Government

Government should do more; government should do less. We should spend more; we should spend less šŸ™„

What the heck are Americans thinking? Do they in any way understand the connection between taxes, spending and debt?

Like the citĀ­iĀ­zens of many other democĀ­raĀ­cies, AmerĀ­iĀ­cans have reĀ­cently sigĀ­naled that they are tired of ausĀ­terĀ­ity and eaĀ­ger for more govĀ­ernment acĀ­tion. Last April a Pew ReĀ­search poll showed that for the first time in eight years, AmerĀ­iĀ­cans faĀ­vored a larger govĀ­ernment ofĀ­ferĀ­ing more ser-vices over a smaller govĀ­ernĀ­ment proĀ­vidĀ­ing fewer serĀ­vices. In the NBC/Wall Street JourĀ­nal poll last month, 58% of AmerĀ­iĀ­cansā€”the highĀ­est share ever recordedā€”agreed that ā€œgovĀ­ernĀ­ment should do more to solve probĀ­lems and help meet the needs of peoĀ­ple,ā€ comĀ­pared to only 38% who thought that ā€œgovĀ­ernment is doĀ­ing too many things betĀ­ter left to busiĀ­nesses and inĀ­diĀ­vidĀ­uals.ā€ AmerĀ­iĀ­cans faĀ­vorĀ­ing a more acĀ­tive govĀ­ernĀ­ment inĀ­cluded maĀ­joriĀ­ties of all age groups, races, ethĀ­nicĀ­ities and edĀ­uĀ­caĀ­tion levĀ­els. WSJ 2-15-18

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Voters still place preference on a smaller, more hands-off government than on a larger, more hands-on one.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters would prefer a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes over a larger, more active government with more services and higher taxes. Thatā€™s up from 52% in March, the lowest level in regular surveying since late 2006. This finding is still down from 61% in February of last year,Ā  but is generally more in line with earlier surveys. Source: Rasmussen

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