Americans say there is too much (47%) rather than too little (26%) government regulation of business and industry, with 24% saying the amount of regulation is about right. Americans have been most likely to say there is too much regulation of business over the last several years, but prior to 2006, Americans’ views on the issue of government regulation of business were more mixed.
The collapse of Lehman Bros., the failure of the secondary mortgage market, and other business problems in 2008 and 2009 might have been expected to increase Americans’ desire for more government control of business and industry. But that was not the case. Americans’ views that there is too much government regulation in fact began to rise in 2009, perhaps in response to the new Obama administration and new business regulation policies such as Dodd-Frank, reaching an all-time high of 50% in 2011 before settling down slightly this year to 47%.
There has been little change since 2003 in the percentage of Americans saying there is too little regulation of business. The changes that have occurred in recent years have involved shifts between the percentages choosing the “too much” and “about right” alternatives.
Congressional Democrats and President Obama are vulnerable on this issue and this is certainly exploitable by the GOP.
I, certainly, would have expected to see some national cable television ads on this subject. But, maybe, they will be hitting this issue hard in the coming weeks with their ad buys.
Even independent voters say there is too much government regulation of business.
Here is the chart:
What does this mean?
Despite what some observers call a pattern of excess by big business that helped lead to the 2008 recession, Americans continue to say there is too much rather than too little government regulation of business. In fact, over the 15 times since 1993 that Gallup has asked this question, never have more than a third of Americans said there is too little regulation of business and industry.
The increase in the “too much” viewpoint since 2008 largely results from Republicans’ increased agreement with this point — most likely reflecting their reaction to Democratic President Obama’s election and his policies once in office.
All in all, the results suggest that a call from Mitt Romney for a reduction in government regulations and red tape may strike a more responsive chord from the average American, particularly independent Americans, than a call from Obama for more regulation.
Peggy Noonan, columnist for the Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan made as much news last week as either of the presidential candidates when she came out and advocated for an intervention to save GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney from himself. After calling the Romney camp a “rolling calamity,” Noonan was admonished by both Republican operatives and conservative commentators. However, on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday, Noonan claims that she privately received thanks from anxious conservatives who felt the Romney campaign needed some tough talk.
Peggy, who “jumped the shark” at least two Presidents ago, is a political legend in her own mind. Unfortunately, Peggy has become old, tired and crotchety.
Noonan hated McCain-Palin, hated Bush, hell she hates every Republican. But, she makes the case for Obama.
Time for Peggy to move along and start writing for Slate or the New Republic.
Watch her act on yesterday’s Face the Nation:
Peggy, don’t speak for conservatives, because you left us a long time ago.
Graphic: www.taxpolicycenter.org and AP
No, Mitt Romney didn’t lose the election with his 47 per cent comments at a private fundraiser last May.
Here is the video:
Because Romney is actually correct. Look at these charts and see for yourself.
But, were the “off the cuff” comments smart politically?
Probably not as the MSM left-wing media’s heads explode with this “devastating” gaffe. In a big way, this reinforces the Team Obama meme that Romney is out of touch with every day Americans, who are the 47 per cent.
However, ULTIMATELY, American voters will have to ferret out the truth here and decide who they want as President based on records and policy.
Yahoo News has fired Washington bureau chief David Chalian after he was caught on a hot-mic during an online video broadcast today saying that Mitt Romney and his wife Ann had no problem with African Americans suffering as a result of Hurricane Isaac, a source familiar with the situation tells POLITICO.
“They’re not concerned at all. They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning,” Chalian said during the ABC News/Yahoo News webcast, in reference to the fact that the GOP convention in Tampa is taking place as Hurricane Isaac makes landfall on the north Gulf coast.
The conservative media watchdog organization NewsBusters first posted audio of Chalian’s remarks, but referred to him as an ABC News employee (and offered slightly inaccurate transcription). ABC News spokesperson Julie Townsend informed the organization that Chalian was with Yahoo.
Good riddance to this moron.
In year’s past, the MSM would have just covered this up, suspended the miscreant and transferred the journalist to another gig. Don’t think this will fly in the world of social media and instant communications.
By the way, Yahoo has confirmed Chalian’s firing:
David Chalian’s statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo!. He has been terminated effective immediately. We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended.
I mean Mitt Romney was just saying….
Can Romney really help the fact that some folks believe that President Obama comes from some sketchy origins when he refused to turn over a certified birth certificate for months?
The people of Michigan know that Romney was born there and is one of them.
As the two-week period of back-to-back presidential nominating conventions gets underway next Monday, an Aug. 20-22 USA Today/Gallup poll underscores the strengths and weaknesses of each of the two candidates at this point in the campaign. Barack Obama retains a significant edge over Mitt Romney on personal dimensions, particularly in terms of his “likability,” while Americans still believe Romney is better able to handle the economy.
This Presidential race is all about the economy.
Likability does not put food on the table or a car in the garage.
Americans can like their President, but if he is not producing results – he is OUT.
The DCCC has released its first attack mailer (for the June 2012 primary election) and it is not against the Republican, Tony Strickland, but against NPP (No Party Prefeerence) Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks
Tony Strickland, the Republican candidate for my Congressional District is not taking the bait and opening himself up on defending Paul Ryan and his controversial stand on Medicare.
You can read Strickland’s quotes over at my colleague, Timm Herdt’s blog over at the Ventura County Star newspaper.
As most in Ventura County know, Strickland is close to Mitt Romney and has been for years. He, like, Romney, will not be trapped like Linda Parks was in June by reaining silent or defending Paul Ryan’s proposal, which is dead in the Congress anyway.
He is aware of the mailers used against Parks, like above and this piece below:
There is no need to open himself up for these types of “strawman” attacks. Strickland knows they are coming, but his defense is that he would have voted “No”. Let’s move along….
Then, like Romney, he will pivot and talk about the Romney Plans to save Medicare, oppose ObamaCare and reduce government spending in order to improve employment and the economy.
Score 1 for Strickland for avoiding the Democratic trap.
But, don’t be surprised to not see Paul Ryan, but Mitt Romney or his wife, Ann, to be in Ventura County for a “big” fundraiser for Tony.
In what is viewed to be a pre-emptive strike against Democratic criticisms of Ryan’s efforts in the House to reform Medicare, Romney is shooting the first shot across Obama’s bow.
Here is the ad:
Now, the Romney ad team will be able to build upon their own narrative not the negative portrayal of the national Democratic Party and their minions in the mainstream media.
Of course, “The One” will NEVER apologize for “Slow” Joe over his obviously thinly veiled racist comments this morning. The comments were specifically about bank deregulation but everyone knew what he meant – especially before at least half an African-American audience.
Here is the video, once again:
In any event, Team Romney is outraged.
Mitt Romney’s campaign blasted President Obama’s team for hitting a “new low” after Vice President Biden suggested to voters that the Republican ticket’s economic policies would “put y’all back in chains.” Biden made the remark while campaigning Tuesday in Virginia, during a discussion of Wall Street regulation. “They’ve said it. Every Republican’s voted for it. Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they’re proposing. Romney wants to let the — he said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules — unchain Wall Street,” Biden said. “They’re going to put y’all back in chains. He’s said he’s going to do nothing about stopping the practice of outsourcing.”
Romney’s campaign said the remarks showed the president is determined to run a negative campaign. “After weeks of slanderous and baseless accusations leveled against Gov. Romney, the Obama campaign has reached a new low,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. “The comments made by the vice president of the United States are not acceptable in our political discourse and demonstrate yet again that the Obama campaign will say and do anything to win this election.” Saul then called on the president to say whether he condoned Biden’s language. “President Obama should tell the American people whether he agrees with Joe Biden’s comments,” Saul said.
The gaffe-prone Biden has put his foot in his mouth again. But, wait, maybe it is a set up so that Obama could excuse “Slow” Joe and substitute in Hillary Clinton.
Maybe the polls are just that bad….
This is the second television ad in which Mitt Romney has attacked President Obama over welfare.
Mitt Romney’s first television commercial since announcing House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate brings back a claim first brought up last week: That President Barack Obama is altering the federal welfare-to-work program by dropping work requirements in the law.
The narrator in TV ad, released Monday morning by the campaign of the GOP presidential challenger and by the Republican National Committee, says that “Barack Obama has a long history of opposing work for welfare.”
The spot then includes sound of Obama from June of 1998, with the then-Illinois State Senator saying “I was not a huge supporter of the federal plan that was signed in 1996.”
The ad continues with the narrator adding that “on July 12th, Obama quietly ended work requirements for welfare. You wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job. Mitt Romney strongly believes work must be part of welfare.”
I believe this is a strong theme and will resonate well in Florida and the key upper-Midwestern states of Iowa and Wisconsin. This work for welfare meme will be pounding the President frequently.
Although the Romney Campaign will not release their ad buy, it appears this will appear in all of the key battleground states.
As is their practice, the Romney campaign would not reveal any details on where the new commercial will run or on the ad buy.
But according to data provided to their clients by Kantar Media/Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political ad spending on broadcast and national cable TV, the new spot began running Monday morning in television markets in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers, Florida; Manchester, New Hampshire; Denver, Colorado; Reno, Nevada; Raleigh, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; and Washington, D.C. (which covers much of northern Virginia).
Here is the ad, embedded below: