A lot of pundits, commentators and politicians are expressing amazement at the scope of ambition revealed by President Obama’s budget proposal. And for good reason.
However, they’re also expressing doubt that he can pull it all off, also for good reason. But I was struck by some numbers I ran across yesterday while researching health care issues and public support for reform.
In a nationwide poll conducted earlier this month by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 46 percent of Americans said they had a great deal of confidence in Obama’s leadership in health care reform. Only 23 percent said they had a great deal of confidence in congressional Democrats to lead that reform; 21 percent said they had a great deal of confidence in professional groups such as the American Medical Association; only 12 percent had a great deal of confidence in labor unions.
And congressional Republicans?
Numbers like that give Obama a lot of running room.