For John, BLUF: Americans, by and large, believe their future is in their own hands.
From the PEW Trust we have a global survey on attitudes toward whether or not hard work pays off.
Only the folks in Pakistan beat us on this survey, which is summarized above. This 77% leaves 23% not having faith in their own ability to achieve their goals, but that 23% is smaller than the infamous 47%. Governor Bobby Jindal has it right and Governor Mitt Romney had it wrong earlier this week.
If we’re going to continue to be a competitive party and win elections on the national stage and continue to fight for our conservative principles, we need two messages to get out loudly and clearly. One, we are fighting for 100 percent of the votes, and secondly, our policies benefit every American who wants to pursue the American dream, period. No exceptions.As long as we keep this American Dream alive we are going to do OK. That is a good thing.
Regards — Cliff