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19, 2006 - יום חמישי,
moments in everyone’s life that are simply telling. They are
usually defining moments. Moments that if we would take the time to
contemplate their implications, they would lead us to an honest reflection of
who we are. I think this past September 27 was one of those occasions.
I’m not sure how many people noticed one
of the headlines that day. It read, “Falling US gas prices boost Bush poll
numbers.” When I read those headlines the thought that crossed my mind was
that this is one of those occasions that should be a cause for us to pause and
The thrust of that story was that many
people say that the falling prices at the gas pump have lifted President
Bush's sagging poll numbers.
"It pumps up presidential
popularity," said Larry Sabato, a political analyst at the University of
And while many experts believe that the
recent rebound enjoyed by President Bush in the polls is a result of the new
emphasis by the federal government on security, others say it is mostly about
the new lower gas prices.
"I see a near-perfect correlation
between Bush's rise in the polls and the decline in gas prices," Sabato
"I think for most people it's a lot
more important than the global war on terror," he said. "People tank
up twice a week. They feel it in their pocket book," he said.
It does seem clear that US consumers are
in a more upbeat mood as gas prices continue to decline.
"The economy continues to grow to
record levels, and the American people are more convinced now as they feel
relief at the pump and have more money in their pockets," Dennis Hastert,
House Speaker said.
Historically, American voters are less
likely to shake up the political make-up of Washington if they can fill their
cars' gas tanks cheaply.
Hastert said the improving economy gave
voters reason to return Republican lawmakers to Congress, rather than
defecting to opposition Democrats, whom many political observers believe are
poised to take control of the House of Representatives.
Whether the falling gas prices is a
political ploy or not I think this is one of those moments that reflect who we
are. Americans believe that they are moved and affected by many important
issues. People believe in saving the world, saving the trees, saving the
whales etc. They also strive to help the underprivileged and orphans and the
neglected. There were demonstrations for the war in Iraq and against it. There
was even national outrage when the personal saga of Terry Schiavo played
itself out. Americans like to believe that they have strong conviction and
Yet the September 27th article seems to imply, that the bottom line
is that it’s our own pocket book that creates the most impact. I think it is
incumbent upon us to use this revealing moment as a spring board and ask
ourselves, “Is this really how we want to define ourselves? By the price of
a gallon of gasoline?”
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