Public Wants More Stimulus

It’s become conventional wisdom on the Hill (see, e.g., Ben Nelson) that the public is opposed to additional government stimulus spending. But the latest Gallup poll says otherwise:

2010 Congressional Legislative Priorities: Stimulus Spending, Energy Regulation, Bank Regulation, Healthcare Reform Repeal 1

Obviously just because the public supports something (health care repeal, for one) doesn’t mean congress shouldn’t do it. But many members of congress—and, indeed, the White House—seem to me to be being timid in their stimulus-related political strategy out of concern that doing the right thing puts them on the wrong side of public opinion. But it doesn’t. People should write laws that involve spending government funds on hiring people to do stuff.