The same Gallup poll reported that 57 percent of Americans "believe that the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to businesses and individuals." The prior peak of 59 percent was recorded in 1998 during the Clinton administration. Right now, people want government to leave them alone, to get out of the way, so that they individually and through their businesses can make progress. They believe that less government, not more, would improve their lives.
Possibly you have had times in your life where you have been overwhelmed by attention from a spouse, a child or a parent. They just won't leave you alone. There is more going on, more information, more intrusion and more activity than you can handle. This often leads to exhaustion, shutting down, dismissal or — in the case of a neighbor with small children — hiding from them behind the dining room curtains.
Instead of slowing down and listening to the people, Obama continues to smile during media events while pushing and prodding the American people. There is no place where the administration fears to tread. Obama recently asked New York Gov. David Paterson to pull out of the 2010 governor's race. Paterson decided to run anyway.
Wow — an administration concerned not only with stimulus, the financial sector, the automotive industry, the Middle East, global warming, education and health care, but also the New York governor's race.
My thoughts? I'm exhausted — please, just leave me alone.
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