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    Americans' Belief That Goverment Is Too Powerful at Record Levels



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    Six in 10 Americans (60%) believe the federal government has too much power, one percentage point above the previous high recorded in September 2010. At least half of Americans since 2005 have said the government has too much power. Thirty-two percent now say the government has the right amount of power. Few say it has too little power.
    http://www.gallup.com/poll/164591/am...ord-level.aspx





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    Too many anarchists and conspiracy theorists in the country.
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    I think that the real question should be why is Big Business allowed to run the entire country? Yes, the government has a lot of power, but the problem is that the men who make the decisions in government are bought and paid for by Corporations and Special Interest Groups. They make decisions that will ultimately fatten the bank accounts of the super wealthy and they do this by stealing from the taxpayers. Big Business dictates Foreign Policy, and the wars that are still going on have NOTHING to do with the safety or security of citizens here in the US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gofins60 View Post
    I think that the real question should be why is Big Business allowed to run the entire country? Yes, the government has a lot of power, but the problem is that the men who make the decisions in government are bought and paid for by Corporations and Special Interest Groups. They make decisions that will ultimately fatten the bank accounts of the super wealthy and they do this by stealing from the taxpayers. Big Business dictates Foreign Policy, and the wars that are still going on have NOTHING to do with the safety or security of citizens here in the US.
    Because this country is a fascist oligarchy. If we had an actual free market, certain companies wouldn't be able to write the rules and regulations that stifle their competitors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphins9954 View Post
    Too many anarchists and conspiracy theorists in the country.
    Maybe, but I can assure you that there are a lot of people like me who truly believe in states rights and personal freedom and responsibility. I also have held these beliefs for many years before they became slogans and catchwords for the current Republican Party. You won't miss those freedoms, most likely, until it is way too late. Ask people from Nazi Europe in the thirties, Russia under the Communists, and other places where peoples rights were stifled and ask them how the slippery slope to despotism begins.
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    http://www.gallup.com/poll/164591/am...ord-level.aspx
    I can't believe that there are 7% of the people (about 10-15 million?) that believe that the government doesn't have enough power. That is shocking to me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy View Post
    Maybe, but I can assure you that there are a lot of people like me who truly believe in states rights and personal freedom and responsibility. I also have held these beliefs for many years before they became slogans and catchwords for the current Republican Party. You won't miss those freedoms, most likely, until it is way too late. Ask people from Nazi Europe in the thirties, Russia under the Communists, and other places where peoples rights were stifled and ask them how the slippery slope to despotism begins.
    The fact that you show examples from different ideologies and political affiliation shows that it is not a government problem but a problem of the people letting it happen.

    Granting individual States more power than Federal laws is actually counter productive to freedom and responsibilities because you enable the States the right to make laws which may include religious believe, maybe some slavery etc. Your politicians will be as corrupt as they are on the Federal level (they already are) and will create laws which will differ from State to State thus making the USA as a country obsolete.
    Unfortunately for you and other dreamers of the 'personal responsibility and freedom' when you live in a community with many individuals the individual rights have to take a back seat to the greater good of the community. Otherwise you live in anarchy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phins_4_ever View Post
    The fact that you show examples from different ideologies and political affiliation shows that it is not a government problem but a problem of the people letting it happen.

    Granting individual States more power than Federal laws is actually counter productive to freedom and responsibilities because you enable the States the right to make laws which may include religious believe, maybe some slavery etc. Your politicians will be as corrupt as they are on the Federal level (they already are) and will create laws which will differ from State to State thus making the USA as a country obsolete.
    Unfortunately for you and other dreamers of the 'personal responsibility and freedom' when you live in a community with many individuals the individual rights have to take a back seat to the greater good of the community. Otherwise you live in anarchy.
    Phins, I love you man, I really do but you are so off base with this. This mindset ensures that the big urban centers dictate everything to everyone else "for the greater good." That is very Socialist/Communist thinking and is completely contrary to everything this country was founded upon. Our government and constitution were established to ensure that individual rights would be recognized and that specific rights and responsibilities would be designated for each level of government. Guaranteeing states rights were paramount to the ratification of the constitution...you have to remember that we started out as separate colonies with no central government. Don't lose sight of who we are, where we came from, or why we do things the way we do them...there is probably a reason the forefathers set it up that way.

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