Hat Tip to Hot Air for the link to the Gallup story.
Gallup has released polling data related to Americans’ opinion of whether the government is doing too much or too little. The results partially renew my faith in Americans and their increasing rejection of the aggressive agenda of the most radical President in US history.
That 21 point split between the “too much” and “too little” response is heartening, but as you might expect the party of dependence and collectivism continues to worship government like a deity:
From the Gallup report:
All of the change in the “too much regulation” direction came among Republicans and independents. Democrats have remained roughly constant across the past year in their feelings on this issue. In both years, Republicans are the most likely to believe that there is too much regulation of business and industry, while Democrats are the least.
I find that staggering. In my opinion it shows that Democrats have an undying love for government and what it can take from others to give to them. Who the hell are these people? Obviously, they are a combination of elitist benefactor socialists and their dependent loser socialists. While their motivations may be different, both groups believe that government owns you.
This poll also shows what many other polls continue to indicate: President Obama and his hard-left colleagues have lost the independents, the people who [for some inexplicable reason] gave him the White House. I submit that they have lost them forever as many independents believed the 2008 fairy tale that candidate Obama was a moderate as opposed to a hard-left ideologue. As President, Mr. Obama has completely disproven that ridiculous notion. He is such a hard-core ideologue that he does not even have the sense to triangulate, moving to the center as Bill Clinton so famously did.
The fact that Americans are more likely now than a year ago to say there is too much regulation of business is notable, given all that has happened over the last 12 months.
The White House has shifted from a Republican to a Democratic administration, and President Obama has pushed aggressive stimulus packages and government involvement in industry and healthcare. The government has spent huge amounts of money investing in two business sectors — the automobile and banking industries — under the assumption that large companies in these industries would have failed without government intervention. These actions, and the recognition that some failed businesses, particularly those in the investment banking sector, have previously operated without much government oversight, could in theory have caused an increased appreciation for governmental regulation. That has not occurred.
Instead, the current findings underscore that the average American is less appreciative of increased government control over business during the past year, rather than more so.
This appears to undercut Newsweek’s fantasy cover from earlier this year:
“If we fail to acknowledge the reality of the growing role of government in the economy, insisting instead on fighting 21st-century wars with 20th-century terms and tactics, then we are doomed to a fractious and unedifying debate. The sooner we understand where we truly stand, the sooner we can think more clearly about how to use government in today’s world.” — Newsweek, February 7th, 2009
Meacham and Thomas were certainly very hopeful, but that was back in the euphoric days of early February when Mr. Obama seemed unstoppable. What is funny is that contrary to the title, they do not make a good case at all that we are “all socialists now.”
Like President Obama and his party, they are rediscovering that America is indeed a center-right country. Data from polls like this one from Gallup likely have them crying over their wine and brie.