Big time cognitive dissonance in America right now. According to Rasmussen, only 32% of Americans support another stimulus, and a heartening 58% get that tax cuts are preferable to a ton of government spending if your goal is to juice the economy. Congressional approval ratings are justifiably in the toilet, under 20% now. Yet, if polling trends are reasonably accurate, Americans seem poised to sweep in an era of “change” we apparently don’t believe in. Is this some collective way to dissociate and separate ourselves from economic trauma or emotional pain amid uncertainty? Where’s Stuart Smalley when you need him? Oh that’s right, he’s running for the Senate. Related thoughts from friend and colleague Bob Robb.
Leonard Gilroy is vice president of government reform at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. He also serves as senior managing director of the Pension Integrity Project at Reason Foundation, which assists policymakers and other stakeholders in designing, analyzing and implementing public sector pension reforms.