Mr. President, Listen To The People

I know that the liberal belief is that they know better than we do. That has been clear with this administration. It’s time for Obama to learn from his mistakes.

When all is said and done with the Obama administration, one can only hope that his biggest mistake was focusing on the health care bill when he should have been focusing on jobs.

Here is recent Ramussen polling data reports on voter views on the State of The Union. It’s not good news for Obama:

The president presented the $787-billion economic stimulus package as a success story. However, just 35% of voters believe the stimulus plan has helped the economy, while 31% believe it hurt. At this time, 39% are concerned the government will do too little to deal with the economy while 49% fear it will do too much.

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Obama said the unpopular bailouts saved the economy. He’s right that they’re unpopular. By a two-to-one margin, voters still believe they were a bad idea. Voters are evenly divided as to whether they helped or hurt the economy in the short-term. However, voters overwhelmingly believe the bailouts are bad for the long-term health of the economy.

The president spoke about small business issues at a time when just 29% of small business owners say conditions for their businesses are getting better. That’s up seven points from a month ago, but 43% still say conditions for their business are getting worse.
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Voters still say deficit reduction is the most important priority laid out by the president last February. They also believe it is the presidential priority least likely to be achieved.

The president referenced the Congressional Budget Office analysis that suggested his health care plan would reduce the deficit. However, most Americans don’t believe the numbers. Voters overwhelmingly think the plan’s costs will be higher than projected, and 81% say passage of the plan will likely lead to higher middle class taxes. Sixty-eight percent (68%) say it will increase the deficit

Most voters continue to oppose the proposed health care plan.

Sixty-one percent (61%) now want Congress to drop health care and focus on jobs.
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Obama said he has cut taxes for 95% of Americans, but nearly half the nation’s voters expect their taxes will go up during the Obama years. Hardly anybody expects their taxes to be cut.

Americans strongly believe that cutting taxes is the best way to create jobs. However, few expect the nation’s elected politicians to follow that route.

The only issues where Obama got high marks were on Haiti and Afghanistan. The two issues that involve the military. How about that?

When I say that I hope the Health Care bill will be the biggest mistake, I’m hoping that not interrogating the Christmas Day Bomber properly won’t turn out to be the biggest mistake of his Presidency.

It’s time the President stopped believing that he knows better. It’s time for the President to start listening to the American people. They were right when they insisted that he focus on jobs, and leave the health care bill for later. They were right that the stimulus bill didn’t help the economy and didn’t think it would. They were right about the bailouts. They are right that deficit reduction should be a priority, and sadly, they are right that it probably won’t be. Just as they are right that cutting taxes is the best way to create jobs, but knows this administration or Congress will not do that.

It looks like health care will be dropped in favor of a focus on jobs, but that wasn’t really the administration’s choice. It was forced upon them.

The American people are smarter than Pres. Obama believes. It would do him well to stop lecturing and start listening.

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