Salena Zito points out that Main Street, USA may not actually resemble the America that Washington politicians believe exists:
His sentiment was said without attending a “Tea Party” or railing against an elected official at a town hall – the media’s usual caricature of people who vent against Washington.
Main Street America has entered an era of populism that embraces neither party. People are tired of government bailouts, spending and unchecked corruption, as well as the media’s perceived lack of curiosity or investigation into all three.
They are really tired of being told their values and way of life are not politically correct.
“It has now become a cliché to say that the Washington elite do not understand people that live outside of their bubble, but clichés are not created in a vacuum,” says Michael Scott, who owns a photography studio near the high school here.
“Politicians used to be known as statesmen,” he explains. “They owned businesses in their hometowns and made about the same amount of money that the average voter did, keeping them in touch with who they represented.”
I suspect that Zito is correct – a large number of Americans have strongly Jeffersonian views of government. Or at least one major tenet of that philosophy: government should be small and have sharply limited powers. Most Americans do not want the government to “solve” their problems. Because most Americans realize that government is extraordinarily bad at solving anything. Washington can spend madly, but they all too rarely get anything right. The bigger the program, the more likely it is that it will be riddled with inefficiency, fraud, abuse and really bad unintended consequences.
The residents of Bedford Falls are abandoning Obama in droves. It promises to be an interesting 11 months.