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]
The so-called "debates," among too many Republicans to have a debate, are yet another painful sign of how much words and ideas have degenerated in our times.
No one expects these televised sound bites and "gotcha" questions to be anything like the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates on the momentous national issue of slavery.
But the mob scene of candidates on stage that began with the 2012 campaign, and is now being repeated, is a big step down from the modern one-on-one debates between presidential candidates that began with John F. Kennedy versus Richard Nixon in 1960.
"Kevin McCarthy unexpectedly withdrew from the House speaker's race on Thursday, a casualty of a fractured Republican conference. The Californian didn't do much to inspire confidence last week when he suggested that the House Benghazi committee had been designed to attack Hillary Clinton. One pity of the McCarthy comments is that they tainted the committee's work with politics. The bigger pity is…[more]