This just in from one more group of pollsters.

A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll found 57% of adults say the stimulus package is having no impact on the economy or making it worse. Even more —60% — doubt that the stimulus plan will help the economy in the years ahead, and only 18% say it has done anything to help improve their personal situation.

That skepticism underscores the challenge Obama faces in trying to convince the public that the stimulus has helped turn the economy around. It also could complicate the administration’s plans to overhaul the nation’s health care system.

So much opportunity. Such a chance to act both decisively and responsibly to build a lasting block of support and improved fortunes. Squandered. You may think this is some sort of gloating, but it’s really not. There was potential and, yes… I’ll say it… hope. But it’s getting chewed up and spit out by overreach and failed, populist theories of economics.

JAZZ SHAW, Assistant Editor
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