Nov 10, 2011 1:02 PM GMT
Sometimes it takes a bit of a foreign perspective to see the big picture. I think history will show that the second proposition in Ohio is merely a blip in what's been a consistent trend - and that will stay that way for the simple fact that there just isn't any more money available for the largesse of big public unions and big public spending. It is unlikely that Walker will be recalled and if anything, the next year will show how right the Republicans were and why it is a mistake that the law was defeated when local property taxes rise and municipalities go bankrupt. It's already happening - and we're about to see a lot more bankruptcies of municipalities through the US.
Three major polls this week will give a jittery White House cause for concern. The first, from ABC News/Washington Post shows a significant rise in public anger towards the federal government. The second, from The Wall Street Journal/ NBC, shows overwhelming disillusionment with President Obama’s handling of the economy. The third, from Gallup, has conservatives in America now outnumbering liberals by a two-to-one margin.
Taken as a whole, this week’s polls paint a picture of a country that is emphatically rejecting the Big Government experiment of the past few years, and turning more and more towards conservatism. The surveys are representative of a sea of polls revealing a deep-seated and mounting opposition to the highly interventionist economic policies of the current US administration, with the latest RealClear Politics average of polls showing 73 per cent of Americans believing the country is moving down the “wrong track”.