Rasmussen is on a roll lately, the latest poll showing that by a 2 to 1 margin, American’s think that the Cap and Trade legislation will hurt the economy. Way to go Congressional Democrats (and those six turn-coat traitors that voted for it). This is another reason that the Senate will never even vote on this bill, much less pass it. From Ras:

Americans have mixed feelings about the climate change bill now before the Senate that will have a major impact on U.S. energy use. Forty-two percent (42%) say it will hurt the U.S. economy, while 19% say it will help.

Also from the same survery:

Just 18% of adults think it’s the government’s job to tell Americans what kind of light bulb they use, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Seventy-two percent (72%) say it’s none of the government’s business, and 10% are not sure.

That’s a lot of folks who don’t want the government deciding what kind of light-bulb to use. Ultimately, it’s not about the light-bulbs, but what they represent. They represent government reaching their filthy claws into the very heart of your house and personal life. Every day we interact with light-bulbs, we know them intimately, we like them. However, we don’t want the government or anyone telling us what kind of light-bulbs have to use. We don’t want them telling us what kind of laundry detergent or flat-screen televisions we buy. Basically, most American’s don’t have much faith in the government at all. That is why when you post a general question like “Are you for or against cap and trade” you still have a bunch of people who don’t know, although it’s nice to see that such a large plurality is against it. Most people don’t understand what cap and trade really is.

However, when you ask them, “Do you want the government to tell you what light bulbs you have to use” nearly 3/4s of American’s are like “Hell no!” This is what the GOP must do to regain any kind of leadership, they have to become the party of personal liberty again. By championing this cause, and by teaching people what personal liberty is, the GOP can find that connection that knows no race, no gender or religion. That connection is, we all think the government is full of bureaucrats and bumbling idiots. We have no faith that they know any better then we do how to do things. We all realize that, at some level, government makes things worse, the more they try to make it better. I can only quote what Ronald Reagan said in this respect:

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden.

Amen Ronald, amen.

Here is a video of Reagan’s speech: