"Bipartisan Distrust of the Beltway"
Besides shared concerns over Syria, the NSA and IRS, grass-roots conservatives and liberals increasingly reject the conventional wisdom of their Washington betters. What increasingly matters here is not political “spin,” but the breadth of anti-Washington sentiment. After all, while most of the country continues to suffer low economic growth, the Washington area has benefitted from the expansion of federal power. The entire industry of consultants, think tanks, lawyers and related fields, no matter their supposed ideologies, has waxed while the rest of America has waned. . . .
As generational chroniclers Mike Hais and Morley Winograd point out, millennials – those born from 1983-2003 – tend to be liberal, but not strongly supportive of top-down, administrative solutions. “Millennials,” Winograd notes, “believe in solving national issues at the local, community level. They are as suspicious of large government bureaucracies as any libertarian but as dedicated to economic equality and social justice as any liberal.”
And there's this from "No Good Options for Obama":
No matter how you look at it, the president's in a tough spot. Given the bumbling tactical mistakes of Congressional Republicans, how did the president end up in this situation?
The central reason is that the American people aren't interested in buying what he wants to sell. In the iPad era, people's lives are decentralizing and services are becoming more customized. Community solutions are being found closer to home. Giving more power to a-one-size-fits-all federal government is out of synch with that reality.
As I've noted before, even when government seems preferable to the market, we should always ask why should the goverment chosen be the federal government?