While the president’s speech may have solidified his standing with his liberal base, it will likely to do little to endear him Americans in the middle. Instead of focusing on ever-increasing government expenditures, he should trust instead to the private sector.
It’s not just that these policies work, it’s also that they accord with the views of the American people. A new Tarrance Group poll finds
. . . little appetite among American voters for additional regulations coming out of Washington. Three quarters (74%) of voters throughout the country believe that businesses and consumers are over-regulated. Further, another two thirds (67%) believe that regulations have increased over the past few years. These percentages include majorities of all partisan affiliations, with 91% of Republicans, 75% of Independents and 58% of Democrats saying businesses/consumers are over-regulated.
Majorities of Americans believe “increasing number of regulations have created uncertainty for large and small businesses (66%), and that agencies who enforce regulations fail to consider how their decisions lead to increased prices for consumers and job losses (69%).” Not just that, 73% believe that increased government mandates increase the costs of goods and services.
Doesn’t seem that Americans would be averse then to policies which instead of increasing government expenditures reduce its oversight of the economy.