America Crumbles

I’ve been involved in a number of online ‘wars’ over the debt ceiling and the US Federal deficit. It surprises me how many are willing to pony up worn out slogans while forgetting the most important player in this debate: the Average American.

Yes, I know that there are deep problems with the national debt, and I scream about it as loudly as anyone I know. In fact, I’m sure that some of the forums I haunt are thoroughly sick of me.

Worse than any problem with the national debt is the breakdown in trust between the government and the people. True, there wasn’t a whole lot of trust to begin with, but it has never been this low. In fact people are starting to wonder how much lower it can go before there’s talk of the unthinkable.

Here are 16 Statistics Which Prove That The American People Are Absolutely Seething With Anger, from the Economic Collapse blog:

#1 A new Washington Post poll has found that a whopping 78 percent of Americans are dissatisfied “with the way this country’s political system is working”.

#2 That same poll found that only 26 percent of Americans believe that the federal government can solve the economic problems that we are now facing.

#3 Gallup says that Barack Obama’s job approval rating has hit an all-time low of 39%.

#4 According to a recent CBS News/New York Times poll, Congress has a disapproval rating of 82%.

#5 A new Rasmussen survey has found that 85 percent of Americans believe that members of Congress “are more interested in helping their own careers than in helping other people.”

#6 That same survey found that 46 percent of the American people believe that most members of Congress are corrupt.  That figure was a new all-time high.

#7 According to a different Rasmussen survey, only 17 percent of Americans now believe that the U.S. government has the consent of the governed.

#8 A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll discovered that 73 percent of the American people believe that the nation is “on the wrong track”.

#9 A recent poll taken by Rasmussen found that 68 percent of Americans believe that we are actually in a recession right now.

#10 According to Gallup, the percentage of Americans that lack confidence in U.S. banks is now at an all-time high of 36%.

#11 U.S. consumer confidence is now at its lowest level in 30 years.

#12 According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 90 percent of Americans believe that the economy is performing poorly.

#13 That same poll found that approximately 80 percent of Americans believe that it is “difficult” to find a job these days.

#14 According to one recent poll, 39 percent of Americans believe that the U.S. economy has now entered a “permanent decline”.

#15 Another recent survey found that 48 percent of Americans believe that it is likely that another great Depression will begin within the next 12 months.

#16 According to a brand new Rasmussen survey, 48% of Americans believe that reductions in government spending are “at least somewhat likely” to result in civil unrest inside the United States.

The poll that shocked me the most is the one up there at #7:

#7 According to a different Rasmussen survey, only 17 percent of Americans now believe that the U.S. government has the consent of the governed.

When do revolutions start? When the consent of the governed goes down to 10%? 5%?

We laud the results of the American Revolution. At what point did the Americans decide to revolt against Great Britain?

At what point does American dissatisfaction begins to feed on itself, escalating out of control?

We cannot be far off from that now.