Want to understand why we live in such politically polarized times?
In the new NBC-Wall Street Journal national poll is a question that explains the partisan rift as simply and as well as we have seen. Respondents were asked to decide which of two statements better represented their own views. The first statement was that "government should do more to solve problems and help meet the needs of people." The second was "government is doing too many things better left to business and individuals."
President Obama’s recent remark about business owners needing the government’s help is starting to gain traction on the campaign trail.
“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that,” Obama said Friday, referring to the government-funded tools that entrepreneurs have at their disposal.
The remark didn’t catch on initially, but Republicans anxious to move past Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital controversy and whether he will or won’t release his tax returns have increasingly fixated on the remark as Case Study No. 1 when it comes to Obama’s big-government philosophy.
And it just might work.