Responding to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s statement about delaying a vote on Obamacare because the Democrat supposedly wants “a product based on quality and thoughtfulness rather than try to jam something through,” Michelle Malkin offered:
Gee, if only they had that attitude before they jammed through all the bailouts, the porkulus, and the House cap and tax bill!
As I read her commentary, something stuck me about the failure of Democrats to ram through yet another high-cost spending bill: people are paying attention, more so than Democrats thought they would be during the summer.
On the “stimulus,” people gave the president the benefit of the doubt; we Americans cut our our new chief executives some slack in their first months in office. We want them to succeed and trust they have the right solutions to our problems. But, as people became aware of the cost of this president’s programs (and contrasted them with his campaign promise of a “net spending cut“), they began to balk.
And maybe the “Tea Parties” helped remind them they were not alone with their concerns.
Whatever the case, people are paying attention now and are not too happy with the cost of the President’s progams–and the speed of their drafting and deliberation.
That diminished trust can be traced directly to the stimulus. When Obama and his Democratic allies pushed it through Congress, they spoke constantly of “crisis” and warned of “catastrophe” if their bill was not passed. So the public, ready to give the new president a chance, supported him, even though the stimulus spent billions on the pet projects of Democratic lawmakers.
Now, to judge by the polls, a lot of people view things differently. In the latest Gallup survey, 64 percent say the stimulus has had no effect at all on their family’s financial situation. Twenty-two percent say it has made their financial situation worse. Just 14 percent say it has made their situation better. Even when asked to predict the long term, more people say the stimulus will have no effect or make the economy worse than say it will make the economy better.
The stimulus has also pushed the issue of the deficit near the top of the public’s concerns at precisely the time the Congressional Budget Office has concluded that Obamacare would make the nation’s rising debt worse, not better. “Our annual deficit this year [is bigger] than all of the previous five years combined,” says Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “We saw what happened when some rushed and spent a trillion dollars on an artificial deadline with the stimulus. The American people don’t want the same mistake to be made again.”
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