Americans are more dissatisfied with the country’s direction than at any time since the New York Times/CBS News poll began asking about the subject in the early 1990s, according to the latest poll.
In the poll, 81 percent of respondents said they believed that “things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track,” up from 69 percent a year ago and 35 percent in early 2003.
Although the public mood has been darkening since the early days of the war in Iraq, it has taken a new turn for the worse in the last few months, as the economy has seemed to slip into recession. There is now nearly a national consensus that the country faces significant problems.
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It's relatively simple.
The effects of Bush and his moneyed minions have finally begun to sink in to the rest of the country while many of us have felt this coming for six to seven years. Many of us have felt the country as a whole was in trouble after the 2000 election while others began to get that sense around September of the following year and still others sensed the coming mood in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq. It would be nice if the public had sniffed the whole affair out sooner, but they were all too busy watching, ironically, American Idol! They were busy building track houses and Wal-Mart stores and Gold's Gym and waiting on their tax cuts to buy a third home. Maybe they were distracted by the Oscars or the Grammies or gays in the military or any number of scandals in Hollywood!
In other words, “things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track,” is a "no shit" moment.