According to CNN. The big question is why us doltish Americans can't seem to grasp the obvious. So CNN has a round table discussion this morning sympathizing with President Obama, wondering why Americans just don't feel the love and what this means politically for the Democrats. And it's not just on TV. CNN has been, along with most of the national media, beating the drumbeat of perpetual improvement for years. Read here, and here, and here. Oh, and here, and here, and here.
Of course it is because the jobs are temp and part time jobs, or just people giving up and driving down the unemployment rate. Wages are stagnant while cost of living continues to rise. We were just informed that we'll likely not have a raise, but our insurance premiums are going up next year. That's a net loss, that's losing money, having your income go down for the same work.
People working jobs that, 20 years ago, would have allowed a little savings and an occasional trip to Disney, can't pay the bills or pay for food or basics. That's why people are upset. And if a conservative Republican was in office, you can damn well bet the media would be all over that. Just the fact that most of the economic boon of the last five years has gone to the top 5% would have been a rallying cry. I remember that in college in the 80s. But now? Silence.
Does it bother Americans that we don't have a media interested in conveying information. It's about indoctrinating and brainwashing us into conforming to a single world view.