No One Knows What You’re Talking About

A Zogby poll from late April shows that 57% oppose cap and trade laws, 30% support them and 13% are not sure. But a Rasmussen poll released this week shows that only 24% of voters even know what cap and trade is.

Cap and Trade: An environmental policy that puts a mandatory cap or limit on the amount of pollutants that can be emitted by a company or group through a credit allowance system. That company or group can later sell/trade those credits if they emit less of their allotted amount of pollutants to companies who pollute more.

How can Republicans convince voters that cap and trade drives up energy bills when according to Rasmussen about 29% believe that cap and trade has something to do with regulating Wall Street, 17% think the term applies to health care reform, and 30% have no idea?

These results should serve as a wake up call for Congress. And better yet for the GOP.

I received a phone call this week from a friend who had been listening to a prominent Republican congressman on a talk radio show. “He spoke for three minutes straight and when he was done I had no idea what he had just said,” my friend told me.

This is common on Capitol Hill.

A politician who can master plain speak and still sound educated is a rarity. But there is one politician who did it well. He is now our president.

What else don’t voters know? A lot. Recent polls show voters are ill informed when it comes to most pressing issues facing America today like health care reform and the economy.

HUMAN EVENTS recently ran a story by Rick Scott a health care entrepreneur and chairman of Conservatives for Patients’ Rights. Scott’s research (a recent poll of 1,200 registered U.S. voters) showed that despite the Obama administrations cries that Americans are desperately in need of health care reform only 5% of voters cite health care as a top issue facing the county.

Obama already spent $32.8 billion on the re-authorization of SCHIP.  (Hurry someone take a poll and see if Americans know what SCHIP is. I’m guessing they don’t).

Speaking of billions. Byron Yorks column this week shed light on the fact that only 21% of American’s know how many million is in a trillion.

“Until Americans improve their financial education, the public won’t be able to comprehend these enormous budget issues that have so much impact on their lives,” writes Econ4U.org (poll distributor). Watch this video here of live responses.

There are a million million in a trillion. The majority of respondents thought it was much less than that. This changes the way we look at Obamas $3.6 trillion 2010 budget doesn’t it?

So whose job is it to communicate this information to voters? Is it mine? Is it Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell’s?  What about personal responsibility?

Rasmussen reported yesterday that "only 13% say Congress is the branch of government they trust most." Wouldn’t you trust Congress more if you knew what the heck they were talking about?


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