When President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, he enjoyed meteoric poll numbers. His approval numbers remained relatively high after the initial euphoria of the inauguration had worn off. After the “stimulus” package was passed and signed into law his numbers remained high on the hope that his economic policies might actually work. Unfortunately for the Obama administration, the honeymoon is now officially over.
Pollster Scott Rasmussen charts his Presidential approval ratings by calculating the difference between those that strongly approve of the President and those that strongly disapprove of the President. On January 20 the Presidential approval index was a +27, with 42% strongly approving and 15% strongly disapproving. The ensuing months have seen a gradual decline of the index until about a week ago when the index was about even. Then the disappointing jobs report was released and his approval index has spread back out to a –8 with only 30% strongly approving and 38% strongly disapproving.
Rasmussen is just one of the many indicators of the President’s numbers dropping dramatically. ABC News polls have shown the same drop as well as noted pollster John Zogby. The question is what are the factors that have caused this drastic change in opinion. Obviously the economy plays a big role in the approval numbers, but another major factor is the seemingly endless spending and extreme power grab that has taken hold of Washington. In President Obama’s first few months in Washington he has spent at historic rates. He has seized control of 2 of the big 3 automakers and countless financial institutions.
As the economy continues to slow down in the face of numerous promises from Washington about the “stimulus” package, the bureaucrats are trying to ram through a cap and trade plan that will hamstring the economy and cause energy rates to sky rocket, and they are planning on taking over 1/7 of our economy in the form of the health care industry. They claim that they are merely providing a government option as competition to the private market. The President was already caught in his lie that no one will force you to lose your current doctor under his plan, when it was pointed out that companies will inevitably choose to let the government pay for the healthcare thereby forcing their employees to choose another doctor. One last note about the President’s health care debacle, a government option is not true competition because no government program is ever required to run in the black. The government option will hemorrhage billions, if not trillions of dollars, and will not have any shareholders or board members requiring them to turn a profit. This will in effect bankrupt all of the “competition” in the private market causing the only option to be the government option.
President Obama was overseas yet again this week, but this trip he was not met with the raucous and fawning crowds to which he has grown accustomed. Instead the tepid response from those gathered has shown the President that the public, both at home and abroad, are beginning to grow weary of empty rhetoric. Given his track record of limitless spending, unbridled seizing of power, the nomination of a judge with racist tendencies to the Supreme Court, and apologizing for the United States around the world, I do not hold out hope that he will change his ways. After all they are already talking about a second “stimulus” package since the first one has been such a smashing success.