Voters believe Washington needs to stop spending money it doesn’t have, and their frustration doesn’t end there. According to Resurgent Republic’s most recent survey, voters say the economy (61 percent) and the federal government’s finances (67 percent) have gotten worse on President Obama’s watch. Overall, 70 percent of voters say the country is on the wrong track, including 77 percent of Independents.

Voters are looking for solutions that are as broad sweeping, or more so, as Washington’s systemic problems. In other words, the electorate desires a remedy beyond curtailing government cuff links and swag, and that is one reason why they believe passing a balanced budget amendment is a good idea. It’s a serious reform that strengthens the economy and reins in reckless spending and debt.

As tough economic times continue, more families are forced to make due with less. They simply have no other choice. On the other hand, they look at Washington from afar and see those in control playing by a different set of rules. Quite frankly, it’s hard to say they’re wrong.

During the debt ceiling debate, Mr. Obama argued for a “balanced approach” of raising the debt limit without any spending cuts. According to Resurgent Republic polling at the time, nearly 9 in 10 voters rejected this governing philosophy, and ultimately Congress followed suit.

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