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]
Is there a more under-appreciated aspect of America’s constitutional design than the 10th Amendment? By reserving for the states all powers not explicitly delegated to Washington, it created a powerful brake on big government: competition.
With states free to set wildly varying policies, citizens get a choice: When your government gets a little too comfortable taking advantage of you, you can always pick up stakes and head for greener pastures.
While that dynamic has been at work since America’s founding, it’s becoming more acute in the modern age. These days, it’s not…
"The Republicans have decided to have a little bit of authentic democracy within their party, and polite Washington is flipping out. ... The House is about to find out whether the more energetic conservatives long dissatisfied with the leadership of John Boehner can effectively put forward one of their own for the top House job -- and, if they do, Congress and the country are about to find out what…[more]