Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wednesday's wash

It appears Americans' views on the economy are souring.
The majority believes it will get worse before it gets better.
And by the way, here's an NPR poll that also won't bring good news for President Obama:
"President Obama has hit a rough patch this summer, squeezed between a lingering recession and rising questions about the health care overhaul he has made the centerpiece of his first-year agenda. The nation is close to evenly split in its assessment of the president's policies to date, and there is great intensity on both sides of the debate with dwindling numbers in the middle.
Those are the chief findings of the latest NPR poll of 850 registered voters conducted nationwide Wednesday through Sunday by a bipartisan team."

BASEBALL DIARY: again, the Tigers fail to hit--they score 3 in the second inning, but then 15 consecutive Tigers go down at one point in the game and the team doesn't score again, losing to Texas 7-3. No wonder the Tigers still seek a bat and another arm; Luke French as the 5th starter (he lost last night) doesn't look that promising...
The Rangers meanwhile are now only a game and a half back of the Boston Red Sox in the wild card race in the AL.
The Cubs lost to the Astros 11-6. Ryan Dempster had a tough night, but at least he's back from injury.

Specifically, NBC's Chuck Todd and co. fears President Obama may be losing the "message war" on health care reform:
"Perhaps the biggest thing that stood out to us at President Obama’s AARP town hall yesterday was that the White House appears to be losing the message war on health care. How do we know? Just listen to the questions the AARP callers had. Several of them asked about "rumors,” and they also brought up GOP talking points on "rationing" or the government coming to your house to ask how you want to die (!!!)."
Yes, well, heaven forbid that Republicans let the public know what they think about the Democrats' health care plans and have the public maybe, just maybe, AGREE with it (in the mind of many of the media, that equals persons bringing up "GOP talking points"). And why the exclamation points concerning the possibility of government counseling on end-of-life issues, Mr. Todd and friends? Surely you must know that Obama has spoken several times on the issue of the elderly and end of life care, and has at the very least hinted that we must scale back the extent of the care we offer...

Good to see our liberal friends in the media unhappy, though. That usually means good things are happening.