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Gallup: Americans’ Satisfaction With the Country’s Direction at Highest Point Since 2005 - Do You Agree?
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  • Jean
    02/12/2020
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    COUNTABLE TELLS ME, THEN ASKS: "Gallup: Americans’ Satisfaction With the Country’s Direction at Highest Point Since 2005 - Do You Agree? How do you feel about the direction of the country on a scale of 1 (very satisfied) to 5 (very dissatisfied)?" ME: I STRONGLY DISAGREE. While the stock market and some other economies may be better than when Trump took office, the national and global threats that underpin them are substantial (trade and other wars, forced migration, wealth/income inequality, pandemic threats, trillion dollar deficits, among others). Race relations are probably some better than they were during the Civil Rights Movement, but there's a long way to go, and both race and gender discrimination remain substantial barriers to full equality. In terms of national security, MANY actions of this administration have made it FAR worse than it was (as witnessed by the moving from two minutes to 100 seconds of the Doomsday Clock), from the dismantling of environmental protection standards and multiple nuclear treaties, to alienation of neighbors and allies, to the rapid rise of home-grown terrorist organizations (white nationalism, antisemitism, Muslim hate groups, etc.) -- for starters. Disparity in income and wealth distribution is higher (or at least as high) than it was in the 1920s. "Working hard" is certainly not an answer to getting ahead (see above re: discrimination and income/wealth distribution); the question is not whether unemployment is low, but whether the jobs created are of sufficient quality to provide a living wage in a healthy environment (I suspect the notion of having additional job "benefits" such as health care is moot). As long as this administration works not for we, the people, but for corporations (numerous studies show that the promised GOP tax benefits have NOT trickled down), and as long as this administration empowers foreign countries and not we, the people, I fail to see a better future ahead.

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