According to the latest annual poll from Gallup, a record number of Americans now see big government as a greater threat than big labor or big business. 72% of respondents said that big government was the greatest threat of the three, the largest majority of Americans who have answered this way since the poll’s origins in 1965.
The poll, taken at the beginning of December, has 21% of Americans naming big business as the greatest threat while only 5% say big labor is the biggest problem. This likely points to the diminished power of labor unions in the 21st century; even anti-union Republicans recognize that these forces – while still a problem – are anything more than a shadow of their former selves.
Meanwhile, the partisan breakdown is interesting. 92% of Republicans said big government is the biggest threat, which isn’t a surprise. But it is surprising to see that 56% of Democrats feel the same way. These are voters who are registered to support a party that is about nothing else BUT big government. This either goes to show that Democratic politicians have done a bang-up job of hiding their true intentions…or their electorate is built on a tottering tower of almost comical ignorance.
Not that Republicans have much to be proud of when it comes to fighting back. Conservatives are still trying to shake off the shock of the House omnibus bill, which will cost the taxpayer in excess of a trillion dollars. With majority control over the nation’s purse strings, congressional Republicans have done a poor job of stopping the never-ending growth of the federal government. The president will always take the lion’s share of the blame, but conservatives know their elected representatives are not doing what they were elected to do.
Gallup suggests that Obamacare and revelations about the NSA have contributed to the unpopularity of big government in recent years, and they are probably right…to an extent. But this trend goes well beyond two singular issues. Big government is to blame for our slow economic recovery, the war on the Second Amendment, the decision on gay marriage, and much more. And if the EPA is allowed to push through their new regulations on carbon, big government could be to blame for an unprecedented decline for our energy economy.
At a time when we should be doing everything possible to put a stop to growth, Democrats want to do just the opposite. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are pushing for initiatives like the federal minimum wage hike and free/reduced cost college that will only increase Washington D.C.’s power over the country. All the while, private businesses, state and local governments, and individual citizens will lose freedom in exchange for an ever more powerful nanny state.
It’s excellent to know that the majority of Americans see big government as the threat that it is; now let’s start doing something about it.