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Out-of-touch Obama

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.

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  1. “Americans think government is doing too much”

    I would also add that throwing money at a problem will, on occasion” make the situation worse, not better. Welfare is one.

    How many times do we read that a government agency that is supposed to be the fiscal watchdog spends millions on their annual meeting, and un-neccesarily so. The ninth circuit also comes to mind. Its just too easy to waste tax payer money on un-necessary meetings and supposed continuing education.

    And green energy producing jobs at a cost of millions. only to fail

    Comment by Tony — November 5, 2012 @ 10:24 am - November 5, 2012

  2. I think the problem is it seems once the government funds something, that something gets a line on the budget forever.

    I am not opposed to government spending money and I am not opposed on the government spending money on various safety net programs, however just throwing money at them without actually evaluating their efficacy is problematic. Sometimes something doesn’t work and the government should stop funding it.

    I think the government in general is prone to tossing money at a problem and hoping something somewhere sticks and helps. I would like to see more careful planning and evaluation when government is spending money.

    Comment by Just Me — November 5, 2012 @ 11:24 am - November 5, 2012

  3. A bloated government weakens the public’s perception of government. Ironically, those of us who want government smaller make the best case for government’s existence.

    Comment by Ignatius — November 5, 2012 @ 12:39 pm - November 5, 2012

  4. 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.”

    This ‘explanation’ fails to account for the terrible shape the economy was in when he took office. It isn’t as if Obama entered the White House with the economy in neutral. It was collapsing all around him, and that didn’t leave Obama with very many options. He had to increase government spending to counteract the contraction of the private sector. You can’t really make a blanket statement about his core beliefs based on how he reacted to inheriting an economy in crisis mode. Obama’s economic policy in 2009 was triage and it worked, but that doesn’t mean his entire philosophy can be reduced to ‘economic growth ordered by central planners.’

    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.”

    What is to be said? Most American voters are stupid. Government programs are affecting each and every one of us in a million different ways each and every day. Most of the effects are extremely positive and work so reliably that we take them completely for granted, which gives conservatives room to maneuver their ‘government only interferes!’ propaganda right into the brains of the electorate. You’re in outer space if you think the handful of people who are abusing welfare means government spending to address poverty isn’t worth it. Maybe five or ten cents of your total tax bill is wasted on people abusing the welfare system, don’t you think that’s worth providing a safety net for millions of poor families during a recession?

    Comment by Levi — November 5, 2012 @ 4:55 pm - November 5, 2012

  5. Obama’s economic policy in 2009 was triage and it worked, but that doesn’t mean his entire philosophy can be reduced to ‘economic growth ordered by central planners.’

    Actually, it can.

    Obama is a Marxist. He does not believe in private industry. He screams and cries that “you didn’t build that”, insisting that the government is entitled to take over and nationalize every industry in this country.

    Those are facts, Levi. Your malicious lies no longer work. Everyone knows that you are a desperate, malicious liar, a wannabe fascist.

    You’re in outer space if you think the handful of people who are abusing welfare means government spending to address poverty isn’t worth it. Maybe five or ten cents of your total tax bill is wasted on people abusing the welfare system, don’t you think that’s worth providing a safety net for millions of poor families during a recession?

    Comment by Levi — November 5, 2012 @ 4:55 pm – November 5, 2012

    Oh really, Levi?

    How does THIS help “the poor”?

    Or maybe this? Or this?

    Levi and his fellow antireligious bigots would throw a screaming FIT if a religious figure or charity was found to be demanding that people pay more money for “the poor” while spending the money on private jets, lavish parties, and extravagant retreats.

    But of course, when one corners THEM on it, they scream and whine that if you don’t let them buy these things that you want to murder poor people.

    That only proves that liberals like Levi are amoral hypocrites and liars who steal from the poor.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 5, 2012 @ 5:32 pm - November 5, 2012

  6. Oh really, Levi?

    How does THIS help “the poor”?

    Or maybe this? Or this?

    This is exactly the point. You are complaining about amounts of money that are meaningless. What, do you think John Beohner is fixing the deficit because he flies commercially?

    Meanwhile, Bush invades Iraq for a few trillion dollars and this counts as a great investment in your view. What kind of credibility do you think that leaves you with?

    Comment by Levi — November 5, 2012 @ 10:35 pm - November 5, 2012

  7. Abd when confronted with facts, Levi runs away. Hey Levi, I noticed you can’t reply to the Waffle House factor. Any more lies you want to tell?

    Now hush Levi, the adults are talking.

    Comment by The_Livewire — November 6, 2012 @ 7:41 am - November 6, 2012

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