As in what iceberg did he hit with the ship of state? Well, that would be that biggest of all icebergs in American politics: public opinion.
What exactly is our problem with government spending? It is not just that we think it is wasteful and ineffective (although most recognize this to be true). Americans actually think the government makes it harder for people to get ahead in life.
In January 2009, the Pew Research Center asked about 2,000 Americans, “Do you think the government does more to help or more to hurt people trying to move up the economic ladder?” Amid the most frightening economic crisis in decades, more Americans still said the government would hurt than the number who thought it would help (50% versus 39%). Independent surveys from roughly the same period found that only one in five Americans believed he or she could trust the government.
Citizens will put up with a lot-but not with anyone who imperils our future. There is practically nothing that lowers American happiness more than taking away our faith in a better tomorrow. Data from the National Opinion Research Center’s General Social Survey in 2004 show that, even if two people have the same income, education, race, sex, family status and political views, a lack of optimism about the future lowers the likelihood by nearly 50% of one saying he or she is “very happy” about the present. (Emphasis added)
I think that’s just about the whole thing in a nutshell. The future of this nation – of this nation’s citizens – is being imperiled by insane, out of control spending, many, many things people did NOT vote for (the millipede effect) and a Democratic leadership that demonizes and denigrates those who voice any opposition.
People do not like this behavior. And the polls are dropping accordingly. If the Democrats ram health care through in this environment, I suspect that a lot of current members of Congress will be looking for work next November.
I suspect that they think the same thing – that’s why they are falling apart as they are.