Something that has amused me for years is the use of the word "Investment" by the Dems for what they call government spending. They are always investing in something, the schools, health care, our future.
I have wondered if people were really buying this? If using the word investing fooled people and made them feel better about the Dems spending our money?
Turns out they don't, according to a Fox poll.
The Obama administration consistently uses the word "invest" or "investment" instead of government "spending." Even so, most Americans don't make the distinction as fully 78 percent say it means spending their tax dollars, not saving them.
So, 4 out of 5 people are smarter than the Dems give them credit for. Interestingly, 1 out 5 people are not. You draw your own conclusion on how they vote.
There are other numbers in the poll that are not real good news for the Obama administration.
In addition, 54 percent of voters think the Obama administration is proposing too much of an increase in government spending, while 6 percent say not enough. About a third -- 35 percent -- says the spending is "about right."
A majority of Democrats (61 percent) think the president's proposed spending is about right, while majorities of Republicans (85 percent) and independents (61 percent) think there is too much of an increase.
The flip side of government spending is budget cuts, and the poll finds 6 in 10 think President Obama is not cutting enough waste from government, including 84 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of independents and 38 percent of Democrats.
Look closely at these numbers.
First we discard the GOP numbers. The answers are probably equal parts reflective of how they feel and partisanship.
The real story is in the numbers from the independents and Obama's fellow Dems.
On spending, 61% of Democrats think Obama's spending is about right. Not a bad number but simple math shows that 4 in 10 Dems don't share this view, not a small number either. You have almost the same number of Dems that think he is not cutting enough waste.
While you can't read too much into these numbers, they could show his support among his own party is a little soft just barely 100 days into his first term.
The reason that this could be dangerous for Obama is the one reason he has the support he has is that his voters like him. The thing to be seen is if they like him enough to override misgivings about his ability to right our economy.
Most importantly, liking Obama may not drive those Dems to the polls in 2010 Congressional elections if they think the government is wasting their money. Or, worse, some Dems on the fence may vote for the GOP.
Then there are the numbers from the independents. There are real warning signs for the Dems in 2010 in this poll.
Among independents 61% think his spending is too high and 66% think he is not cutting enough from the budget.
This is obviously dangerous because independents decide elections.
The GOP needs to waken from it's slumber and get some leadership, which they appear to be doing finally.
With the Dems averaging approximately a scandal a week and Obama's economic policy being exposed for the scam it is, a rejuvenated GOP can do some real damage in 2010.
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