What we expect to happen and what actually happens are two vastly different things in today's political sphere, as all fourteen of you have no doubt noticed. We sort of expect those we send to Washington to do the simple things we would do if we were there ourselves, like make sure the economy was growing, our national defense was always strong, and our laws are equally enforced.
Is this what we see? I think not.
Anyway, here's a snippet of Scott's take as a result of his polling. He notes several artificial divides between what we commoners think versus Washington thinking...
One of the things Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate ensures is a series of polling questions over the coming months asking voters what’s more important: creating jobs or cutting government spending; helping the economy or cutting deficits; repealing the president’s health care law or focusing on the economy.
These questions reflect the way official Washington views the world, but they don’t make sense in Mainstream America. In Washington, it’s a given that more government spending is needed to help the economy. Most Americans hold the opposite view. So when you ask whether cutting spending or helping the economy is more important, the question doesn’t make sense. For most Mainstream voters, one leads to the other.
Read the whole thing, it's not very long.