With the news coming rather late in the day that US President Barack Obama had apparently shifted his views on same-sex unions, the first Nationally broadcast radio program to address the issue was the Savage Nation.
right now, there would (perhaps*) be a massive turnout that would surely indicate the position the majority of Americans have taken on this issue.
But one caller to Michael Savage's program brought up an interesting word, referring to the President's announcement as "calculated." As I went through the routines and rituals of my evening, that word "calculated" kept popping up in my mind. It wasn't until this morning "it" hit me.
Just like last time there was a Presidential election, gas prices are s-l-o-w-l-y dropping - $3.90 a gallon this morning when I filled up - and there were folks at the pumps at Stewart's ooohing and aaaahing over that still-ridiculously high price!
These strategically-timed decreases automatically make people feel better and actually boost the economy. If gas ever went just below $3 a gallon, the economy would respond dramatically - but that won't be allowed to happen. Instead we will softly descend into smooth happy bliss as prices trickle down to $3.75, $3.55, maybe even $3.49 or if we're lucky, $3.29!
By the time November hits, voter "shock and awe" surrounding Obama's gay announcement will have well worn-off, and really won't make a big difference in the election outcome, regardless of Romney's stance. Now Romney will either take the gay bull by the horns, or back away from the issue, or decide that he, too has "evolved." But again, by November, Romney's position (whatever it eventually turns out to be) will be null.
So leave it to NPR to touch a really raw nerve. A nerve that, along with gas prices, is crippling Americans, the economy and "the American Dream." A nerve that if left exposed could make the gay marriage insignificant to the voting public.
A new Rutgers University survey of those who graduated from college between 2006 and 2011 finds that just half of those grads are working full time.
The study finds that 6 in 10 students take on debt — more than $20,000 on average — even as a lack of jobs leaves them less able to pay it back.
And even more — 45 percent — do not see owning a home at any point in the near future.
NPR is on it. So should we all be.
* I have to emphasize "perhaps" because these days you can't second-guess or take anything for granted!