Calling it "a gage to try to get at the anger and what's behind the anger" in the country, ABC News' George Stephanopoulos discussed the network's "Frustration Poll" during Tuesday's Good Morning America. On a scale from 0-100, with 100 standing for "the grouchiest," the Index today stands at 67 which is a 16-year low.
The June 8 primaries were called “Super Tuesday” by some media outlets, but there was no super message being sent by voters nationwide. While some incumbents – particularly Republicans who voted for the TARP bailout in October 2008 – seem headed for retirement, the primaries on June 8 did not reflect the same general anti-incumbent mood of earlier primaries, perhaps in part because many of the races failed to demonstrate clear ideological distinctions and were contests between establishment candidates.
Item: Reuters reported on May 20: “New York Governor David Paterson on Thursday proposed lifting the sales tax on diet soda, while adding a new ‘sugar tax’ to full-calorie drinks, in a fresh bid to boost revenue for the cash-strapped state. The proposed tax would generate $815 million annually, a Paterson spokesman said.”
It won't be taken by either man as a compliment, but then it wasn't meant to be. New York Congressman Charles Rangel said that in continuing America's military presence in Iraq, Barrack Obama has come to resemble former Vice President Dick Cheney.