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80% of Americans Don't Trust Federal Government

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According to a new poll 4 or 5 Americans don't trust the federal government:

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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.

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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:

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"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."


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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:

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"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,"

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"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.

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Well after seeing (or not seeing) the sausage making on TARP, "Stimulus" and health care reform who can blame them?


I'm sure Clinton will say these are making of violent extremists. The next wave of Tim McVeighs.

Obama will mock and belittle them.

The media will paint them as racists.
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Not only do people not trust the government, expats are turning in their passports now.

Why did Democrats think the rich would simply roll over and take it? Why would anyone simply roll over and take it?

http://www.time.com/time/world/artic...983238,00.html

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Not only do people not trust the government, expats are turning in their passports now.

Why did Democrats think the rich would simply roll over and take it? Why would anyone simply roll over and take it?

http://www.time.com/time/world/artic...983238,00.html

Boy, America can't even do taxes right!!!

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Considering that an estimated 3 million to 6 million Americans reside abroad, the number of renouncements is small. But expatriate organizations say the recent increase reflects a growing dissatisfaction with the way the U.S. government treats its expats and their money: the U.S. is the only industrialized nation that taxes its overseas citizens, subjecting them to taxation in both their country of citizenship and country of residence.

How backwards can we be!!!
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You can bet there will be many more "defections" to countries that are friendly to the wealthy in the coming years. This administration believes it can create wealth by propping up the dollar, stealing from the rich, and attempting to hypnotize the public through magical thinking.

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The huge majority of people who work for the Federal Government are decent, honest folk who are just trying to keep a roof over their heads and pay the ever spiraling bills, and deal with the ever-lowering standard of living, as do an increasing proportion of the population. But these decent honest folk in the Federal Government are not in the power positions to lord it over the people... it is the tiny minority who wield power and make the final decisions who are the ones not to trust.. they are the voice and teeth of the Federal Government, not its entire body.

When the Government's take on so many issues has been shown to be inaccurate, or fabricated, or even outright lies, as we have seen so much of in the last 8.5 years of infamy, why should we the people trust them? But our collective reaction to all the lies and abuse of power in Washington DC gives an outside observer the impression that the American people have developed some type of masochistic fetish of acceptance of abuse, just like the dysfunctional woman who always goes for the type of man who she knows is eventually going to beat her up.

We the public seem to acknowledge the abuse, but we won't do anything about, perhaps because we're all too frightened to. In 1776, the matter was successfully dealt with. There's the difference.
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