Because Mars is where his program remains popular and relevant. But alas, Martians can’t vote in the 2014 U.S. elections. Even if an immigration bill passes.
The president Tuesday began yet another Obamacare PR offensive. Today he touted his plans for the economy.
If you want to know where America’s head is at, and how far it is from where Obama’s is located, think of the unpopularity of Obamacare, of course. But also have a look at something I recently became aware of: the failed Colorado initiative to raise taxes to pay for education.
One of Obama’s signature initiatives is universal preschool funding – what I like to call the Daycare Entitlement. But Colorado, a state that leans a little left with two Democratic Senators, a Democratic Governor and Democrats controlling both state chambers, on Election Day 2013 overwhelmingly rejected Obama’s Statist vision.
It is a very clear sign of the direction in which the nation, startled awake by Obamacare and surging debt, is headed.
Liberals greeted with shock Coloradans dismissal by a nearly two-to-one margin – 66 percent to 34 percent – of what was called “Amendment 66,” a $950 million tax increase to allot more spending to K-12 education.
The vote halted in its tracks what could have become a national movement at the state level. Amendment 66 was rejected even though its proponents far outspent the opposition, using their big bucks to sell smaller class sizes, music in schools, and expanded pre-school.
But voters knew better. They’re learning that despite decades of throwing increasing amounts of money at education, the results aren’t there.
Just yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported:
U.S. 15-year-olds made no progress on recent international achievement exams and fell further in the rankings, reviving a debate about America’s ability to compete in a global economy.
The results from the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which are being released on Tuesday, show that teenagers in the U.S. slipped from 25th to 31st in math since 2009; from 20th to 24th in science; and from 11th to 21st in reading, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, which gathers and analyzes the data in the U.S.
The hardest thing for a Republican to oppose is spending on the dear ones. Liberals love to frame every proposal as good for kids. Do you evil bastards really hate children too? is the question that’s implied.
That Coloradans went into the voting booth, saw goodies for kids, and said Not with my hard earned money suggests that the disgust with government, which has escalated under Obama, may be brewing a low-tax, small government revolution of the kind we haven’t seen since 1980.
Watch for it. It’s coming.