AUGUST 21, 2013

Poll shows Americans do not believe in big government

'For the first time in Obama's presidency, half of the public says they don't believe he is honest and trustworthy.'  - CNN
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BOHEMIA, New York – "The Obama administration's liberal, 'big government' agenda is serving to reinvigorate the nation's conservative base," according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

He quoted from a recent, largely ignored CNN report that, he said, shows most Americans don't trust the president.

Weber said he never thought he'd be using data from a liberal media source to support his association's conservative viewpoints. "But here it is-a CNN poll showing clearly that Americans believe big government does not work."

The survey results were reported by the Cable News Network in June, but it "obviously" did not get much coverage, he noted.

Here's what the report had to say: "The poll indicates that for the first time in Obama's presidency, half of the public says they don't believe he is honest and trustworthy." Another important finding was that the president's disapproval among Independent voters rose from 49 percent to 61 percent.

"This by no means ensures GOP victories in the 2014 and 2016 elections. But it does encourage the growing conservative movement in the U.S. Conservatives already outnumber liberals in America-by two to one, according to some reports-and the failure of socialist ideologues to foist their liberal agenda on voters, gives the base cause to become more active in the political process going forward," Weber said.

"It was the community organizers who roused younger voters and it was his unfulfilled promises that won over many Independents in the past two presidential elections. Indications are that disillusionment with the president's big government policies and his tendency to rule by regulation may be turning the tide against him. Thus, it is time for the loyal opposition to present a palatable alternative view of the world that will win voter allegiance in the near-term and long-term future. All we need to do is stay true to our patriotic heritage and the legacies of our Founding Fathers," he added.

A British political analyst, Nile Gardiner, perhaps put it best, Weber noted: "Conservatism is thriving in America today because liberty, freedom and individual responsibility are at the heart of its ideology, one that rejects the foolish notion that government knows best. And its strength owes a great debt to the conviction and ideals of Ronald Reagan, who always believed that America's best days are ahead of her, and for whom the notion of decline was unacceptable. As the Gipper famously put it in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in 1988: 'Those who underestimate the conservative movement are the same people who always underestimate the American people'."

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