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Low Trust in Government Doesn’t Spell GOP Victory
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  • Andrew Allison

    I find it interesting that the poll focuses on the impact of Watergate given the non-stop scandals emanating from the current administration. You don’t think the sorry list at http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/08/01/obama-dozen-scandals-counting/ might have something to do with it?

    • Pete

      “today’s report that the much-heralded decline in joblessness has been accompanied by a 23% decline in wages should scare the Democrats witless. ”

      As if that pathetic, leaching bunch ever had any wits to lose.

  • Anthony

    “For roughly three decades, from the New Deal of the mid-1930s to the War on Poverty of the mid-1960s, the federal government steered the national economy as a relatively trusted and respected instrument of democratic power. The federal government led America through depression, war, and peacetime boom. The federal government conceived and financed the national highway system and the national power grid. Science and technology (S&T) initiatives created in Washington helped launch several of the most important technologies of the past half century: nuclear power, satellites, computers, the Internet, and much more. The federal government fought poverty and exclusion, culminating in the 1960s in Medicare for the elderly and civil rights legislation on behalf of minorities, women, and the disabled. When necessary, as in World War II, the government mobilized industry, putting it at the service of the nation. More often, it partnered effectively with industry in starting new industries (such as computers and the Internet) or expanding them (such as aviation and satellites). There was no question, however, about who was in the lead of the relationship.”

    The above is intended as an observation, neither reflective pro or con on low trust in government; but since the early 1980s our national life has been one constant barrage that government is the problem not the solution (or part thereof) to America’s ills. To this end, poll number of 13% ought not be surprising.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    “These results aren’t a GOP dream come true. Rather, they are a symptom of a gridlocked and frustrated society.”

    You point out the gridlocked and frustrated society, without pointing out that all such situations eventually end. And it’s how they end that’s important, not the stagnation of the moment. I see both the Democrats and the establishment Republicans on the defensive in the this election, with the TEA Party taking seats from both groups and increasing in power by a significant percentage. When the TEA Party gains sufficient power, it will cut both Big Government and crony capitalist Big Business, which are represented by both the Democrats and establishment Republicans.
    All reports that the TEA Party is dying or in decline are refuted by its strong and steady growth, and the actual power lost by the Democrats and establishment Republicans. The MSM has been crowing over the survival of a few heavily entrenched incumbents that have massively out spent their TEA Party backed challengers. The fact that they survived is less important than the extreme lengths they needed to do so. It also ignores the many open seats and Democrat incumbents that are under assault from TEA Party candidates this election. If there is one fact about this election that is clear, it is that the TEA Party will be victorious, and the only question is how big their win will be.

    • rheddles

      Rather the TEA party will be victorious and the only question is how long it will take. There’s lots of well attached barnacles of many species slowing the ship of state. It will take a long time to clean the hull. And it had to be done one parasite at a time.

  • Boritz

    How would a Marine drill instructor score on a popularity contest among his recruits? &nbspAll the complaining in the world still leaves him firmly in charge. &nbspIt doesn’t really matter. People are unhappy or “disappointed” (the progressive word of choice at the moment) with just about everything but complaining and driving ultimately meaningless polls down is the totality of how they react.

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