Matt Towery

The decision by California voters to roundly reject a series of ballot measures, including keeping in place certain tax increases, could give us all a glimpse as to how Americans might just view the staggering deficits we are and will be incurring on the federal level.

When we hear of recommendations that minority-owned broadcasting companies and big-city newspapers should get bailouts, I'm sorry, we hit the absolute brick wall.

To the Obama administration's credit, there is some evidence that it has reached its own limits to handing out bailouts left and right. Much of the new talk comes from Congress, in particular, a House whose speaker has become the nation's new political lightening rod. Even a profile of Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the "new" and imminently cancellable (my wife makes those decisions, and she put the "thumbs down" on it) remake of Newsweek was not particularly flattering to Pelosi.

What Speaker Pelosi and others should likely do is take stock in what even Democratic voters in her own state did when presented with the bill to pay for endless programs and a massive state payroll. They balked. This was, the allegedly liberal bastion of America said, "enough!" The only measure that passed was limiting pay raises for elected officials in tough times. No shock there.

Let's assume for a moment that every proposal coming from the Obama administration is a true and noble one. Now before you start throwing rocks and other foreign objects, I'm just suggesting we test this without even concerning ourselves as to the validity of the alleged purpose.

There has been so much proposed so quickly that many of the initiatives are suffering blowback and the likelihood of serious watering down if and when they become law. And a vicious cycle is developing.

Efforts such as a "charge" for emissions of carbon and "greenhouse gasses" was originally meant to bring down pollution levels in a matter of years -- it was also supposed to create phenomenal revenue for the federal government. But even in the more liberal House the bill has had trouble making it out without giving energy-producing companies and others additional years and some degree of free "credits," which in turn means the revenue stream to "Uncle (now some say "Big Brother") Sam" will be substantially less. And the bill faces steeper opposition when it hits the Senate.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery