Matt Welch: "Americans of all stripes, it turns out, aren't very keen about the government barging into their lives." Backing this up:
Americans are so not keen on this power grab that they are actually moved to educate themselves on complex issues and take to the streets and the townhall meetings to make themselves heard. Many of us recognize this as liberty in action, and the backlash against it, from Obama, Pelosi, Frank, and myriad other "representatives," as its polar opposite.
An ABC/Washington Post poll from June showed people preferred "smaller government with fewer services" over "larger government with more services" by 54% to 41%, up from 50%-45% a year earlier (independents were even more pronounced, at 61%-35%). A Rasmussen poll from April showed that 77% of Americans preferred a "free market" economy over a "government managed" economy, up seven percentage points from just last December. A July CBS poll found that 52% of Americans think that Obama is trying to do "too much."
After 11 months of federal bailouts and freakouts, Americans have become bone tired of panicky power grabs from Washington. It's the big government, stupid.
Send in the Marine:
Go ahead, watch it again. It's beautiful. No doubt our hero's 'nazi' and 'swastika' comments will be removed from context and turned against him and all the vocal citizenry. But taken as a whole there's no denying the historical accuracy of his remarks.
From NewsBusters, and Gateway Pundit we learn that Baird did in fact call protesters "brown shirts" and that Marine veteran David Hedrick hadn't expected to speak at the meeting, jotting down his thoughts at the last minute.
It's not just healthcare that has America's blood boiling. The NY Post prints the following list of "top ten government grabs":
Read the rest.
1. The Stimulus ($787 billion)
Making government the nation's largest employer.
2. The Omnibus ($410 billion)
Now largely forgotten, this porktastic piece of leftover Bush legislation passed in March without so much as a peep from a new administration that campaigned nobly against earmarks and fiscal irresponsibility.
3. Health Care Reform ($1 trillion?)
The white whale of Obama's domestic agenda; currently under threat from all sides of every aisle.
4. Cap and Trade.
Not yet law, and less likely to become so now that health care reform has hit the skids, this House-approved legislation would nonetheless make producing and consuming energy much more expensive, adding an estimated $1,100 per household by 2050, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
5. Antitrust lawsuits against Google, et al.
Not on everyone's radar screen yet, but the new head of the Justice Department's antitrust division has recently said, regarding everyone's favorite free search engine, that "I think you are going to see a repeat of Microsoft."
6) Pay Czar
As part of the federalization of commerce, the Obama administration appointed a "Special Master for Compensation" to review the top salaries of executives at firms receiving bailout money. This will surely debase their global competitiveness.
7. Turning Pell Grants into an entitlement.
This, like the recently terminated Cash-for-Clunkers program, will doubtlessly prove popular (as most federal programs that give away "free" money usually are), but the Student Aid and Financial Responsibility Act will, if passed, make the federal government the last big provider of student loans in America.
8. Having the Food and Drug Administration regulate tobacco.
This Philip Morris-backed development, which will reduce the nicotine content of cigarettes, will keep safer tobacco products off the market while imposing onerous marketing restrictions.
9. Consumer Financial Protection Agency.
Unclear how it will all shake out, but the federal government is preparing steps for unprecedented regulation of all consumer finance transactions. Already, payday lenders are being chased into the black market, and New York is losing its luster as an international capital for finance.
10. Federal Trade Commission overreach.
Again off most radar screens, the former Ralph Naderite who now runs the FTC's Consumer Protection Division has announced intentions to crack down on companies deemed to violate consumer privacy, even if no consumers are complaining.
This isn't the same old Democrat vs. Republican political fight; it's a fight to keep our republic, if we can. Stay vocal, people.
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