How fitting that the day after the Gipper’s birthday, I learn (via Byron York) that his ideas still resonate with the American people. This latest Gallup poll confirms what other surveys have been showing since shortly after President Obama and congressional Democrats began pushing their big government initiatives.
Guess Fred Barnes was right about Obama’s “misreading of the 2008 election“:
He and Democratic liberals interpreted it as a mandate for an era of liberal lawmaking and governance in a newly minted center-left America. And they set out to create that era with sweeping initiatives on health care, energy and the environment, and the economy.
Problem is is that these government initiatives don’t find much favor with the American people. While Gallup found that “about a quarter of Americans felt there was too little government regulation of business and industry“, the “majority of Americans believed that there was either too much regulation, or about the right amount.” Indeed, a full 50%, exactly half, thought government should “become less involved in regulating business.”