The article in the Post "underscores that the gulf between Republicans and Democrats has never been wider," pointing out the different factions that exist in both parties. For instance, there are Tea Party Republicans (Rand Paul) and "Pro-government conservative" Republicans (George W. Bush); there are "Urban Liberal" Democrats (Nancy Pelosi) and "Agnostic Left" Democrats (Bill Clinton). This isn't the revealing part.
CNSnews does a better job explaining the significance of the poll:
The poll asked: "Would you say you favor a smaller federal government with fewer services, or larger federal government with many services?"
Among all those polled, 55 percent said they wanted a smaller federal government and 40 percent said they wanted a larger federal government.I don't know about you, but these results blow my mind! I'm not surprised that over 50% of Americans (whether Democrat, Republican or Independent) wants "a smaller federal government with fewer services." What blows my mind is that about 40% of Americans wants "a larger federal government with many services!"
Among just the registered voters in the poll, 58 percent said they wanted a smaller federal government and 37 percent said they wanted a larger federal government.
The CNS article has more:
The poll also asked: "Do you personally agree or disagree with the following statement. Government controls too much of our daily lives."Again, about 40% of Americans -- regardless of political party affiliation -- disagreed with the statement that "government controls too much of our daily lives!"
Among all those polled, 60 percents said they agreed and 39 percent said they disagreed. Among just the registered voters in the survey, the results were almost identical, with 60 percent saying they agreed and 38 percent saying they disagreed.
This is more than depressing. It's revolting! It makes me want to vomit!
I had always thought the current social and political battle in this country was between collectivists and individualists. But I guess I didn't truly appreciate that there were so many collectivists.
MEMO TO THE 40%:
What is wrong with you? Are you ignorant? Stupid? Brain-dead? Pure
evil? Or is it that you just can't read a stupid poll question?
You say you want a larger government that provides more services and that controls more of more of your daily life.
Government already educates you, pays you a pension, buys you food stamps, builds you roads and bridges, pays you when you're unemployed, picks up your garbage, puts out your fires, polices your roads, makes your workplace safe, ethnically diverse and sexually and racially equitable, provides water, food, clothes and shelter during natural disasters, loans you money for college, safeguards you from domestic terrorism by X-raying your luggage and your children, frisking your wife, reading your emails, listening to your cell phone calls and spying on your whereabouts. Government enforces the law, prosecutes criminals, impanels juries, employs judges, imprisons 2.3-million Americans, forecasts the weather, warns you about sex offenders, inspects your meat, regulates the airwaves, tests your medicine, your cars, your children's toys, your food and water, subsidizes your food suppliers, builds you national parks and forests, conducts controlled burns of these forests, keeps your wages above minimum and your hours below 41, licenses your car, your driving, your fishing, your flying, your doctors, your pharmacists, your taxi cab drivers, your hair dressers and your contractors, tells you what you can drink, what you can smoke, where you can smoke, when you can smoke, what pills you can swallow, what, where and when you can hunt, who you can marry, where, what and how you can build, what gas you can burn, what guns you can own, what light bulbs you can buy, what money you must use, what taxes you must pay, what speed you must drive, what mileage you must get, and what labels you must make. Government runs your buses, your trains, your car factory, your airports, your air traffic controllers, your post office, your subways, stadiums, public bathrooms and your military, cleans your air and filters your water, regulates your gas, your oil, your stocks, your bonds, your mortgages, your small business, your large business, your successes, your failures, your bankruptcies, your bankers, your bakers and your candlestick makers...and is about to provide you health insurance and health care.
What the hell other services and controls do you want the government to provide and impose?