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They see $500 billion in omnibus spending.

They see a possible $1 trillion government takeover of health care.

They see a cap-and-trade bill which, according to Mr. Obama’s own Treasury Department, could cost families $1,761 a year.

They see the Wise Minds, Mr. Volcker and Mr. Buffett, on the sidelines, while more than three dozen “czars” expand government further.

And they see a 9.7 percent unemployment rate, with many states posting double digit unemployment, and the household unemployment rate standing at nearly 17 percent.

All of this spending will result in a doubling of the national debt in five years and a near quadrupling of it in 10 years. Deep national indebtedness doesn’t sit well with most Americans. Neither does this kind of epic government intervention - particularly when it seems to be retarding job creation and economic growth rather than stimulating them.

Americans want to remain free politically and economically. And yet, to paraphrase Jean-Jacques Rousseau, everywhere they are in chains.

The historically high percentage of Americans disapproving of large-scale government economic activism means trouble for Mr. Obama’s plan for health care and cap-and-trade. It also means flashing, red warning lights for Democrats running for election this year and next. The depth and breadth of the discontent can be seen in the massive marches, tea parties and town halls.

Americans see that this isn’t about merely big government. If the 2008 election were a repudiation of the Republicans’ brand of big government, then the 2010 and perhaps 2012 elections might repudiate Mr. Obama’s brand of really big government

Monica Crowley is a nationally syndicated radio host, a panelist on “The McLaughlin Group” and a Fox News contributor.

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