"I can't watch anymore," my friend Wes said yesterday in reference to the current administration. "It's just more than I can take."
As the owner of a construction firm, Wes is focused on trying to find new business while finishing projects that require he comply with numerous government codes — like getting the right color tapes on the right wires. He said that it would be nice if the government would get out of his way and let him run his business unfettered.
It's not the media exposure of President Barack Obama that is overwhelming — it's his government's overreaching. Obama appeared on five television shows this past Sunday and continued his media marathon Monday on the "Late Show With David Letterman," but media madness is all part of the effort to sell his health care plan and is to be expected.
The problem is not that Obama is overexposed from a media perspective — it's that his government has gone too far for most Americans. According to a Gallup poll released Monday, most Americans "believe that government is doing too much."
Pushed too far, people become exhausted. Our government is exhausting many of us.
When Obama took office, he began with the hurried passage of the stimulus package. Government intervention rapidly extended to the financial sector, the automotive industry, a budget with a large deficit and a cap-and-trade bill.
The current policy tornado swirling around the country is Obama's undertaking in health care, which represents 16 percent of our nation's output. This attempt at massive intervention in health care could lead his administration to the undertaker.
According to a Rasmussen poll released Tuesday, "66 percent of voters nationwide say they're at least somewhat angry about the current policies of the federal government." Of course they are — that is what happens when the American people believe that their government is becoming too involved in their lives.
They become exhausted and angry, and want the government to go away.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 15 million people were unemployed in August. An additional 9 million who would rather work full time were working part time. This equates to 24 million Americans who are either unemployed or underemployed. Their top priority is finding a job that puts their skills to use and provides for themselves and their families.
They want to believe that their hard work will lead to a brighter future.
But, while millions of Americans are trying to find work, our government is running rampant.