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What will America decide in 2012?

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Mike Brownfield - Heritage Libertad

As the rest of the nation watched, Iowa’s caucus helped frame the debate for this presidential election year.
And as the voters speak, others are weighing in on what they believe is the best direction for America’s government and policy in 2012 and beyond. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/01/opinion/sunday/as-good-as-it-gets-for-the-economy.html?_r=1&emc=eta1 The New York Times editorial page was one of those voices, yet again carrying the torch of the liberal, progressive movement. The Times revealed its dismal view of America and a call for more of the same policies that have left the country in an economic quagmire. “The way to revive sustainable growth is with more government aid to help create jobs, support demand and prevent foreclosures,” the Times writes. “As things stand now, however, Washington will provide less help, not more, in 2012.”

What the “Old Gray Lady” is referring to, of course, is push back from conservatives who do not see “more government” as the ultimate solution to America’s problems. Instead, conservatives see the years of liberal big government policies, increased spending, growing deficits, and sprawling regulations as the root of America’s problems–and a contributing cause to continually high unemployment and economic stagnation. And when you ask voters what they think the government should do to solve the nation’s economic problems, they overwhelmingly fall in the “less is more” camp.

A recent poll directed by http://blog.heritage.org/2011/12/27/how-would-americans-help-economy-less-government/ Rasmussen reported that “Among all voters, 77% want the government to cut deficits, 71% think the government should cut spending, and 59% want the government to cut taxes.” And as http://blog.heritage.org/2011/12/29/voters-in-iowa-new-hampshire-say-federal-budget-deficit-is-no-1-issue/" Heritage’s Rob Bluey reports, new polling data shows that voters in Iowa and New Hampshire overwhelmingly believe the http://www.heritage.org/issues/budget-and-spending federal budget deficit is the most important economic issue facing the United States today.

The Times‘ message is worth noting not for the sake of amplification, but for examination. Theirs is the message the left will be carrying in 2012, from the halls of Congress to Main Street America. Thankfully, there is another policy direction America can take. In HYPERLINK http://www.candidatebriefing.com/ “Issues 2012: The Candidates Briefing Book,” The Heritage Foundation lays out key issues and policy recommendations for candidates seeking elective office.
On the issue of http://www.candidatebriefing.com/budget-and-spending/ budget and spending — which is one of the many on top of voters’ minds ...
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