The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters now hold at least a somewhat favorable opinion of Biden, including 17% with a Very Favorable view of him. Forty-four percent (44%) regard the former longtime Delaware senator unfavorably, with 23% Very Unfavorable. (To see survey question wording, click here.) Biden made news last October when he told those at a Democratic fundraiser that “every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive.” But just 18% of voters agree with Biden that every great idea in American history required government vision and government incentive. Sixty-four percent (64%) disagree that government was essential.The Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell agrees that the trading of business bashing for celebration of business helps the administration’s image.
Now that people are forgetting the socialist musing of Vice President Biden, his soft approval in poll numbers are up. We are in a flash of good feelings except for the despised Nancy Pelosi. People like the tax and stimulus deal which is bringing hope and growth to the economy. The same polling has The Speaker with positive numbers with increasing favorable ratings. The President has been at 50% for consecutive days for the first time in a year. Good feelings abound for both parties. I say don’t forget. Vice President Biden thinks every great innovation came because of government. It did not. Most innovations came because government didn’t hinder the brilliance of the free individual. The government has issued well over 7 million patents (the 8 millionth should happen in 2012) with at least 5 million coming from Americans. Now less the statists get confused, a patent is not a grant by the government of a right to develop its ingenuity. It is a registration so the free individual can protect their intellectual property by having a way to head off disputes. Government has even messed that up in recent years. Now 97% of patents cost more than they generate in revenue. Something is broken. Government is the enemy of innovation not the cause of it. Regulations are a millstone around the economy. The tax code is even worse. These guys may have toned down the rhetoric, but the attitude is behind their policies is still the same. Government is the source of all that is good. Let us not let the people forget who they really are.