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The Secret Sauce of Politics

Most Americans want a government that works, not an ever-expanding Leviathan that can’t sit still.

7:50 AM, Jun 17, 2010 • By GARY ANDRES
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Something fundamentally changed since 2008.  With some exceptions, many Americans preferred a world where the gory details of Washington politics and public policy remained more distant from daily lives.

Yet over the last two years, Washington transformed into a hotbed of new policies, programs and initiatives, bringing government activities and political bargaining closer than ever before.  Any citizen watching developments in federal spending and debt, health care, student loans, energy, and the financial services sees federal activity growing like a thunderhead. 

Washington now finds policies to “fix” every problem; it uses crises and villains to leverage more ambitious goals.

The president again on Tuesday night used the BP disaster to promote his broader agenda. 

For many, it looks like Obama and his party needs political Ritalin.

Most Americans want a government that works, not an ever-expanding Leviathan that can’t sit still.

A hyperactive federal government is the magic topping that could produce a very unsavory election night for Democrats in November.

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