Compare and contrast the numbers on federal spending and a poll on the national mood. First, the federal spending:
The 21.4% federal spending increase in two years ought to put to rest any debate about the nature of America’s fiscal problem. The Pelosi Congress has used the recession as an excuse to send spending to record heights, and its economic policies have contributed to a lousy recovery. The solution is to stop the spending and change the policies. Polls open on November 2.
With that level of increase, it’s no wonder Gallup finds that most Americans think government has too much power:
Record- or near-record-high percentages of Americans are critical of the size and scope of government, as measured by four Gallup trend questions updated in September. This sentiment stretches to 59% of Americans now believing the federal government has too much power, up eight percentage points from a year ago.
(Gallup poll via Kicking Over My Traces.)
I wonder if these numbers help explain why the Democrats have been campaigning in the gutter this fall, misrepresenting a Republican Senatorial candidate’s prosecutorial record and blaming various Republicans and groups supporting them for all and sundry.
Anything to avoid campaigning on the issues.