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]
Not always. Not everyone. But enough.
This week, for example, while thinking about the pope's take on global warming, I tweeted out this comment: "Celebrate climate change, an externality of the greatest poverty destroying program in the history of mankind." There is plenty to disagree with in my observation, I admit. Although I believe what I wrote to be true, I sent it out partly to elicit exactly the sort of reaction my tweet got — with one person calling me a psychopath (a Slate writer, not some anonymous critic) and another calling me sociopathic, among other things. I don't…
"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]