Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Uninformed Americans

If matching presidential candidates to their positions on basic issues were like a "Jeopardy!" category, most Americans wouldn't earn a single dollar.

More than half of those polled by the National Annenberg Election Survey didn't know President Bush alone favors allowing private investments of some Social Security money. Nearly as many didn't know that only Democratic candidate John Kerry proposes getting rid of tax breaks for the overseas profits of U.S. companies.

Importing drugs from Canada? That's a Kerry issue, but nearly half either didn't know or thought Bush also supported changing federal law to allow for drug imports from Canada.

Making abortions more difficult to obtain? Nearly one-third of those surveyed didn't know Bush alone supports more restrictions on abortion.

Eliminating the tax on estates? Two-thirds didn't know that's a Bush proposal.

After two years of presidential campaigning and hundreds of millions of dollars in political ads, many voters remained clueless about those and other policies, according to the survey. Annenberg analyst Kate Kenski blamed the candidates for not stressing their points of view and the news media for focusing on character assessments and the race itself.

Excuse me but, bullshit. If people don't know where the candidates stand, it's because they are too lazy to get off their butts and find out. There is absolutely no reason for not knowing where a candidate stands, well, with Kerry, he stands all over but, you can still get a feeling on where he stands.

There are websites, libraries have free internet access, there are pamphlets both candidates have put out and on and on. If you can't figure something as easy as where a candidate stands, I hope to God you don't vote because you are an idiot.