Government

Government should do more; government should do less. We should spend more; we should spend less 🙄

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

Like the cit­i­zens of many other democ­ra­cies, Amer­i­cans have re­cently sig­naled that they are tired of aus­ter­ity and ea­ger for more gov­ernment ac­tion. Last April a Pew Re­search poll showed that for the first time in eight years, Amer­i­cans fa­vored a larger gov­ernment of­fer­ing more ser-vices over a smaller gov­ern­ment pro­vid­ing fewer ser­vices. In the NBC/Wall Street Jour­nal poll last month, 58% of Amer­i­cans—the high­est share ever recorded—agreed that “gov­ern­ment should do more to solve prob­lems and help meet the needs of peo­ple,” com­pared to only 38% who thought that “gov­ernment is do­ing too many things bet­ter left to busi­nesses and in­di­vid­uals.” Amer­i­cans fa­vor­ing a more ac­tive gov­ern­ment in­cluded ma­jori­ties of all age groups, races, eth­nic­ities and ed­u­ca­tion lev­els. 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. That’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,  but is generally more in line with earlier surveys. Source: Rasmussen

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