Gallup: Opposition to big government growing rapidly

posted at 11:36 am on September 21, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

To no one’s great shock, the nation has reacted to the radical nature of the Democratic agenda by expressing even more suspicion of big-government solutions.  Gallup polled adults, not registered or likely voters, and found a sharp increase in belief that government overregulates and tries to assume too much power, usually a result seen more among likely voters.  In fact, the last time such sharp reactions got measured, Democrats lost control of Congress:

Americans are more likely today than in the recent past to believe that government is taking on too much responsibility for solving the nation’s problems and is over-regulating business. New Gallup data show that 57% of Americans say the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to businesses and individuals, and 45% say there is too much government regulation of business. Both reflect the highest such readings in more than a decade. …

These two measures are based on questions Gallup has asked each September since 2001, and intermittently before that. The 57% level of public concern about big government in this survey is, among other things, coincident with an extensively increased government involvement in the economy, and the extensive focus on a large-scale government effort to reform healthcare that was underway as this survey was being conducted.

The chart shows the sudden jump upward in opposition to heavier regulation:

Interestingly, the peak of the “right amount” sentiment came in 2005, when the economy was sailing well.  Despite what the White House and the Democrats think, the notion that government regulates too little has never been popular with the American people, not even in the most liberal sampling method available.  At its best, it hit parity with “too much” and “just right” in 2002, after the economic crisis touched off by the 9/11 attacks.  It now trails “too much” by almost 2-1.

Why, then, has the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress insisted on following a regulatory path?  They appear to have fundamentally misunderstood both their mandate and the historical reasons they came to power.  Even in 2006, Americans did not elect Democrats because they yearned for more regulation and government intervention in their lives.  “Just right” dropped 10 points in 2006, while “too much” rose to 36% to lead all other options.  The country elected Democrats because of the failures of Republicans to act ethically and responsibly, not to put Nancy Pelosi in charge of the agenda.  Obama got elected because of widespread discontent with the Bush administration and the failure to select a candidate who represented enough change from it.

In misunderstanding these reasons, Democrats run the risk of squandering their opportunity to lead.  Independents now have a majority that say government overregulates, up 12 points since last year.  In another question, 57% believe that government is now trying to do too much, up from below a majority earlier in the year, while those who say government should do more has dropped to 38%.  Those numbers are actually worse among independents, 63%-33%, the Democrats’ key demographic to their 2006 and 2008 victories.

Those two elections gave Democrats an opportunity to show they could lead an essentially center-right nation on a path towards fiscal responsibility and careful use of government power.  Instead, they took it to mean that the electorate wanted them to go on an even bigger spending spree than the Republicans did, with more government intervention and more infringement on personal choices than ever before.  They’re on a high-speed rail trip to electoral disaster, and the only question now is whether Republicans can derail these increasing unpopular agenda items before they become law and before they have a chance to take back control of Congress.


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PatriotRider on September 21, 2009 at 11:38 AM

is there really a God?

moonbatkiller on September 21, 2009 at 11:41 AM

How dare all those racists not let a black president steal and spend their money. After all, his ancestors built this country on the backs of their slave labor. He earned that money then. . .

or maybe not.

ThackerAgency on September 21, 2009 at 11:41 AM

If the government ran the press, we wouldn’t have these pesky stories cropping up.

Vashta.Nerada on September 21, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Don’t worry. As soon as the government bails out the media, newspapers will find out that 100% of the people say it’s just right.

Daggett on September 21, 2009 at 11:41 AM

That is one heck of a whack graph! Of course, the democrat party is whack, so it seems appropriate.

SouthernGent on September 21, 2009 at 11:41 AM

They’re on a high-speed rail trip to electoral disaster, and the only question now is whether Republicans can derail these increasing unpopular agenda items before they become law and before they have a chance to take back control of Congress.

Who even thinks the Republicans candidates we will get will be willing to go to bat for smaller, less invasive government?

zenscreamer on September 21, 2009 at 11:42 AM

biting the beneficent hand that feeds us?

chomp chomp.

ted c on September 21, 2009 at 11:42 AM

If the government ran the press, we wouldn’t have these pesky stories cropping up.

Vashta.Nerada on September 21, 2009 at 11:41 AM

GMTA

Daggett on September 21, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Opposition to big government growing rapidly

WTF??? The site has only been up a week.

Rocks on September 21, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Next the poll needed:
“In general do you think there too much, way too much, or unfreaking, unbelievably way too, too much Obama in the news and in your life?”

albill on September 21, 2009 at 11:43 AM

What’s with writing main posts about a topic while the article is still fresh in the Headlines section? Didn’t the links used to sit in the Headlines for a few hours before showing up in a main post?

BadgerHawk on September 21, 2009 at 11:43 AM

They’re on a high-speed rail trip to electoral disaster, and the only question now is whether Republicans can derail these increasing unpopular agenda items before they become law and before they have a chance to take back control of Congress.

But Ed, if they are on a high-speed rail trip to electoral disaster, why would we want to derail them before they meet their destination?

Joe Caps on September 21, 2009 at 11:43 AM

It’s a race whether the Criminal Cabal can totally dismantle the country before the public becomes alarmed enough to take the government back by whatever means necessary.

notagool on September 21, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Who even thinks the Republicans candidates we will get will be willing to go to bat for smaller, less invasive government?

zenscreamer on September 21, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Term limits. Right now every politician benefits from a bigger government. If we turn being a Congressmen into a part time or short term job then they might actually be willing to make the government smaller.

sammypants on September 21, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Why, then, has the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress insisted on following a regulatory path? They appear to have fundamentally misunderstood both their mandate and the historical reasons they came to power.

They’ve believed their own lies about what the ‘will of the people is’. I wonder, now that it’s obvious that the people don’t want more government or liberal policies, if Democrats are going to push it through anyway because now is the best shot they are going to have for many years to come or will they choose to try to save their political careers?

gwelf on September 21, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Hans Obama: “Thanks, I’ll take it under advisement. Hit it again.”

LibTired on September 21, 2009 at 11:46 AM

The good news is that responsible, liberty loving citizens appear to out number the mindless Kool Aid drinkers that made a major contribution to Obama’s election.

rplat on September 21, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Ah yes. I love the smell of “Buyers Remorse” in the morning.

ExSubNuke on September 21, 2009 at 11:46 AM

“Honest Leadership Open Government”

You lie!

Haunches on September 21, 2009 at 11:47 AM

But Ed, if they are on a high-speed rail trip to electoral disaster, why would we want to derail them before they meet their destination?

Joe Caps on September 21, 2009 at 11:43 AM

we’re passengers on that train

ted c on September 21, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Who’s going to mix the koolaid if Acorn isn’t funded?

Haunches on September 21, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Democrats run the risk of squandering their opportunity to lead.

“Run the risk”?

The only thing these clowns have done since January is steal money with both hands and hopelessly screw up everything they touch.

Democrats have set historical highs in both corruption and incompetence.

If that isn’t enough to get them thrown out of office by enraged in 2010, I really don’t know what it will take.

NoDonkey on September 21, 2009 at 11:48 AM

How dare all those racists not let a black president steal and spend their money. After all, his ancestors built this country on the backs of their slave labor. He earned that money then. . .

or maybe not.

ThackerAgency on September 21, 2009 at 11:41 AM

I’m not sure if this is what you meant by “or maybe not”, but of course Obama’s ancestors were never slaves in this country.

This graph is nice, but Obama can’t hear us yet. He still has his fingers in his ears.

Esthier on September 21, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Why, then, has the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress insisted on following a regulatory path?

Cuz..they’re f’n Marxists. They could really care less about mandates.

Caper29 on September 21, 2009 at 11:48 AM

I think a prime time press conference is in order. The sycophants are not doing their job – we need to buck them up.

Fuquay Steve on September 21, 2009 at 11:48 AM

gwelf on September 21, 2009 at 11:46 AM

I’ll take “save their political careers for $1000, Alex”. The health thing would have been done, dusted and signed along with Tax & Trade if there were enough country wreckers in Congress. There aren’t. These idiots in power missed destroying us all by that much.

Too bad most of America will never know how close they came.

LibTired on September 21, 2009 at 11:49 AM

I’d be all for it if they got someone to regulate Victoria Rowell’s fashion attempts…

Orange Doorhinge on September 21, 2009 at 11:49 AM

In misunderstanding these reasons, Democrats run the risk of squandering their opportunity to lead.

They don’t want to lead they want to dictate.

Caper29 on September 21, 2009 at 11:50 AM

I am hearing so many pundits say that the Democrats are going to go it alone on their agenda that I am starting to get nervuous.

Cindy Munford on September 21, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Americans are more likely today than in the recent past to believe that government is taking on too much responsibility for solving the nation’s problems and is over-regulating business

And doing a bang up job//

Knucklehead on September 21, 2009 at 11:50 AM

“Instead, they took it to mean that the electorate wanted them to go on an even bigger spending spree than the Republicans did …”

“Clean-up on Aisle D”

fogw on September 21, 2009 at 11:50 AM

I’ve posted this once before, for another topic, but – considering the subject-matter of this topic, I think it’s worth a re-post.

This ground-swell cannot be silenced by government nor elected officials,…So they’d better get wake up and smell what they’re shovelin’.

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“…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
–The Declaration Of Independence

Here we are. We find ourselves in the middle of the summer of our discontent, and the frustrations of an irate citizenry are boiling over. This should not shock anyone.

Forced down our throats within months of each other last year, were the “mother of all bailouts” known as “TARP”, and the auto industry bailout. Both gigantic spending sprees ticked off Americans across the country, and a seething angst started to fester within, like a political tick about to pop.

But, born from those two examples of political idiocy, came the “Tea Party” movement, the “Going Galt” movement, and the 10th amendment state’s rights movement. All three movements making up one giant collective “pressure valve” with a mandate for a tired and angry lot, made up of Republicans, Libertarians, Independents and Democrats. They began to mobilize and organize…Neighbors, families and friends, all very aware of what is happening to their country, their lives and their futures…Coming together to exercise their constitutional freedoms, and engage their elected officials in relentless sessions of civil discourse. Tired of being ignored, they began making their voices heard, in earnest, in February of this year, during the first round of “Tea Party” protests.

These events received a fair amount of mainstream news coverage, but were ‘spun’ into something more akin to a KKK rally. Although not shocking, these insinuations were an insult to all those who were doing exactly what the left did for 8 years during President George W Bush’s administration. But alas,…Everyone seems to forget that the only supposedly acceptable dissent, is leftist dissent. All others need not apply. (*yawn)

Still, in the 9 months so far this year, we’ve seen even more examples of spending run amok, rumors of taxes going sky high, the loss of our freedom to buy any light bulb we wish, and the real fear that our Grandparents may one day be forced to do without the health-care they so desperately need, or they’ll die. And so, that “pressure valve” has been letting off steam since the August recess began a few weeks ago. In that time, those who dare question obama, his policies, his “lap dogs” in congress, and his thuggish organizing for America/ACORN/union beat-down squads, have been maligned, demeaned, demonized, degraded and just generally insulted to the point of violence.

The president has suggested that those who are questioning him and his policies, should “get out of the way”.
The speaker of the house, and senate majority leader have declared all who are against the president and his policies are “un-American”. And endless numbers of pundits and loud-mouths have concluded that those same families, friends and neighbors who have come together on their own to protest their misgivings about the state of our federal government, are exhibiting an anger that is “manufactured”. They do not believe that regular ol’ citizens are capable of comprehending the so-called “reality” of the numerous spending bills, of which most recently is the health care bill. They believe “Jim” and “Jane” Citizen are too stupid to have genuine individual concern in their hearts for the country they dearly love. They simply dismiss the fact that a majority of the American people find themselves at the end of a very long, shredded and worn rope and they’re tired of hanging on for dear life. A frustrated people are asking their elected officials to start abiding by their Constitutional duties, and make their votes according to what is in the best interest of their constituents. Not too much to ask really. Yet those pundits…Those loud-mouths….And even those elected officials….They keep on insulting, and keep on dismissing.

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of that “pressure valve”, building more steam.

Our elected officials can dismiss and insult all they want to…But they should consider themselves warned as of now…They do so, at their own political peril.

Let’s get a few things clear…This anger and frustration didn’t start with one man named barack obama. His policies have added to the “fire”, yes. But this anger and frustration has been festering, for quite a long time throughout a few different Presidents, and multi-trillions of OUR dollars.

There is a sacred trust that is supposed to exist between a constituent and their elected official. That trust is given in the hopes that the politician will abide by their Constitutional responsibilities and represent their constituents and their state, accordingly. But we find ourselves in this mess because the chain of accountability has been broken. On one end of that chain, we have the voters…Folks who for too long have simply pulled the lever for someone who “sorta sounds good” and then disengage from the political process as quickly as they pull the curtain and leave the voting booth. And on the other end of that chain, we have the politician…Ok ok, who in their right mind would trust a politician, right? Well…At the core of the issue is this: We SHOULD be able to trust them. We SHOULD be able to get on with our busy lives, and trust that our elected officials will properly represent us each time they vote. And in the end, if those elected don’t have our best interests at heart, it is our job to hold them accountable.

Our system of government was designed for a people that remain involved in the goings-on of government…At every level. Accountability is a citizen’s most powerful political weapon. Remember that “pressure valve” I mentioned a while back? THAT is what happens when that disengaged populous finally “wakes up”, and starts to fulfill their end of the Constitutional agreement between individual and government.

The time for accountability is now…Before it’s too late.
And much to the chagrin of pundits, loud-mouths and elected officials alike,….If that accountability takes the form of loud voices and well-informed rants, it is the job of our elected officials to listen and then make their votes according to what they are hearing. They work for us…Not the other way around.

One more time: Our anger isn’t “manufactured”. It hasn’t been “organized” by anyone other than individuals who’ve come together, of their own accord. We’re tired of the spending by both parties. We’re tired of being ignored by our elected officials. We’re tired of being dismissed with a generic email or boilerplate letter. We’re tired of our money being thought of as “their” money. We’re tired of being forced to pay for the willfully irresponsible. We’re tired of being told that we’ll be ok, and that those in Washington “know better”. We’re tired of being more informed that our politicians who look us in the face and either lie, or reveal that they are incredibly stupid.

Got that? WE….ARE….TIRED.
We are angry.
We have had it.

And we vote.

And if our votes get us no where….Well….Our forefathers weren’t stupid either.
Reread the top portion of this piece again, and do the math.
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Stay informed & stay involved!
Our system of government was specifically created for a people who remain engaged in the daily goings-on of politics, at all levels of government.

As obama himself is fond of saying “change is never easy”….which seems to be true, because those in power would rather refer to an engaged citizenry as “rude” and describe us as an “angry mob” rather than accept the fact that “change” has come….and it wasn’t the “change” they had hoped for.

But it’s certainly the “change” we need.

Talismen on September 21, 2009 at 11:50 AM

I am hearing so many pundits say that the Democrats are going to go it alone on their agenda that I am starting to get nervuous.

Cindy Munford on September 21, 2009 at 11:50 AM

I think that has more to do with the pundits wanting the Democrats to go it alone.

BadgerHawk on September 21, 2009 at 11:51 AM

The NJ gubernatorial election in about 6 weeks will be nationally important. Corzine is vulnerable because state taxes are among the highest in the nation and the state has been hurt with job losses following the credit crisis. The results will be seen, at least in part, as a referendum on big government.

dedalus on September 21, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Just wait until the general public hears more about the “reforms” the Administration and Barney Frank are working on for financial services. They would for all intents and purposes turn banking and lending in the U.S. into a heavily regulated utility. Good luck getting a loan to start a new business or expand one if that happens! The U.S. GDP will stay right where it is now for at least a generation.

rockmom on September 21, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Hans Obama: “Thanks, I’ll take it under advisement. Hit it again.”

LibTired on September 21, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Voters in 2012: “Let’s see you take THIS under advisement jerkweed!”

DrAllecon on September 21, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Finally, some change I can believe in.

pfamis on September 21, 2009 at 11:54 AM

People don’t like being told what to do. They are seeing more and more of that coming from Washington in ways they never dreamed of and are rebelling.

I also think a lot of these people bought the “George Bush is evil” mantra and voted for Obama. Now they are realizing hey he wasn’t THAT bad and having buyers remorse.

You open that door even an inch to socialism – it’s hard to close it.

gophergirl on September 21, 2009 at 11:54 AM

That can’t be. Colin Powell says we want more gubmit, not less.

petefrt on September 21, 2009 at 11:55 AM

I am hearing so many pundits say that the Democrats are going to go it alone on their agenda that I am starting to get nervuous.

Cindy Munford on September 21, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Bring it on! The backlash will reduce the Democratic Party to smoking cinders in 14 months.

rockmom on September 21, 2009 at 11:55 AM

I don’t think this will make a difference. The Dems are going to force through their agenda regardless of what the American people think, even if it means losing control of the House in 2010. They know it will never be repealed, and they know they will never have another moment like this.

Mark1971 on September 21, 2009 at 11:55 AM

I just read a good comment at the Belmont Club regarding the importance of taking down ACORN and affiliates in relation to future elections. As long as elections can be diddled by corrupt practices, whether false registrations, voter intimidation, or foreign money laundered through fundraising, we are at tremendous risk. Free, reasonably honest elections are under attack, regardless of how the voter majority feels about government overreach. Corruption is the key.

a capella on September 21, 2009 at 11:56 AM

DrAllecon on September 21, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Heh.

LibTired on September 21, 2009 at 11:56 AM

I don’t think this will make a difference. The Dems are going to force through their agenda regardless of what the American people think, even if it means losing control of the House in 2010. They know it will never be repealed, and they know they will never have another moment like this.

Mark1971 on September 21, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Then why hasn’t it been done already? It’s certainly not for any pretense. I really think there’s enough different agendas in Congress to sink the whole thing. Bambi is toast and they all know it.

LibTired on September 21, 2009 at 11:58 AM

They would for all intents and purposes turn banking and lending in the U.S. into a heavily regulated utility. Good luck getting a loan to start a new business or expand one if that happens! The U.S. GDP will stay right where it is now for at least a generation.

rockmom on September 21, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Only the poor will be able to get a loan.

BadgerHawk on September 21, 2009 at 11:58 AM

I’d be all for it if they got someone to regulate Victoria Rowell’s fashion attempts…

Orange Doorhinge on September 21, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Hoo boy, wasn’t that God awful???

NJ Red on September 21, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Our dear Leader is back on the boob tube as I type. What will his poll numbers be after his Sunday Obama-a-Thon?

Does this guy ever work?

Knucklehead on September 21, 2009 at 11:59 AM

People don’t like being told what to do. They are seeing more and more of that coming from Washington in ways they never dreamed of and are rebelling.

I also think a lot of these people bought the “George Bush is evil” mantra and voted for Obama. Now they are realizing hey he wasn’t THAT badsions in their l and having buyers remorse.

You open that door even an inch to socialism – it’s hard to close it.

gophergirl on September 21, 2009 at 11:54 AM

The vast majority of Americans make only a few big financial decisions in their lives:

**Buying a house – U.S. government now buys or insures virtually all mortgages being made today.

**Buying a car – U.S. government controls U.S. auto companies and major auto lenders.

**Going to college – U.S. government about to take over all college lending.

Now they see the U.S. government about to take over the other major aspect of their lives – their health. People who have children see government debt piling on them, and people with parents see the government about to slash Medicare and institute brutal rationing that will shorten their lives.

Why is this so hard for our state-run media to understand? Instead they just think we are protesting because the president is half-black.

rockmom on September 21, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Our dear Leader is back on the boob tube as I type. What will his poll numbers be after his Sunday Obama-a-Thon?

Does this guy ever work?

Knucklehead on September 21, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Work is for Czars & union labor.

pfamis on September 21, 2009 at 12:02 PM

oops!

blatantblue on September 21, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Does this guy ever work?

Knucklehead on September 21, 2009 at 11:59 AM

No too much, campaigning is tough.

thomasaur on September 21, 2009 at 12:03 PM

As long as the left thinks the problems in this country is not enough leftist governance, discontent will grow and the dems chances of retaining power will drop.

JIMV on September 21, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Only the poor will be able to get a loan.

BadgerHawk on September 21, 2009 at 11:58 AM

And they will only get loans to buy homes that others have lost to foreclosure. Because nobody is going to build any new ones in the foreseeable future.

rockmom on September 21, 2009 at 12:03 PM

The NJ gubernatorial election in about 6 weeks will be nationally important. Corzine is vulnerable because state taxes are among the highest in the nation and the state has been hurt with job losses following the credit crisis. The results will be seen, at least in part, as a referendum on big government.

McDonnell in Virginia too. Virginia voters came out and made sure that the dem primary winner was not Terry McAuliffe or Brian (brother of scumbag Islamo-funded Congressman Jim) Moran. Now we have to be sure that even the less insane dem loses.

If Deeds wins I will be utterly convinced that the voter fraud is reaching 3rd world levels.

Haunches on September 21, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Instead they just think we are protesting because the president is half-black.

rockmom on September 21, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Technically the leader of the GOP is all the way black. So that makes Democrat opposition to Republican proposals racist.

Not having to include facts as part of a substantive argument sure makes things a lot easier.

BadgerHawk on September 21, 2009 at 12:05 PM

And they will only get loans to buy homes that others have lost to foreclosure. Because nobody is going to build any new ones in the foreseeable future.

rockmom on September 21, 2009 at 12:03 PM

A commenter linked to an article about a week ago that talked about how, in some markets and depending on the type of construction, a new home would actually be worth less than it cost to build it when all was said and done.

I’m fortunate to live in one of the most recession proof cities in America (it’s all university and state government), but man do I feel for people that bought honestly and within their means in some of those markets.

BadgerHawk on September 21, 2009 at 12:07 PM

whoomp there it is
I will do the Snoopy Happy Dance to end all my previous Snoopy dances when we clean House in 2010. it will be EPIC and it will send a message that reverberates for Dems for years to come. STOP the Keynesian Nanny Statist governance or lose what the country trusts you with.

ginaswo on September 21, 2009 at 12:08 PM

I, for one, am sick to death of everything supporting/enabling the Unions. I am sick of it. They are the ones that ruined GM, they are right now trying to ruin Atlantic City. They should be outlawed. There are ads on the radio in NJ telling the Unions to stop trying to turn Atlantic City into another Detroit. They will dessimate this Country if given the chance.

NJ Red on September 21, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Haunches on September 21, 2009 at 12:04 PM

did Kaine sign that law to allow felons to vote in VA?

ginaswo on September 21, 2009 at 12:09 PM

NJ Red on September 21, 2009 at 12:08 PM

And can you believe Corzine’s balls?

“Chris Christie — the same Bush policies”

how desperate is Corzine?

blatantblue on September 21, 2009 at 12:11 PM

57%… Almost to that magic number of 60%…

PASS THE PUDDING!!

Khun Joe on September 21, 2009 at 12:11 PM

New chant for 2012 candidate: “Less is more.”

deidre on September 21, 2009 at 12:12 PM

NJ Red
as I was commenting elsewhere just now, Drudge has a link up to TOTUS’ background plans for the G20 in Pitts. this week. He plans to ask the G20 to help change the global economy.

His SOOPERGENIUS plan seems to be that the USA will export for growth and the world will buy our goods.Of course this presupposes that the LABOR pay rates are competitive globally, which of course they are not (esp in re Communist China hellloo!)This way he pays back his labor base

Of course, this will not work. The only way he can hope to get even nominal GDP from exports is to drastically weaken the US Dollar (even further) thereby making our exports more attractive and helping his buddies at GE..

This will of course work in tandem with the Feds easy money policy to produce a HYPERinflation hit at some point. I am buying GOLD whenever I can scrape the cash together (less and less sadly) and it dips below 900 an oz.

By 2q 2010 it will be clear his policies are EPIC fail, right in time for the runup to 2010 elections. I do not see how he thinks he can sustain a bump through the tail end of 2010…

ginaswo on September 21, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Somewhat OT, but I just received this disturbing response from Harry Reid to my letters opposing Obamacare:

Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about health insurance reform. Please be assured that I have noted each of your concerns and that I will remain mindful of your views.

In America today, concerns about our health care system have been rightly brought to the forefront of the national consciousness. Many of us are familiar with the reports of 47 million uninsured Americans, escalating prescription drug prices, and declining health insurance benefits. Unfortunately, for too many across Nevada and the country, these facts and statistics are not anonymous findings removed from daily life. As a fellow Nevadan, and as the Senate Majority Leader, I know that millions like you are struggling with the reality of America’s health care crisis.

Amid our health care crisis, however, I believe there are opportunities for members of Congress, the President and his Administration, the private sector, and other stakeholders to work together for the benefit of the American people. It is my hope that the solutions we develop and enact will ensure quality, affordable health care coverage for all Americans, regardless of their age, income, employment, or health status. Those fortunate enough to have adequate coverage, I am also mindful of minimizing disruptions of the care they are already receiving.

Throughout this debate, I have taken note of the concerns of all of my constituents. As Nevada’s senior senator and the Senate Majority Leader, I will remain mindful of your views as I continue to work toward making Nevada an even better place to live and afford good, quality health care.

Why is he suddenly remaining “mindful of” my views? (of course I know he’s lying) And, the language of “crisis” creating “opportunities for congress…” is textbook Alinsky. He knows he’s in trouble, and he knows “Big Government” is in trouble – therefore the need to push the “healthcare crisis” meme. Hey Reid – there IS NO CRISIS.

Fishoutofwater on September 21, 2009 at 12:13 PM

They’re on a high-speed rail trip to electoral disaster

In the shuffling madness
Of the locomotive breath,
Runs the all-time loser,
Headlong to his (electoral) death.

No way to slow down…

jaime on September 21, 2009 at 12:13 PM

In fact, the last time such sharp reactions got measured, Democrats lost control of Congress

I believe the GOP will retake th House, and even has a shot at the Senate. At this point, the Left cannot stop this unless some natural or security disaster happens, and Barry and Congress respond splendidly, which I simply doubt they have in them.

But, conservatives could devote our resources to infighting, 2012 candidate wars, and excluding all the moderates and libertarians we need to bring with us to make a winning majority. That could allow the Democrats to keep Congress, but with a more moderate and narrow majority. It would be very good if we can avoid doing that.

Loxodonta on September 21, 2009 at 12:14 PM

rockmom on September 21, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Barney Frank’s new ingenius plan is to convert all the foreclosed homes to low income rental housing and Shaun Donovan of HUD who did just that in Chicago will gladly assist

We need to stop ACORN Housing asap, they will expand the Rezko-Jarrett 10 steps to EZ Money running Section 8 housing to a national level

the NYPost reports this morning that ACORN NY owns 50 Million in low income housing in NYC right now…

ginaswo on September 21, 2009 at 12:16 PM

I believe the GOP will retake th House

If so, that means Madame Speaker would retire… NO WAY she goes back to being just another Representative… NO WAY!

So for that reaon alone, here’s hoping!

Khun Joe on September 21, 2009 at 12:18 PM

BadgerHawk on September 21, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Last week I attended the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual regulatory compliance conference. It totally radicalized me. There have been 36 new laws and major regulations enacted in the last two years against the mortgage industry. And the Obamanuts and Barney Frank think that isn’t enough!

Meanwhile, Eric Holder is staffing up the Civil Rights Division to start an entire new round of “lending discrimination” lawsuits against the few companies that are left in this business. His nominee to head the division, Tom Perez, wrote a “civil rights” ordinance in Montgomery County, Maryland in 2004 that would have driven every lender out of the state of Maryland and was thrown out by every court that looked at it.

The death of subprime lending means that denial rates for minorities are skyrocketing, because historically they have lower credit scores and poorer work histories. Perez will use these numbers as prima facie evidence that lending discrimination is rising.

The Fed just proposed new rules restricting the way mortgage lenders and brokers can compensate their own employees. NOT their executives – this has nothing to do with stopping $100 million bonuses – it is about overturning the way the mortgage industry has done business for over 100 years in this country. Where they find the authority in the Truth In Lending Act for this, I have no idea. But Barney Frank has threatened to take the Fed’s regulatory power under TILA away from it, so like any good regulator it is responding with a flurry of ridiculous new rules.

It’s going to be a hell of a bad time to be a mortgage lender, if it weren’t bad enough already.

rockmom on September 21, 2009 at 12:18 PM

did Kaine sign that law to allow felons to vote in VA?

ginaswo on September 21, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Heh, just looked it up; apparently Kaine did that last year, right before the elections.

Firefly_76 on September 21, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Poor Dems.

Out of money.

Out of voters.

Out of office.

Clean them out in 2010

TN Mom on September 21, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Bring it on! The backlash will reduce the Democratic Party to smoking cinders in 14 months.

rockmom on September 21, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Let’s hope the voter’s memories aren’t short term.

mimi1220 on September 21, 2009 at 12:23 PM

And then the spirit of Jefferson spoke to the American people and said, “Go to Pharaoh Obamesses and his court and say to them, ‘This is what I, and the other Founding Fathers, say: “Let the American people be free, do not attempt to put them under further bondage.”

Tav on September 21, 2009 at 12:23 PM

If so, that means Madame Speaker would retire… NO WAY she goes back to being just another Representative… NO WAY!

So for that reaon alone, here’s hoping!

Khun Joe on September 21, 2009 at 12:18 PM

She’ll be thrown under the bus so fast it will make her Botox-hardened head spin. Obama will offer her some phoney-baloney Czar job or ambassadorship to Botswana to get her the hell out of the House.

rockmom on September 21, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Democrats run the risk of squandering their opportunity to lead.

Democrats don’t want to lead, they want to rule and are doing everything possible to stay in power.

farright on September 21, 2009 at 12:24 PM

His SOOPERGENIUS plan seems to be that the USA will export for growth and the world will buy our goods
ginaswo on September 21, 2009 at 12:12 PM

What exactly are we going to export? We don’t make anything anymore except crap cars from gubermint motors.

And how much food are we now importing because of the little fishies out in California?

Knucklehead on September 21, 2009 at 12:26 PM

the only question now is whether Republicans can derail these increasing unpopular agenda items before they become law and before they have a chance to take back control of Congress.

I think there is also a question of whether Republicans should derail these items before the elections, or whether that will dilute the Democrats’s ownership of the unpopular issues.

txmomof6 on September 21, 2009 at 12:27 PM

By the way, everyone who is reading this – if you have any interest at all in buying a house or refinancing your current mortgage, you had better do it by December 31. There are massive new rules and restrictions going into effect Jan. 1, and the Fed is going to stop buying Fannie/Freddie paper. I’ve heard some predictions that mortgage rates could increase by three full percentage points on Jan. 1.

rockmom on September 21, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Keep up the pressure, Tea Party Patriots! We will reap if we don’t quit!

Christian Conservative on September 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM

I’ve heard some predictions that mortgage rates could increase by three full percentage points on Jan. 1.

rockmom on September 21, 2009 at 12:27 PM

That’ll help the housing market get back on track.

BadgerHawk on September 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM

They would for all intents and purposes turn banking and lending in the U.S. into a heavily regulated utility. Good luck getting a loan to start a new business or expand one if that happens!

rockmom on September 21, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Once the unions take over an industry, they want to make sure that nobody is allowed to compete with it.

MarkTheGreat on September 21, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Obama, Waxman, Reid, and Pelosi at a podium that says

Honest Leadership
Open Government

A true pictorial oxymoron.

infidel4life on September 21, 2009 at 12:41 PM

What we need now is the GOP to actually get honest and conservative. Honest to the point where they are nearly anal about it, eating their own in every small situation where it looks like there is impropriety.

People want HONEST government and SMALL government. Not this out of control corruption factory that is synonymous with democrats.

Spiritk9 on September 21, 2009 at 12:42 PM

New chant for 2012 candidate: “Less is more.”

I like it!

bbordwell on September 21, 2009 at 12:48 PM

“Why, then, has the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress insisted on following a regulatory path? They appear to have fundamentally misunderstood both their mandate and the historical reasons they came to power. ”

Bull. They haven’t misunderstood anything.

They are Statists intent on destroying the country and installing themselves as absolute rulers.

notagool on September 21, 2009 at 12:49 PM

NO WAY she goes back to being just another Representative… NO WAY!

Shares of Botox are nose-diving!

Mangy Scot on September 21, 2009 at 12:49 PM

The ONLY poll I want to see is the following.

I wish I had never heard the name Obama.

YES or NO

Jeff from WI on September 21, 2009 at 12:54 PM

If the government ran the press, we wouldn’t have these pesky stories cropping up.

Vashta.Nerada on September 21, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Since congress is already talking about doing a bail out it is probably only a matter of time before it happens. You can bet, however, that only totally liberal rags will be bailed.

duff65 on September 21, 2009 at 1:00 PM

To the Democrats the only solution to this problem is to pass health care which will put 65% of Americans on the public dole if subsidies for coverage are up to 300% of the poverty level.

DerKrieger on September 21, 2009 at 1:01 PM

I am hearing so many pundits say that the Democrats are going to go it alone on their agenda that I am starting to get nervuous.

Cindy Munford on September 21, 2009 at 11:50 AM

That’s what team Barry will attempt to achieve. Generally, when a narrow centralized system is threatened by dissent, every effort is made (bullying combined with ad nauseam hawking) to bring rogue factions (anyone who disagrees with team Barry’s agenda) back into the fold. If these rogue groups continue to resist, edicts are forcibly imposed.

Then why hasn’t it been done already? It’s certainly not for any pretense. I really think there’s enough different agendas in Congress to sink the whole thing. Bambi is toast and they all know it.

LibTired on September 21, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Because it takes time to complete a giant takeover. Healthcare notwithstanding, Barry has advanced actions on so many fronts (both legislative and through czar enacted policy), that it will take years to dismantle them all. As noted by rockmom, every industry is in play: auto, financial, housing, education, healthcare, and communications. If he can force through even some of his fascist plans, especially given his push toward amnesty for illegals, he can either preclude the Republicans from taking back a lot of control, or make untangling his mess so problematical for them that they let some of the measures stand.

This seems to be team Barry’s strategy, but here’s the rub, he never counted on such a powerful backlash from ordinary Americans, at least not this early in the game.

anXdem on September 21, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Solution? More Obama. Give the man his own show on all three networks. The stupid American public just doesn’t get it yet.

DerKrieger on September 21, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Let’s hope the voter’s memories aren’t short term.

mimi1220 on September 21, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Well, Americans memories can be very short term. “What have you done for me lately?” So far, the Democrats have scared and disappointed Americans repeatedly. It’s our job to remind one another of each and every scare and disappointment. This is especially the case since the MSM has become a party organ of the Left.

Loxodonta on September 21, 2009 at 1:07 PM

By the way, everyone who is reading this – if you have any interest at all in buying a house or refinancing your current mortgage, you had better do it by December 31. There are massive new rules and restrictions going into effect Jan. 1, and the Fed is going to stop buying Fannie/Freddie paper. I’ve heard some predictions that mortgage rates could increase by three full percentage points on Jan. 1.

rockmom on September 21, 2009 at 12:27 PM

We just bought a second home to rent and got 4.5% for 15 yrs… just in time huh?

CCRWM on September 21, 2009 at 1:08 PM

anXdem on September 21, 2009 at 1:05 PM

If Obamacare does pass the GOP should take it to the SCOTUS. National health care is simply unconstitutional. Forget trying to overturn by taking back Congress, go for the jugular and take it to court. Kill it and bury it.

One of the biggest problems with this entire debate has been the unspoken assumption on the part of the GOP that what the Democrats are trying to do is Constitutional, but is simply the wrong approach. They’ve unknowingly ceded ground to the Democrats thereby legitimizing the involvement of the federal government in an area of our lives where it has no business.

DerKrieger on September 21, 2009 at 1:09 PM

I see the Republicans as complicit in all of this. Since when did they ever reduce the size of government? Republicans claim they want smaller government, then support government intrusion in abortion, gay issues, forced prayer in schools, etc….. The Republican Party has become the party of religious lunatics in the eyes of indepedents. To think we will have more Obamunism because of people who believe the world is 6,000 years old is frightening. I feel like I’ve got communists on the left trying to control me and religious zealots on the right that want to control me.I want way more government out of my life, I’m voting for Wayne Allen Root(Libertarian) in 2012. He’s the only real conservative running…Republicans would be smart to run him, he’s for real Americans, and against our homegrown Communism….

adamsmith on September 21, 2009 at 1:23 PM

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