Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The president's focus on those issues also seems like a clever way to force those who think that the main thing we should be worried about right now is government spending to give some content to their ideas. They should have the burden of showing that cutting spending would not be like removing the engine from the plane while it is in the air. And while it also seemed necessary for the president to talk about making government more efficient, his heart seemed to be more in telling stories of innovative and successful American entrepreneurs. The anti-government crowd should be cheered by that focus also. After all, there is only so much you can do to improve the delivery of government services, which is a pretty dull topic in any event. What should stir their imagination is helping the next generation of American business leaders.
CBS poll found that a whopping 82% of a sample who listened to the speech, approved of the president's plans. On the other hand, Fox managed to turn out a focus group that seemed almost uniformly hostile. Going forward, I don't envy the Republicans who are going to be forced over the next couple of years to advocate taking benefits away from people, and whining about the deficit, while the President and his party will continue to push for a lot of good things that people want.