The LA Times notes that voters – by a ridiculous margin – are just not buying the so-called “Freeze” on discretionary spending that the Wizard of 0 trotted out at the SOTU. How ridiculous a margin you ask?
Well, 9% bought it. That should tell you.
The new Rasmussen Reports poll actually shows that 9% — nine out of every 100 Americans — think the freeze will do a lot about the federal deficit that has this many 0′s — 0,000,000,000,000.
To put it another way, 81 out of every 100 Americans are already convinced that the president’s three-year plan is a phony phreeze that won’t do much of anything at all about the deficit.
They’re not against a freeze. It sounds swell. Like a budget-conscious family banning restaurant dinners except on weekends. In fact, 57% of poll respondents would like to see a government spending reduction. They just don’t see such a tiny one as mattering much, despite the administration’s orchestrated news leaks in advance and the three whole paragraphs the president devoted to it.
And, therefore, Obama’s spending veto threat also rings hollow. Since, come to think of it, he’s had that at his left hand since he took the oath by raising the right one 374 days ago.
To assist the Democrat president, Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is feigning a fight over including defense spending in the freeze. Of course, that’s not going to happen. But her cosmetic talk makes the grumbling Democratic left a little less unhappy and allows Obama to appear like an alert centurion at the gates of national security.
The public sees the gimmick for what it is. More of the same smoke and misdirection. The problem is that the voters are looking behind the curtain – in fact, the curtain has been torn down. And they can see the small man with a big ego feverishly pulling the levers and madly twirling the wheels while shouting banalities into the microphone. There simply is no there there. Just a very small man, not able to summon the courage to change direction.
It isn’t working. It never will again. The magic has been shown to be just a mechanical construct with a big assist from a supine media. A media that may be seen to have wrecked itself in the effort when the smoke clears.