Surveys and polls are part of any election season, but here is one worth paying attention to.
Allstate Insurance has teamed with National Journal in a survey of the thoughts of middle-class Americans. The findings are interesting. For example, 64 percent of Americans think they face more economic risk than their parents did. Nearly half are putting off major purchases, reducing spending and paying down debt. Fifty-six percent think personal debt is an obstacle to achieving the American dream. They also think government should live within its budget.
Sixty percent believe policies that are supposed to repair the economy have primarily benefited institutions, not individuals. And a whopping 70 percent say individuals, companies and government have not learned from the mistakes of the recession and will likely return to making irresponsible choices.
That's depressing. It's also what happens to uncontrolled human nature. It is one of many consequences of what happens to nations and individuals who put something in the place of God.
In Charlotte, N.C., I'm Cal Thomas.
Publication date: September 4, 2012