by Michael Medved, Town Hall.com
In our darker moments, dispirited conservatives nurse the paralyzing nightmare that the election of Barack Obama brought with it a profound change in public attitudes toward big government. For the last few months, major media outlets and the Democratic establishment have heralded just such a tectonic shift. In one typical headline, on the very day (April 15) that millions protested the expansion of federal power with coast-to-coast “tea parties,” USA TODAY ran the front page headline: “Most Americans OK with Big Government – for now.”
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Nevertheless, closer examination of the poll that inspired that article, in addition to other recent surveys, suggests most of our fellow citizens remain more fearful than reassured at the prospect of growing government power and spending.