You would think a leader whose "gutsy" decision to take out the evil mastermind behind 9/11 would be getting high-fives all around — and from men in particular. But not according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll.
In fact, MEN ARE ONE OF THE FEW DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS WHOSE OPINION OF PRESIDENT OBAMA IS LOWER TODAY THAN A MONTH AGO, BEFORE THE NAVY SEALS' SUCCESSFUL RAID ON OSAMA BIN LADEN'S PAKISTAN COMPOUND MAY 2.
IBD/TIPP’s Presidential Leadership Index, which reflects Americans’ opinion of the job the president is doing and the leadership he is providing, rose 2.5 points, or 5.3%, to 49.8 in the survey of 917 adults taken May 1 to 6. But among men, the reading fell 2.2 points, or 4.9%, to 43, a six-month low.
You can fool all of the people some of the time….
The Fair Trade Crock
IF YOU WANT TO HELP OUT THIRD WORLD FARM WORKERS, IGNORE THE "WAKE UP THE WORLD" CAMPAIGN. Don't have a "fair trade" breakfast -- or anything else. The "fair trade" label is a crock.
You're likeliest to see the "fair trade" label at high-end coffee shops and grocery stores -- especially ones with a "progressive" clientele. THE CERTIFICATION IS SUPPOSED TO LET YOU ENJOY YOUR LATTE WITHOUT FEELING GUILTY FOR EXPLOITING THE ETHIOPIAN OR ECUADORAN WHO HARVESTED THE BEANS.
Oh, the likes of Angelina Jolie and Colin Firth endorse it -- but the main value it brings is the consumer's feeling of socially conscious satisfaction.
Fair-trade-certified products -- coffee, bananas, cocoa, etc. from developing countries -- have boomed this last decade. US sales of fair-trade goods rose from $15 million to $48 million from 2005 to 2009.
Most people think "fair trade" guarantees better pay for agricultural workers in developing countries. The Fair Trade USA Web site insists, "We can change the world by changing our breakfast."
Sorry: WHAT THE ORGANIZED FAIR-TRADE MOVEMENT ACTUALLY DOES IS SIMPLY PROVIDE SELECTED PRODUCERS OF CASH CROPS IN SUCH NATIONS WITH GUARANTEED MINIMUM PRICES FOR THEIR PRODUCTS. The direct benefits are small and rarely go to the least well-off. Worse, fair trade can hinder economic development…..
And you can fool some of the people all of the time….