A bit of self-congratulatory praise for a blog post I wrote two months ago about details buried in an Associated Press poll on health care. For anyone who thinks that Americans want the government to run their lives, that poll was brutal, because it showed just the opposite.
The poll also shows how much ground Obama has lost during his first year of trying to convince the public that more government is the answer to the country’s problems. By 58 percent to 38 percent, Americans said they prefer smaller government and fewer services to larger government with more services.
I’m not surprised by this at all. You can see that the country has been shifting that way ever since President Obama’s inauguration, when people started to realize what his policies would actually be: continuing bank bailouts, worthless stimulus spending on Congressional pet projects, zero leadership on the healthcare debate, and dithering on military and foreign policy issues.
Like I said, nothing in that poll surprises me, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone else following the news except the most partisan Kool-air drinkers.
Here’s what I think would be an interesting series of questions: ask the same questions, except insert Republican wherever the current poll questions have Democrat, and insert Mitch McConnell, John Boehner wherever you have President Obama. I’ll bet the numbers are just as bad, if not worse. The point is, as bad as the public feels about Obama and his policies, the Republicans present no viable alternative.
No wonder the vast majority wants smaller government.