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Creeping big government and Obama’s decline

September 1, 2009

Scanning the blogroll this morning and I came across some seemingly unrelated items that I think may be interlacing themselves into a meta-narrative.

First we have the story of federal agents cracking down on garage sales in Kansas City, then at Hot Air we have 2 stories about poll results showing Obama’s approval rating in the 40% range, and finally David Brooks, as big an Obama apologist as has walked the earth, published an opinion piece today which nicely summed up the growing anger over Obama’s policies.

By force of circumstances and by design, the president has promoted one policy after another that increases spending and centralizes power in Washington.

The result is the Obama slide, the most important feature of the current moment. The number of Americans who trust President Obama to make the right decisions has fallen by roughly 17 percentage points. Obama’s job approval is down to about 50 percent. All presidents fall from their honeymoon highs, but in the history of polling, no newly elected American president has fallen this far this fast.


The public has soured on Obama’s policy proposals. Voters often have only a fuzzy sense of what each individual proposal actually does, but more and more have a growing conviction that if the president is proposing it, it must involve big spending, big government and a fundamental departure from the traditional American approach.

Driven by this general anxiety, and by specific concerns, public opposition to health care reform is now steady and stable. Independents once solidly supported reform. Now they have swung against it. As the veteran pollster Bill McInturff has pointed out, public attitudes toward Obamacare exactly match public attitudes toward Clintoncare when that reform effort collapsed in 1994.

Simple takeaway Obama and crew are overreaching and things are heading to a tipping point. Every action like the one described on The Other McCain pushes us a little closer every day psent on the health care debate pushes us a lot closer. It’s the same mistake that Republicans made in 1996 with the budget showdown only in reverse. In 1996 it kept Clinton’s popularity up and helped keep him in office, now it is driving Obama’s popularity down and may help drive democrats from office.

Linking around as I write this I find that I am not as brilliant as I thought Steve Chapman, and probably every other writer out there, had already come to the same conclusion, but it was a flash of insight (or a caffiene induced stroke) for me.

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