Michael Barone believes that Mitt Romney will defeat Barack Obama in tomorrow’s election because “Fundamentals usually prevail in American elections.” He cites polls showing independents breaking for Romney and indications of increased Republican enthusiasm.
Another fundamental which favors the challenger is the issues. Polls have consistently shown that Americans favor a small government performing fewer services to a larger one doing more. Simply put, Americans thinks government is doing too much.
Last night, I caught a bit of Obama’s speech at the University of Cincinnati. In the segment they showed on CNN, he offered two concrete proposals, one to hire 100,000 teachers and the other to raise taxes on the rich. He did indeed pay lip service to cutting spending, but none of the budgets he proposed as president served to cut government spending — or even limit its growth (save for national security).
By and large, Americans believe the engines of economic growth lie in the private not the public sector. “Mr. Obama’s single greatest flaw as President“, concluded the editors of the Wall Street Journal, “is that for whatever reason—early career in academia, his core beliefs—he thinks economic growth can be ordered up by central planners. Tax more here, spend more there, regulate this or subsidize that, and prosperity will follow.”
And that notion is out of touch with the prevailing sentiment among American voters whom, by a 53-40 margin, according to a recent Washington Post/ABC poll, registered voters believed that “government programs do more to interfere with people’s lives than to improve them.”
Obama is not even considering proposals to curtail — or even contain — government programs. And his only major accomplishments as president include increasing the size and scope of the federal government. No wonder he “hasn’t even tried to campaign on” them.