The New York Times had a fascinating story on its editorial page today about American's awareness of how things work in congress and how ignorant many people are about how their representatives vote. Only 26% know how many votes it takes to break a Senate filibuster. And, only 32% know that no republican senators voted for the health care bill. The numbers are even more dismal in the 18-29 age demographic. I would bet many more people know how much money the movie 'Avatar' has raked in! Time for the schools to fire up those Civics classes. I know that immigrants who become citizens know much more about how our government works than the rank and file American.
The Albuquerque Journal negativity columnist Thom Cole outed me as a retired official of the Richardson administration in the paper today because I criticized the Journal in this blog for wanting people to come up with new negative slogans for our state. I guess being a retired public servant is a bad thing in his mind. Well, I still like him although I do get tired of his continued rewriting of stories that are aimed at the Governor. I mean, how many times can your rearrange the facts to make it look like a new story? I would like him and his editors to actually find some new facts to enlighten us with. Maybe start at the State Land Office.
I have one idea for the Journal. Maybe they could do a daily factoid on the comics page about how our government works. They could become a civics teacher and it would be a great public service.