71% say Obama driving up deficit. 73% say cancer is bad.

I don’t see how anyone could have possibly predicted this.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of U.S. voters say President Obama’s policies have increased the size of the federal deficit, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

A plurality of voters (37%) say cutting the federal deficit in half in the next four years is number one among the four priorities the president listed in a speech to Congress in February, but 66% view it as the goal he is least likely to achieve.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of voters now say the bigger problem for the United States today is not voters’ unwillingness to pay enough in taxes but is instead the unwillingness of politicians to control government spending.

A “hot August” for the Democrats? It’s looking more like a hot fifteen months until the next election cycle. But some things won’t wait that long, it seems. There’s one election in Virginia where backlash against the President and the Congressional majority’s spending habits is already turning up the heat on the party of the Donkey.

Of course, I’ve been cautioning some of my GOP counterparts for the last few weeks not to get too excited. By the fall of next year, there’s going to be one major difference… once the money is gone, it’s gone. And even if the GOP takes back power in Congress next fall, there may be precious little they can do to turn things around at that point and satisfy an angry electorate. As long as the voters are uneasy, they’ll keep “throwing the bums out” until something changes significantly for the better. After all… we always do.

         

4 Comments

  1. Well, Obama's policies of course have driven up the deficit. That's what the stimulus bill is designed to do. Shouldn't it be 100% there?

    The question SHOULD be: do you think the government should try to combat the recession through increased spending? I go back and forth, but generally say yes.

    Now, if Obama said as recently as February that he would have the deficit in 4 years, then he was smoking something then, and he'll come to regret that line.

    As for politics, I have no idea and only a little interest.

  2. So spending is not an entirely unproblematic affair. But at times not spending money could be a problem in the future. Having your car repaired when you are low on money – even in debt – might seem reckless, but just what the heck will you do if you car breaks down on you, and your workplace is far away etc.?

    Deficits, taxes, spending – none of this is bad by default, nor is reducing deficits, taxes and spending. What matters is quantifying as much as possible and making detailed plans, and the simple fact is that the GOP, as far as its congressional presence in general* goes, is too unintelligent and ideological to be a valuable presence or voice when it comes to reform. So now is the best possible time for a good while to get anything done. Last Chance Saloon, basically.

    People like the details and the goals of reform but are naturally scared when the GOP can use scary, one-word narratives and still get results. In the same way that people dutifully say they are conservative in the polls even though there are basically only four republican states left, and the “liberal” option on binary issues swing to the DNC in most cases. People aren't that sharp, but they are still quite complex.

    * There are caveats to the sheer stupidity of the congressional GOP, but in terms of numbers and pure intensity, the incompetent and completely useless outshine those working in good faith, the way metropolitan light diminish the stars.

  3. Makes note not to ask Kastanj with help writing press releases for the RNC.

  4. Short Jazz:

    Cliffs! Lemmings!

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