According to a new poll
4 or 5 Americans don't trust the federal government:
Public confidence in government is at one of the lowest points in a half century, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center. Nearly 8 in 10 Americans say they don't trust the federal government and have little faith it can solve America's ills, the survey found.
Nearly half say the government negatively affects their daily lives, a sentiment that's grown over the past dozen years.
Extreme right wing conservatives like Cindy Wanto are kinda ticked off:
"The government's been lying to people for years. Politicians make promises to get elected, and when they get elected, they don't follow through," says Cindy Wanto, 57, a registered Democrat from Nemacolin, Pa., who joined several thousand for a rally in Washington on April 15 — the tax filing deadline. "There's too much government in my business. It was a problem before Obama, but he's certainly not helping fix it."
Majorities in the survey call Washington too big and too powerful, and say it's interfering too much in state and local matters.
The Washington Post
and The Atlantic
have some initial commentary and analysis.
No doubt related to this latest revelation and how the Tea Party folks might actually be a leading indicator, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner decided to get high on crack and give an interview
to "Meet the Press" and say things like:
"We've just been through eight years where many people said deficits don't matter. We can pass huge tax cuts, pass huge new programs without paying for them. That debate has changed fundamentally,"
"You don't hear people say anymore deficits don't matter. You don't hear people saying we can pass enormous expansions in government without paying for it. That's an important change."
Undoubtedly to simultaneously demonstrate the administration's intelligence as well as its firm grasp of reality.
I do think that Mr. Geithner statement above ("You don't hear people say
anymore deficits don't matter. You don't hear people saying
we can pass enormous expansions in government without paying for it. That's an important change.
") provides another glimpse into the mindset of this administration in which words
are more important than actual actions