What Fresh Hell Is This?

October 13, 2005

AOL Poll: Bush in the Crapper

Yes, these kinds of self-selected polls are completely unscientific, but boy, is this one sweet. Besides, his number suck on EVERY poll.

How would you rate President Bush's overall performance?
Poor 73%

Good 10%
Excellent 9%
Fair 7%

Do Bush's poll ratings signal long-term trouble for him?
Yes 75%

No 25%

Which issue do you believe has been the most damaging for him?
War in Iraq 69%

Hurricane Katrina 16%
Rising gas prices 14%

Total Votes: 54,644

(Further down the page)

Which is more to blame for Bush's poll ratings?
Decisions and actions within his control 81%
Circumstances beyond his control 19%
Total Votes: 27,526

Harriet Miers will get confirmed to the Supreme Court.
Fiction 55%

Fact 45%
Total Votes: 23,562

President Bush's approval rating will jump by this time next year.
Fiction 78%

Fact 22%
Total Votes: 24,333

Democrats will win control of Congress in 2006.
Fact 70%
Fiction 30%
Total Votes: 24,498

If you have AOL, you can vote here.


fred said...

Bush is surely one dude that will never run for president again. If he is reelected in 2008, I will kiss your ass! In the next three years why don't you just bend over and take it like men, Oh you are libs, I forgot.

Shawn said...

He may not need to run for reelection but he is currently Kryptonite to the rest of the Republican Party. And he has done this by sheer dint of his own effort.

As for the bending over, I doubt that yer twiddly ass could force me into that postion. But if yer Freudian-tinged obssessions get the better of you, gimme a time and place and we'll let 'nature' take her course.

Maria said...

Bend over and take it like men? Isn't your side against that sort of thing?

cspanjunky said...

To: U.S. Congress and the FCC

We, the undersigned, while believing in the importance of a Free Market and Freedom of Speech, also believe in the importance of The Public Airwaves to be used as mandated by the FCC "...In the Public Interest, Necessity, and Convenience." We believe the use of The Public Airwaves is crucial to spread knowledge, culture, and civics. We therefore write to petition you to consider major changes in the allocation of the Broadcast Spectrum.

The Public Airwaves are a Vast Toxic Wasteland.
Congress needs to hold hearing on THE STATE OF THE AIRWAVES.
They would find:

1) That the Broadcast and Cable companies have not lived up to using the Public Airwaves, as the FCC mandated "... in the spirit of Public Interest, Necessity, and Convenience."

2) That the FCC and Congress have " given away, rent free", the Public Airwaves.

3) That the Broadcast and Cable companies have "... made so much money doing IT'S worst, IT can't afford to do better."

In the 1990's the FCC, with much support from the Congress, auctioned off portions of the Broadcast Spectrum. One portion of the Spectrum that was being auctioned would potentially reach 16 million customers (citizens). Almost as many people as the population of the state of Texas.

That particular portion sold for $3.00. Three dollars! When former FCC chairman Reed was asked to comment, he said "...I wish I had three dollars".

This cavalier policy and stewardship of the Public Airwaves has been good for the Broadcast and Cable companies, and their stock holders. And absolutely hideous for Civics, Public Affairs, and Democracy.

Before 2009, the FCC will give away more of the Public Airwaves, worth between 80-100 billion dollars. Once again, the Public will be outside, looking in, as the Broadcast Spectrum goes to the highest campaign contributors.

What does the Public receive from the License holders, for their use of the Broadcast Spectrum? Inexpensive Cable and Satellite packages? Intellectually stimulating programs broadcast into our homes at no charge? Choices and Diversity? Event coverage and programming with redeemable qualities? Or is it "...500 channels and still there's nothing worth watching".

There are many Independent, Grassroots, and Localized ways to use the Broadcast Spectrum. But on the National level, the Country needs more Public affairs, more Civics. The unedited, undefiled paradigm C-SPAN has perfected, is the only thing We can all agree on. It promotes Democracy and Participation. Not even the corporate media conglomerates can be against Democracy.

We therefore call on the Congress, and the FCC, to hold hearings on the benefits of more C-SPAN. And to take steps to move forward with the endeavor of creating more C-SPAN Companion Networks. When there is more than enough Broadcast Spectrum to dedicate to Civics, Culture, History and Democracy, We should not allow greed to get in the way of the Public Interest, Necessity and Convenience.

Put the Public back in the Public Airwaves.