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Signs are emerging that Barack Obama's attempts to instigate and spark a class war before the 2012 election, which he shamefully sees as the only way he can be re-elected, are not working. Gallup has the story:
While President Barack Obama has focused his rhetoric in recent weeks on depicting a reckless Wall Street and insufficiently taxed "millionaires and billionaires" as threats to the American middle class, a newly released Gallup poll indicates that Americans apparently have been coming to a different conclusion during Obama's presidency, with fewer people now seeing big business as the "biggest threat" to the country in the future and more seeing big government as the "biggest threat."
Over the last forty-five years, Gallup has periodically asked this question: "In your opinion, which of the following will be the biggest threat to the country in the future--big business, big labor, or big government?"
When Gallup asked the question in a survey conducted Dec. 4-7, 2008, a month after President Obama was elected but before he was inaugurated, 53 percent said big government was the biggest threat, 31 percent said big business was the biggest threat, and 11 percent said big labor.
Three months later, in a survey conducted March 27-29, 2009, 55 percent said big government was the biggest threat, 32 percent said big business, and 10 percent said big labor.
When Gallup asked the question again two weeks ago--in a survey conducted from Nov. 28-Dec. 1--the percentage saying big government would be the biggest threat to the country in the future had grown to 64 percent--an increase of 11 percentage points from December 2008.
At the same time, the percentage saying that big business would be the biggest threat had dropped to 26 percent--a decline of 5 percentage points from December 2008 and 6 percentage points from March 2009.
During the same time frame, the percentage saying that big labor would be the greatest threat to the future of the country dropped from 11 percent to 8 percent.
First of all, I'm wondering if enough people even understand what "big labor" is referring to. Either way, you could explain away people's diminishing concerns with labor unions not as an increase in their popularity, but rather an popular understanding of the ever shrinking influence these groups have. As more states enact Right to Work laws, and workers are allowed to choose whether to join and contribute to a labor union, fewer workers than ever are choosing them. That should be an indication to the labor union bosses that workers are tired of being exploited by those that claim to have their best interests in mind, and are tired of having their dues money spent solely to buy favors with Democrat politicians. Instead, it's caused labor unions to double down on the corruption that has made workers disenchanted with them in the first place (pursue the bullying legislation known as "Card Check" and funnel even more money to a political party that wants to destroy manufacturing in the United States).
But the real story here doesn't even have anything to do with big labor. It has everything to do with the fact that after seeing 3 years of Obama's Big Government solutions to their problems, more people than ever are seeing that their biggest problem is having the government try to solve their problems. This is completely understandable when you think about it. When people are worried or uneasy about the future as they were in 2008, someone campaigning on the platform of using the government to secure them with all these wonderful programs (give them a house, a paycheck, retirement, healthcare, and everything else) is going to do well.
But it doesn't take too long before the bill for all those well-intentioned government programs comes due. And when people realize that they are on tap to finance it, they start looking around to see how effective it was. And inevitably, despite the best of intentions, the centrally planned government solutions haven't solved the problem but in fact made it worse.
That's where people are right now, and it explains why the shift in perception as to where our biggest threat comes from. Obama's policies have been very expensive and have been effective only at increasing the original problem. And frankly, people are tired of it. The reality is that people are best equipped and best served to be given the opportunity to solve their own problems rather than have all knowing, all-seeing betters in Washington attempt to do it for them. That seems to be dawning on more Americans than ever. And given that he is campaigning as the candidate of government in the party of government, that doesn't bode well for Obama's re-election hopes.