New Poll: Americans Who Say Federal Gov't Has "Too Much Power" Matches Record High
So it turns out that Barack Obama is succeeding in his effort to become a transformative president in the manner of Ronald Reagan after all. Unfortunately for him, that's because his presidency has reinforced rather than reversed Reagan's axiom that "government isn't the solution to our problem, government is the problem." Think of him as a Midas in reverse.
This morning, Gallup released a new survey on the question that it has asked Americans every year since 2002: "Do you think the federal government has too much power, has about the right amount of power or has too little power?" Hardened by almost seven years under Obama, the number who say that it has too much power maintains its record high:
The 60% recorded in this survey ties the previous high from 2013 for the question…[more]
I’ve long held the minority viewpoint that the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution — limiting the president to two terms in office — may well have been a mistake.
Yes, there’s no question that the executive branch is uniquely susceptible to consolidating power in a way that threatens the integrity of the Republic. That’s the best argument for putting a hard cap on presidential tenure.
But in insulating against the possibility of that species of unchecked presidential power, you create the certainty of another: Second-term presidents, never having to face the voters…
"Drama over Tuesday night's Democratic debate has disinterred an important question from liberals: Why is the party establishment so scared of having voters see their presidential candidates on TV? ... the Democrats have limited the number of their debates to just six, compared to the Republicans' eleven. Even worse, they've scheduled them for time slots when few other than hardcore supporters will…[more]