Politicians love to claim that they are doing what they do “for the good people of America.” They say that their actions are the “right thing to do,” but how many of them actually listen? How many are actually doing what the American people want? Recent elections indicate that the answer falls somewhere between slim and none.
There are a host of issues I could address in this column, and please feel free to add more. First, there is Obama’s health care program. The American people didn’t want it, and yet, Obama and the Democrats forced it through for reasons such as 1) They had the numbers; 2) It would put the government more in control of YOU; 3) It would drive private health insurance companies out of business. None of those had to do with the will of the American people.
Even now, as Republicans in the U.S. House move to defund ObamaCare, the Democrats are still complaining. The American people, however, remain opposed to the plan. According to a poll by Rasmussen Reports, 56% of those surveyed favor repeal. Of those, 43% strongly favor repeal of the law. Only 40% oppose repeal. Are you listening, Democrats?
How about what’s going on in Wisconsin? For more details, check out my column from yesterday. In short, the Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate have fled the state rather than vote on a bill supported by Wisconsin’s governor. The bill would help balance the budget by making state union workers contribute more to cover their benefits and put restrictions on collective bargaining. Of course, Barack Obama has come out in favor of the unions, but where do the American people stand?
In a poll released Monday, Rasmussen Reports indicates that 48% of likely voters side with Wisconsin’s governor. Thirty-eight percent side with the unions.
Thirty-six percent (36%) of all voters say that in their state the average public employee earns more than the average private sector worker. Twenty-one percent (21%) say the government employee earns less, while 20% think their pay is about the same. Twenty-three percent (23%) are not sure.
With states across the country finding that benefits for public workers are becoming difficult to fund in the current economic climate, support for public employee unions has fallen. Forty-five percent (45%) of Americans favor them, and 45% don’t. These findings include 21% who Strongly Favor such unions and 30% who are Strongly Opposed to them.
How about immigration laws? Remember when Arizona enacted a law in order to combat illegal immigration? The law basically restated what was already on the books at the federal level. What did Obama and company do? They condemned the law and forced legal action. What do the American people think? According to a poll released last week, 67% of likely voters “think a state should have the right to enforce immigration laws if it believes the federal government is not enforcing them.” Only 22% disagree.
Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters continue to favor passage of an immigration law like Arizona’s in their own state. Twenty-eight percent (28%) oppose such a law, and 15% are undecided about it.
This is consistent with support for the law since its passage last spring, even after a federal judge put key provisions of it on hold in July as part of the Justice Department’s ongoing legal challenge.
That’s just a sampling. The point is that the Democrats got blown out in November because they were not listening. They were acting on a left wing agenda, while the American people were calling for less spending, less debt, and lower taxes. As a new Rasmussen Reports poll indicates, Republicans have a nine-point lead on the “generic congressional ballot.” According to the poll, “46% of Likely U.S. Voters nationwide say they would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate, while 37% would choose the Democrat instead.” The Democrats ignored America, and they are paying the price. In 2006 and 2008, Americans turned away from the Republican party, because that party wasn’t listening. Did they get the message? Only time will tell.