Gallup reports a 10 year high in the number of Americans (57%) who say the government is engaging in affairs better left to the private sector. The prior high of 60% was set in 1995, during the first term of the Clinton administration. Additionally, on the question of governmental regulation of business and industry, a new Gallup high (45%) said the government was doing “too much” to oversee commerce, compared to 24% who said too little.
No doubt this shift in public perception comes from Washington’s expansive involvement in the banking, mortgage, automotive, energy, and health care industries. Recent comments from President Obama suggest he’s open to aid for the newspaper business, suggesting that our elected officials are tone deaf to the discontent that’s beginning to form around the country.