Hi there, Congress. Hope you had a nice Independence Day. We Americans out here in Flyover Country sure did. We listened to readings of The Declaration of Independence, grilled burgers, drank frosty beverages, watched fireworks, played patriotic music, and generally reveled in the many blessings of liberty we’ve enjoyed since 1776.
Liberty. That’s pretty important to us. We know you love the power and prestige that comes with being in Congress, and we don’t really mind it too much when you start believing the flattery of the people following you around all day, osculating your posteriors. But something’s been bugging us for a couple of years now, especially since January of ’09.
Listen, about that bloated and ravenous federal government you’ve been injecting with steroids …
… yeah, that’s the one. Americans might once have thought that your plan to spend our way out of a crappy economy was worth a try. But now? Um, not so much:
The new survey found that just 29% believe last year’s economic stimulus plan has helped the economy while 43% believe it hurt. Not surprisingly, there is little appetite for another round. By a 69% to 15% margin, voters believe tax cuts is a better way to create jobs rather than more government spending.
Ultimately, though, voters are looking to the private sector to create jobs. Sixty-five percent (65%) say that decisions made by business owners seeking to grow their business will do more to create jobs than decisions made by government officials. Just 23% expect the government officials to have a bigger impact.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 1, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Consider this a friendly reminder from your employers about your apparent lack of any sense of self-preservation. You might want to reconsider the wisdom of continuing down the same path you’ve been on. Just sayin’.
See you in November.