Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: The next presidential election seems to be gathering some early steam, which means the season of polling will be upon us before we know it. Kind of like my daily letter to the White House - before you know it, there it is!
Dear Mr. President,
I was looking at a new poll that shows Americans are less angry with the government, and more just generally frustrated. I suppose that is progress, in a sort of “I was falling down a hill but I hit the bottom before I broke any more bones” kind of way.
Of course the Republicans are more negative about government than the Democrats, but it’s still not a pretty picture.
This poll has me wondering: Do you think if the economy were doing much better our opinion of government would be vastly improved? I imagine it would be, because when things are going badly in my life, I’ve often found that everything annoys me more than it otherwise would. Bad drivers. Long lines. People talking in theaters. Well, to be honest, that last one always drives me crazy, but you get my point.
My mother says I was that way as a little kid. She could always tell when I was getting sick because some tiny thing would go wrong and I would fall apart.
“Hey, Mom, are we out of Captain Crunch?”
(Speaking of which, how long has it been since you’ve had a nice bowl of Captain Crunch? That was one fine cereal for Saturday morning cartoons, let me tell you!)
I’m sure that’s a big part of what is happening in this poll. The government is like your refrigerator. You don’t think about it much as long as it works. People don’t dwell on the government when things are going well. (I mean normal people…not you political types who seem to find nothing else quite as interesting)
When taxes seem reasonable, services plentiful, jobs secure, and inflation is under control, most people couldn’t care less what you D.C. power players do with your time. But when things are bad? That’s when voters start hawk-eyeing the process, finding fault, and demanding changes.
This is a resting day on the running circuit, so I’m around and available if you want to chat. After your busy week, I’m guessing you might. Oh! And I need to tell you, that I have two specials on this weekend: My latest “Building Up America” show is Saturday at 3pm Eastern, and I have another show called “Stories: Reporter” on Sunday at 7:30 pm Eastern. Let me know what you think!
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