One thing the aftermath of the bin Laden capture and kill shows is the corrosive effect of the constant pick, pick, pick against our elected officials. (Don’t like to call them leaders.)
It’s mainly the media – television, radio, newspapers, but schools and universities also indulge in this disgusting practice. Educators are a bit more circumspect and one-sided, but still manage to put down almost every political person within their purview.
We know why they do it. Polling indicates clearly that people are more likely to vote AGAINST someone than FOR someone. So, you have to tear down your opponent in order to get your own guy elected. But this is a no-win game, leaving a permanent bad taste in our mouths.
The left nags and attacks Republicans, especially strong, good-looking women like Palin and Bachmann, mercilessly. The right does the same, constantly harping on bad things done by all the presidents who were Democrats. This takes away from the really bad ones by lumping the not-so-bad ones in the same dirty, slimy pit.
This is happening all over the world. Wives, deputies and assistants are attacked as well. Why? How does this advance one’s cause – left or right? It just makes you look petty. It also obscures and twists our picture of our world.
This is really bad for the kids. It makes them feel lost. They become cynical with absolutely nothing to go on – just the constant negativity they encounter where ever they go.
It also ignores the real issues that are causing so much pain on Main Street: over-spending and over-taxing by governments at all levels. No one reports on the actual size of the budgets. We know it’s hard to make that interesting, but it’s not impossible.
IFO’s prescription for this malady? We all must strive to raise the economic literacy level in the U.S. and the world. That is why we started Investing for One. Our small contribution to the Cause.