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This week, a USA Today/Gallup poll reported that 57 percent of those surveyed said the administration’s $787 billion spending stimulus plan was either having no effect on the economy or was making things worse. Sixty percent voiced doubts it would have any impact next year or beyond.

Nearly seven months into Mr. Obama’s presidency, the wheels seem to be coming off its agenda. The energy-tax plan is stalled in the Senate. Health care has turned into a Democratic battleground. Public confidence in Mr. Obama’s economic stimulus plan is evaporating.

The common denominators in each of these initiatives is more spending, deeper debt and increased taxes. At a time when the American people are tightening their belts, Fat City is getting fatter than ever.

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent of The Washington Times.