The Tide Already Turning: Most Americans Trust Republicans Over Democrats On Economy

Only four months into the Obama administration and total Democratic rule, and the American people already are beginning to realize what incompetent demagogues Democrats actually are. While we still have a long way to go, that nevertheless has to be some kind of record.

Things are changing quickly.  Soon we’ll be hunting Democrats down with dogs.

Only five days ago a new poll revealed that Obama’s approval numbers had plummeted to an overall rate of zero.  Then, just a couple of days ago, we learned that conservatives had swept out liberals across the European Union as people rejected the weight of irrational spending and harmful social policies.  And now, yesterday, we found out even more good news: that voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats – for the first time in over two years – on the all important issue of the economy.

Democrats are great at using the power of the liberal media to undermine, backstab, demagogue, and demonize conservatives.  They can lie and spin with the best.  But what they can’t do is produce growth with ideas that actually work.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on six out of 10 key issues, including the top issue of the economy.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 45% now trust the GOP more to handle economic issues, while 39% trust Democrats more.

This is the first time in over two years of polling that the GOP has held the advantage on this issue. The parties were close in May, with the Democrats holding a modest 44% to 43% edge. The latest survey was taken just after General Motors announced it was going into bankruptcy as part of a deal brokered by the Obama administration that gives the government majority ownership of the failing automaker.

Voters not affiliated with either party now trust the GOP more to handle economic issues by a two-to-one margin.

Separate Rasmussen tracking shows that the economy remains the top issue among voters in terms of importance.

Republicans also now hold a six-point lead on the issue of government ethics and corruption, the second most important issue to all voters and the top issue among unaffiliated voters. That shows a large shift from May, when Democrats held an 11-point lead on the issue.

For the eighth straight month, Republicans lead on national security. The GOP now holds a 51% to 36% lead on the issue, up from a seven-point lead in May. They also lead on the war in Iraq 45% to 37%, after leading by just two points in May and trailing the Democrats in April.

Fewer voters see national security as a very important issue this month, but confidence that the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror is at its highest level since February.

Republicans lead the Democrats on immigration for the third straight month, pulling ahead to a 35% to 29% advantage on the issue.

On taxes, the GOP leads the Democrats for the fifth straight month, 44% to 39%. In May and April, Republicans held six-point leads on the issue.

Democrats continue to hold the lead on the issues of health care, Social Security and education. While Democrats have a 10-point advantage on health care, that’s down from the 18-point lead the party had a month ago.

Democrats lead by six points on Social Security, down from nine points in May. The parties were tied on the issue in April.

On education, Democrats hold a 44% to 37% lead over Republicans.

The parties are tied on the issue of abortion for the second straight month, each earning 41% support from voters.

If I were a Democrat, I’d be really concerned.  Especially given the fact that independents are turning on Democrats by a 2-to-1 margin.  But then again, if I were a Democrat I would have just had a full frontal lobotomy.

How do you get a one-armed liberal out of a tree?  Just wave at him.  [That one ought to come in handy to some of you when your dogs have treed a one-armed liberal].

What this poll should show is that Republicans don’t have to be afraid of Democrat’s ideas; Democrats have to be afraid of Republicans’ ideas.  Just as it was Democrats who flinched like cowards over the issue of Gitmo, it will be Democrats who start to buckle and cave in as things get hotter and hotter for America due to Obama’s failed policies.  And the same problem that plagued “big tent Republicans” will increasingly plague in reverse flip-flopping Democrats: why should you elect a pseudo-conservative when you can have the real thing?

Republicans lead Democrats on the issue of Iraq by an 8-point margin.  Democrats never would have believed that possible only a few months ago.

The survey should also show that Democrats are ultimately going to be wrong on the issue of Hispanics and their blatantly racist “identity politics.”  We don’t have to kowtow to them, and bow down to their illegal immigration agenda; we can and should stand up for true conservative ideas, and for the best interests of the nation that gave birth to those ideas.

We are one continuing bad economy, one economic collapse, one serious international crisis, and most definitely one significant terrorist attack, to turn the America into a country that may not even wait for an election to throw the Democrats who are ruining it out of power.

Conservatives need to stay true to their principles.  They need to trust their core ideas and their essential values.  Part of that trust means believing that Democrats – who are advancing terrible and failed ideas – will themselves fail.  All we need to do is be true to ourselves, and take advantage of every disaster Democrats produce, and the American people will find us once again.

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10 Responses to “The Tide Already Turning: Most Americans Trust Republicans Over Democrats On Economy”

  1. hl Says:

    “The facts of life are conservative.” Margaret Thatcher

  2. david kramer Says:

    Trust WTF. Tell me one thing that either party represents that they have followed through on besides larger and more illegal central government. Neither party gives a rats *** about the american people. Want to argue, start giving me the facts about where both parties have brought our nation to since JFK(the last real President). Our country is broke and Obama and his evil party is just doing exactly the same as Bush and his evil party. God save us all! Your stupid post about the trustworthiness of either party is just a smoke screen that the 2 party system has enabled. Wake up America and take your country back. Vote any party but DEM OR REPUB 2010 and beyond!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Michael Eden Says:

    I can expose the lunacy of your post by simply quoting your last sentence:

    Wake up America and take your country back. Vote any party but DEM OR REPUB 2010 and beyond!

    You think that will happen, do you?

    There are rooms with padding on the walls for people who have delusions like yours. There are jackets with really long sleeves that tie in the back.

    Here’s a little bit of “difference” for anyone who is actually sane.

    There’s little question that the anvil will fall on the US economy due to the near doubling of the national debt as Obama adds a projected $9.3 trillion to the $11.7 trillion hole we’re already in. Obama is borrowing 50 cents on the dollar as he explodes the federal deficit by spending four times more than Bush spent in 2008 and in the process “adding more to the debt than all presidents — from George Washington to George Bush — combined.” And most terrifying of all, Obama’s spending will cause debt to double from 41% of GDP in 2008 to a crushing 82% of GDP in 2019.

    What will be the result of all this insane spending, and not very far off? A quote from a CNS News story should awaken anyone who thinks the future will be rosy:

    By 2019, the CBO said, a whopping 82 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) will go to pay down the national debt. This means that in future years, the government could owe its creditors more than the goods and services that the entire economy can produce.

    We may literally be doomed now. How are we going to be able to repay all this debt?

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    What is TRULY funny, HL, is that the day after this poll comes out Obama goes on TV to say, “We’re going to pay as we go.”

    He sees it all going away. And – consummate liar that he is – he thinks he can come out and say something that sounds “conservative” and get his support back.

  5. NewAmericaNow Says:

    The Republican conservatives are just as guilty as the liberal democrats. Everyone is only thinking about getting reelected and not what is right for this country. Special interest money and influence makes it possible to get reelected so thats who they listen to. In order to fix this mess.

    1) Term limits for everyone.

    2) Remove corporate spacial interest in favor of classifying special interest in terms of population not money.

    3) Transparency of Money. the average citizen should be able to trace every dollar and were it goes. I think if everyone new how much everyone got paid and where companies spend money and profit it would answer alot of questions.

    4) Abolish the Federal Reserve system and bring back the gold standard.

    5) Abolish the addition of unscrutinized language from being placed in bills before others can discuss the change.

    6) turn all public cameras and public surveillence devices to public scrutiny so that we can watch them and they not watch us.

  6. Michael Eden Says:

    I see you don’t have the sense to distinguish between Democrats and Republicans.

    Were Republicans as responsible as Democrats for causing the housing finance meltdown that precipitated the economic collapse? Are Republicans as responsible as Democrats for the insane government spending that will ultimately create hyperinflation and send us into an economic collapse that will make the Great Depression look like a walk in the park?

    Let’s first consider who did what to create the housing finance collapse that destroyed the economy, and then deal with who has been spending more money and creating more crushing debt than any administration in human history:

    This video by itself tells most of the real story of what happened leading up to the collapse.

    Even Bill Clinton acknowledged that it was Democrats who largely blocked necessary efforts to fix Fannie and Freddie before they exploded the economy:

    Bill Clinton on Thursday told ABC’s Chris Cuomo that Democrats for years have been “resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress or by me when I was President to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”

    The New York Times has an article describing the Bush administration and Republicans TRYING to reform Fannie and Freddie – but were blocked by steadfast Democrat opposition in 2003. Democrats framed it in their usual terms: it was racist to stop poor black people from being able to own homes. Barney Frank, who was among the Democrats opposed any reform, said in that article:

    ”These two entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis,” said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ”The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.”

    Republicans tried AGAIN to reform Fannie and Freddie before the crash in 2005-2006. Republicans tried for the third time to regulate Fannie and Freddie and the housing finance industry. John McCain wrote a public letter urging support of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005.

    The letter said in part:

    Mr. President, this week Fannie Mae’s regulator reported that the company’s quarterly reports of profit growth over the past few years were “illusions deliberately and systematically created” by the company’s senior management, which resulted in a $10.6 billion accounting scandal.

    The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight’s report goes on to say that Fannie Mae employees deliberately and intentionally manipulated financial reports to hit earnings targets in order to trigger bonuses for senior executives. […]

    For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac–known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs–and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market.

    But AGAIN they were blocked by Democrats with lockstep votes in committee and the threat of a filibuster.

    “On January 26, 2005, hoping for a different result in the new congress, Sununu, Hagel, and Dole re-introduced legislation (S. 190) to improve oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The bill incorporated many provisions of the Sununu, Hagel, Dole legislation from the prior congress. It passed out of the Committee on another party-line vote of 11 – 9 on July 28, 2005. But again, without a single Democrat vote, the bill was doomed if brought to the floor for the critical 60-vote cloture. Only 41 Democrat votes would doom it. In a growing negative atmosphere created by the left based on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, a fight over an unreported crisis brewing in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was likely considered futile. Again the bill was not scheduled to go to the floor where Democrats would certainly have defeated it by voting against cloture and prevented an up or down vote.”

    Right before the economy blew up, on July 14, 2008, Barney Frank was STILL denying that Fannie and Freddie needed any real regulation. Barney Frank – the Housing Finance Cmte Chm – said:

    REP. BARNEY FRANK, D-MASS.: I think this is a case where Fannie and Freddie are fundamentally sound, that they are not in danger of going under. They’re not the best investments these days from the long-term standpoint going back. I think they are in good shape going forward.

    Blaming Republicans for the housing collapse – which was set up in the first place by Democratic policies such as the Community Reinvestment Act – is rationally and morally insane.

    Did any party YOU support fix anything? And what is your evidence that it would have done any different or better even if it ever managed to do anything other than fracture the conservative vote and gain any actual power? How precisely do you think splitting the conservative vote into two, three, four, who knows how many parties, will do anything but impose Democrat power for decades to come?

    But let me return to the issue of spending and debt that Republicans have been fighting tooth and nail. 236 out of a total of 239 Republicans OPPOSED the $3.27 trillion stimulus (and one of the 3 has since joined the Democratic Party). Republicans have universally opposed the pork-laden omnibus and other bills. They are universally opposed to the health care bill that will spend $1.5 trillion to nationalize health care. They are opposing in lock-step the effort to add $846 billion in new energy taxes over the next ten years.

    Then there is the RESULT of the insane Democrat spending:

    There’s little question that the anvil will fall on the US economy due to the near doubling of the national debt as Obama adds a projected $9.3 trillion to the $11.7 trillion hole we’re already in. Obama is borrowing 50 cents on the dollar as he explodes the federal deficit by spending four times more than Bush spent in 2008 and in the process “adding more to the debt than all presidents — from George Washington to George Bush — combined.” And most terrifying of all, Obama’s spending will cause debt to double from 41% of GDP in 2008 to a crushing 82% of GDP in 2019.

    What will be the result of all this insane spending, and not very far off? A quote from a CNS News story should awaken anyone who thinks the future will be rosy:

    By 2019, the CBO said, a whopping 82 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) will go to pay down the national debt. This means that in future years, the government could owe its creditors more than the goods and services that the entire economy can produce.

    How can people refuse to notice any difference between Republicans and Democrats?

  7. NewAmericaNow Says:

    No, I think the one devoid of sense is you. It’s true that key Democrats opposed the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, which would have established a single, independent regulatory body with jurisdiction over Fannie and Freddie – a move that the Government Accountability Office had recommended in a 2004 report. Current House Banking Committee chairman Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts opposed legislation to reorganize oversight in 2000 (when Clinton was still president), 2003 and 2004, saying of the 2000 legislation that concern about Fannie and Freddie was “overblown.” Just last summer, Senate Banking Committee chairman Chris Dodd called a Bush proposal for an independent agency to regulate the two entities “ill-advised.”

    But saying that Democrats killed the 2005 bill “while Mr. Obama was notably silent” oversimplifies things considerably. The bill made it out of committee in the Senate but was never brought up for consideration. At that time, Republicans had a majority in the Senate and controlled the agenda. Democrats never got the chance to vote against it or to mount a filibuster to block it.

    By the time McCain signed on to the legislation, it was too late to prevent the crisis anyway. McCain added his name on May 25, 2006, when the housing bubble had already nearly peaked. Standard & Poor’s Case-Schiller Home Price Index, which measures residential housing prices in 20 metropolitan regions and then constructs a composite index for the entire United States, shows that housing prices began falling in July 2006, barely two months later.

    The Real Deal

    So who is to blame? There’s plenty of blame to go around, and it doesn’t fasten only on one party or even mainly on what Washington did or didn’t do. As The Economist magazine noted recently, the problem is one of “layered irresponsibility … with hard-working homeowners and billionaire villains each playing a role.” Here’s a partial list of those alleged to be at fault:

    The Federal Reserve, which slashed interest rates after the dot-com bubble burst, making credit cheap.

    Home buyers, who took advantage of easy credit to bid up the prices of homes excessively.

    Congress, which continues to support a mortgage tax deduction that gives consumers a tax incentive to buy more expensive houses.

    Real estate agents, most of whom work for the sellers rather than the buyers and who earned higher commissions from selling more expensive homes.

    The Clinton administration, which pushed for less stringent credit and downpayment requirements for working- and middle-class families.

    Mortgage brokers, who offered less-credit-worthy home buyers subprime, adjustable rate loans with low initial payments, but exploding interest rates.

    Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, who in 2004, near the peak of the housing bubble, encouraged Americans to take out adjustable rate mortgages.

    Wall Street firms, who paid too little attention to the quality of the risky loans that they bundled into Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), and issued bonds using those securities as collateral.

    The Bush administration, which failed to provide needed government oversight of the increasingly dicey mortgage-backed securities market.

    An obscure accounting rule called mark-to-market, which can have the paradoxical result of making assets be worth less on paper than they are in reality during times of panic.

    Collective delusion, or a belief on the part of all parties that home prices would keep rising forever, no matter how high or how fast they had already gone up.

    The U.S. economy is enormously complicated. Screwing it up takes a great deal of cooperation. Claiming that a single piece of legislation was responsible for (or could have averted) the crisis is just political grandstanding. I have no advice to offer on how best to solve the financial crisis. But these sorts of partisan caricatures can only make the task more difficult.

  8. Michael Eden Says:

    I stopped reading when I came to the following bogus statement:

    “But saying that Democrats killed the 2005 bill “while Mr. Obama was notably silent” oversimplifies things considerably. The bill made it out of committee in the Senate but was never brought up for consideration. At that time, Republicans had a majority in the Senate and controlled the agenda. Democrats never got the chance to vote against it or to mount a filibuster to block it.”

    Two things: glancing at the paragraph immediately following this, you argue that it was already too late in 2006. But it wasn’t too late in 2003, when Bush first tried to regulate the housing finance industry. Your argument falls apart.

    Secondly, let me again provide the basic facts:

    “On January 26, 2005, hoping for a different result in the new congress, Sununu, Hagel, and Dole re-introduced legislation (S. 190) to improve oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The bill incorporated many provisions of the Sununu, Hagel, Dole legislation from the prior congress. It passed out of the Committee on another party-line vote of 11 – 9 on July 28, 2005. But again, without a single Democrat vote, the bill was doomed if brought to the floor for the critical 60-vote cloture. Only 41 Democrat votes would doom it. In a growing negative atmosphere created by the left based on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, a fight over an unreported crisis brewing in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was likely considered futile. Again the bill was not scheduled to go to the floor where Democrats would certainly have defeated it by voting against cloture and prevented an up or down vote.”

    You are clearly ignorant about the political process. Republicans most certainly did NOT have the numbers to prevent a vowed Democratic filibuster. And there was no question that the Democrats would have mounted one. Not a single Democrat voted for the regulatory bill in committee, and the Democratic leadership vowed to filibuster. You should seriously learn about the political process. Read up on the term “filibuster.” The bill would never have gotten out of the Senate. So Republicans dropped it.

    In hindsight, the Republicans clearly SHOULD have forced a vote in order to have Democrats on the record opposing reform of the housing finance industry. But at the time, the leadership followed the longstanding political calculus of EVERY majority party: if the majority party leadership cannot get a bill through, it is widely seen and portrayed as a failure of the party and as a failure of leadership. When the Democrats vowed a filibuster, and the Republican leadership could not find enough votes to overcome it, they moved on to an issue they could win.

    That said, are you seriously going to try to argue that there’s no real difference between Republicans and Democrats? And use as your basis the fact that the Democrats who drove an economy-killing agenda are no more guilty than the Republicans, whose sin was simply not being able to overcome a filibuster in order to prevent it?

    Now, it is incumbent upon YOU to demonstrate that your Kool-Aid Party – or whatever the hell party you favor – would produce the 60 Senate votes that would have been needed to overcome that Democrat filibuster. Explain how your party would win this massive supermajority.

    It is also incumbent upon YOU to demonstrate how fracturing the conservative vote by undermining the Republican Party would help the conservative cause rather than destroy it.

    When it comes to the massive Obama spending that is literally DOUBLING the national debt – and which will result in the economic death of this nation as interest payments consume 82% of our GDP – that is ALL on Democrats.

    I’ll post the facts again:

    There’s little question that the anvil will fall on the US economy due to the near doubling of the national debt as Obama adds a projected $9.3 trillion to the $11.7 trillion hole we’re already in. Obama is borrowing 50 cents on the dollar as he explodes the federal deficit by spending four times more than Bush spent in 2008 and in the process “adding more to the debt than all presidents — from George Washington to George Bush — combined.” And most terrifying of all, Obama’s spending will cause debt to double from 41% of GDP in 2008 to a crushing 82% of GDP in 2019.

    What will be the result of all this insane spending, and not very far off? A quote from a CNS News story should awaken anyone who thinks the future will be rosy:

    By 2019, the CBO said, a whopping 82 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) will go to pay down the national debt. This means that in future years, the government could owe its creditors more than the goods and services that the entire economy.

    Working to undermine the Republican Party by fracturing the conservative vote – while the Democratic Party remains unified – is the act of a fool. Plain and simple.

  9. william baugh Says:

    eden wins, conservatism must unite under the umbrella of right vs. devastatingly wrong. cheers to mr. eden’s overwhelming conviction to this truth.

  10. Michael Eden Says:

    Allow me to address those conservatives who think turning away from the Republican Party and splintering the conservative vote in third parties is the answer.

    From Gallup: “Thus far in 2009, 40% of Americans interviewed in national Gallup Poll surveys describe their political views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal. This represents a slight increase for conservatism in the U.S. since 2008.” And among independents, “34% are conservative, while 20% are liberal.”

    And yet here we are: with “San Fran Nan” Pelosi having total control of the House of Representatives; “I believe this war is lost” Harry Reid presiding over a filibuster-proof supermajority in the Senate; and Frank Marshall Davis’, Saul Alinsky’s, and Bill Ayers’ protoge Barry Hussein as the most radical, most leftist president in American history.

    Conservatives have a virtual 2-1 majority in this country. We’ve got all the numbers. And yet we’re being dominated.

    The only thing conservatives seem to lack is the basic instinct to realize that we are about to go extinct, and act to protect ourselves like reasonable bipedal hominids. But no, instead, we’ve got people identifying themselves as “conservatives” while damning Republicans even more than Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank. Just brilliant.

    Believe me, I didn’t like John McCain either. But if you didn’t vote for him, you’ve got exactly the calamity-as-government that you deserve. And you are perfectly free to keep damning Democrats while your children starve to death under Democrat rule, too.

    “Conservatism must unite under the umbrella of right vs. devastatingly wrong.” That’s a great way to put it, William.

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