Any news showing growing skepticism of big government is good news, but whenever I see data like this suggesting a turn towards restraint, I think of those fantastically bleak Pew polls that ask people which federal programs, specifically, deserve spending cuts. Here’s one that’s barely six months old. It’s a cliche but it’s true: Americans are for small government in the aggregate, as a philosophical matter, and never more so than right now per Gallup, but when you get down in the weeds of starving the beast, they turn into liberals.
As usual, AP, with his clueless analysis, misses the point entirely.
Expensive programs or government size aren’t what have people up in arms. It’s the naked power of a government that tries – and generally succeeds – at micromanaging every aspect of your daily life at the point of a gun, or at the point of threats to impoverish and/or jail you.
Nobody feels “threatened” by Social Security or Medicare, but they sure as hell are worried and threatened by a Leviathan government that operates like an expatriate Nazi running a South American banana republic.