Editorial: We’re grinding away, trying to improve
Americans are not expressing optimism in finances, how the IRS operated in a scandal uncovered this summer or the idea of better students being a product of more money.
But given the choice to form their own state, imperfect as it may be, they like what they’ve got.
Those are the summarized results of a recent Rasmussen independent public opinion survey.
The round of questions included state secession, finances, presidential approval, breaking the law by the IRS and school performance relative to funding.
There were no true surprises in the findings. Gloom and glasses half empty have engulfed the country since the recession more than half a decade ago. Happy days still aren’t here again.
We prefer the positive side of life. But more challenges have become albatrosses rather than successful opportunities.
Henderson and Vance County are no different than the rest of the country. And depending on where we stand and from which direction we hear the voices, we have more trouble than most.
In the poll, 17 percent opted for their section of the state to secede and form a new state. That’s a cringing thought for a section as small as the Tri-County or as large as eastern North Carolina.
The poll also found 42 percent thought their finances were getting worse against 25 percent feeling they were improving. Among investors, 31 percent said personal finances are getting better and 34 percent disagreed.
In an answer that resonates with recent budget questions in North Carolina, only 8 percent were aware the U.S. spends on average about $10,000 per student on education. There were 36 percent who didn’t know how much.
What we’ve heard lately is parents must be more involved. And the poll seems to agree — only 35 percent thought student performance would elevate with more funding, and 43 percent said it would not improve even if funding increased.
Improving our lot doesn’t just happen while we’re waiting for handouts and entitlements. That can improve us, even put us beyond others.
But whether it is financial security, or school performance, the sustainable gains we make come through our diligence and labor. Gloom and doom can be put behind us, but only if we put in the work.