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August 22, 2009

The Root Of The Discontent

-- by Dave Johnson

The anxiety is expressed over health care, but the opening for the mistrust came from Obama's favoring of Wall Street.

From A Blue Dog's lament: 'People are scared' - POLITICO.com,

“I go to church. I hear it at church. They’re just afraid. They don’t trust this administration,” Webb said.

Exactly why is tougher to pin down, but it often returns to the same litany, a mix of conservative and populist frustrations. Webb cited the stimulus before wondering in his next breath: “I don’t understand how a company can fail and then the head of that company gets a $3 or $4 million bonus.”

People don't know the difference between the bailouts and the stimulus. People don't know that it was the Bush administration that bailed out Wall Street. And people don't understand why the Obama administration allowed those bonuses.

Posted by Dave Johnson at August 22, 2009 9:36 AM


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