It is interesting that people are looking into the future and
wondering what they should fear the most. With our economy
continuing to be sluggish after a full recession in 2009, one would
think Big Business would have the lion's share of blame for the
ensuing fear. But the poll reported Big Government is the demon we should fear the most; a whopping 72 percent of the people saying
they fear the Big Government to interfere with their lives and exert
the control over their affairs.
This flies in the face of the liberal, Democrat mantra that says
repeatedly our country should continue to build government to a size
and strength to "provide" the necessary needs that people have.
Providing necessary needs might be a positive thing, but what about
those laws and regulations and expenditures we don't need? With this
information and finding, it would appear that the fear of Big
Government is not just a partisan issue.
If the poll conducted by
the Gallup organization was sufficiently, statistically randomized
and stratified, it means the results were bipartisan, with representation from all parties responding. If that was the
case, these results can be generalized from the sample group to the
larger population from which the sample was drawn.
What does it say to the average American that the thing we must fear
the most in our country in the future is the largeness of our
government? Perhaps we are experiencing what happens when government
grows so large as to gain so much influence in the personal lives of
each of its citizens. When government decides we must have the
insurance policies the government thinks we need, the resulting
efforts are millions of insured people losing their policies since
what they had didn't meet the government's standards. Of course, it
also means government forcing those people to pay more for the new
policies, with both premiums and deductibles. But not to worry; the
government is always here to help.
With that single example, we have also witnessed the rise of a power
vacuum of sorts. Isn't it interesting how often the components of
the new Obamacare insurance system can change with each new disaster
that comes to light? Although it is a law, has been for three years,
the president unilaterally changes the requirements of the law at
his personal whim,
without the benefit of legislative action. He
decides who can be exempted; he decides what requirements can be
postponed; he decides what components will change to give breaks to
those groups and individuals who are his favorites and have
supported him; he decides who has to pay the fine for not enrolling
and who will not; he decides the basis on what merits need to be
enforced from the Constitution. All of these decisions made
unilaterally by the president represent an end run around the
Congress, which makes the laws.
Perhaps the fear is coming because the
people are seeing the Constitution being eroded before their very
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Coupled with the fear of Big Government and the president's
decisions to cherry-pick the laws he wants to enforce or change is
the loss of trustworthiness of the president. A Fox poll taken Dec.
14-16 revealed the slippage of the president's
The question asked 1,027 registered voters across the nation was,
"Is Barack Obama honest and trustworthy?" With a margin of error of
plus or minus
3 percent, those responding gave the following opinions:
In this poll, 45 percent said "yes" the president is trustworthy.
Compared with a poll in June with the same question, 48 percent had responded
"yes." The highest approval response was recorded in April 2009, when
the respondents answered "yes" at 73 percent.
The trend for the answer "no" to that question took the opposite
direction. The trend over the same period was ascending, with 49
responding they didn't think the president was trustworthy
currently; 48 percent didn't think the president was trustworthy when they
were asked in June; and only 22 percent thought he was not trustworthy when
asked in April 2009. This represents a significant downfall of
trustworthiness for the president.
Over the past few weeks, with the issues of Obamacare, the dishonesty
of the administration, with several top-level leaders, including the
president, claiming Americans could keep their policies and doctors,
as well as pay less for their insurance, when they all knew it was
not the truth, has taken its toll on the people's perception of
I wonder if two major influences have been the most damaging to the
president's standing. Of course, those two are Obamacare and the
National Security Agency spying on the American citizens. This
is especially true since the NSA review released last week revealed
that spying on American citizens was not really necessary to prevent
terrorist groups from carrying out their plans to kill
Americans. It was not clear after that information was shared as to
the future intentions of the administration's plans for the NSA to
stop or not, even in light of a federal judge ruling the practice
It seems fear of Big Government and the lack of trust of the
president have reached levels of disapproval that have not been seen
since the Nixon administration. Is it any wonder the Democrats who
are up for re-election in 2014 are scrambling to distance themselves
from the administration and its crowning achievements?
[By JIM KILLEBREW]
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