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  • Americans Believe Government Does Too Much Already


    Proving once again that despite the results of the 2008 presidential election, Americans still believe in limited government principles, Gallup released a survey today showing that 57% of Americans say the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to businesses and individuals. Gallup notes:

    The 57% level of public concern about big government in this survey is, among other things, coincident with an extensively increased government involvement in the economy, and the extensive focus on a large-scale government effort to reform health care that was underway as this survey was being conducted.

    Gallup also found that 45% of Americans say there is too much government regulation of business compared to just 24% of Americans who say there is too little. Gallup adds:

    As seen in the accompanying graph, the 45% “too much” reading is the highest of the decade and is higher than the one Gallup reading prior to this decade, in March 1993. However, a March 1981 Los Angeles Times poll using this question wording recorded a 54% “too much” level. This was just after Ronald Reagan took office, and may have reflected Reagan’s emphasis during the 1980 presidential campaign on the need to reduce government involvement in American society.

    And these numbers are before the Obama adminstration and Congress force every American to buy health insurance, a mandate that President Obama HHS nominee Dr. Sherry Glied said “may require a degree of intrusiveness and bureaucracy that some will find unpalatable.” Indeed, the Baucus plan would:

    require individuals, health insurers, employers, and government health agencies to report detailed health insurance information on all Americans to the IRS, adding significant administrative costs and reducing privacy protections. The IRS would also be required to report personal income data to state exchanges, insurance companies, and employers, because premium credits and out-of-pocket limits would depend on income.

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    16 Responses to Americans Believe Government Does Too Much Already

    1. Dave, Laguna Niguel says:

      We now have an administration set on IMPOSING their will on the American people, an administration which believes "retention of their power and control over the AMERICAN PEOPLE" is more important than our ECONOMY which effects EVERYONE regardless of COLOR! Their goal is to nationalize(or socialize, as Maxine Waters says!)every American business, thereby ALL INCOME goes to and then FROM the STATE! You will get exactly what everyone else gets, per OBAMA's ECONOMIC JUSTICE! And it does not matter if you are a HOLLYWOOD ELITE or a member of the state-controlled-unionized-media(S.C.U.M.). Americans are fed everything but the "TRUTH" on a daily basis.

    2. Bobbie Jay says:

      I couldn't agree more, Dave.

      Although to suggest EVERY American buys health insurance, are "just words" of appeasement. He'll have those he sees as entitled on a different scale. Different expectations, while the innocent he sees to punish, pays their way.

    3. Tee, Corvallis Monta says:

      It occurred to me that "we the people" could follow the lead of our government and use a "back door" to get term limits established at a federal level. Since they won't set term limits on themselves, would it be possible for individual states to set term limits on their federal senators and representatives by initiating some sort of state legislation or statewide voter referendum that limits the number of times an individual can run for a federal office for each state? Just curious if that would be something "we the people" could petition to have put on a nation wide ballot.

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    5. Sandy Logsdon Dallas says:

      Wow, WE THE PEOPLE – we certainly don't hear that often anymore. It is "WE THE PEOPLE" that need to take our country back. I am not racist and I am getting sick and tired of everything, including questioning our government, as racist just because we have a black president. We need to get back to basics and, WE THE PEOPLE, need to stand up for ourselves and our country and let the government know they don't run our lives. We are a smart people and can choose our own Healthcare, our own colleges, our own job, how we want to live our lives, etc. I do feel we have to provide for individuals that cannot but the system is broken and the fix that we need is not to have government force things down our throat. We need individuals in government that know how to fix the Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security we already have in place instead of creating a whole new set of problems. We need to control our borders and I am sorry that other countries do not have the same rights and liberties as we used to and that their economy suffers but it is time that the USA stand up for our people not everyone elses. We worry so much about Africa's problem with Aids and we stop worrying about the sick here. We worry about other countries poverty when ours is suffering. We cannot even take care of our own but we will sure take care of others. WE THE PEOPLE need to wake up and smell the coffee and fix our country. God Bless America.

    6. Bill, Kansas City, M says:


      No, individual states cannot set term limits for the members of Congress. It was tried in Missouri and to no one's surprise, it was struck down by the federal courts.

    7. Jeanne Stotler, wood says:

      I fully agree with Sandy, I said before we need to all make copies of the "BIll of Rights" and "Constitution" and mail them to our senators and Represenatives and ASK them to READ them. It is not a requirement to have read either to run or to be sworn in as such, don't you think it should be?? MAybe if they recieve hundreds of these that they might get the message and govern by them.

    8. Tim Az says:

      Here's what we're up against. Liberal Aperson who is so convinced of his own incompetence and inadequacy that he has given up all hope of succeeding on his own strength of character, vision and labor and therefore looks to the government to take care of him, dress him, feed him, and wipe his nose. On our current heading maybe the only way left to convert those that can be converted is to allow liberal government to exert its full measure of cruelty upon those who choose to depend upon liberal government Its an extremely dangerous option that I don't really think I could stomach. It is much safer an effective to give them a taste of what one can obtain in a free society through their own works.

    9. Jennings Waddell, Co says:

      I think,no they working hard to turning our great

      country into a communist nation, the american people are waking up I just hope it not to late, the american people put him in there, he could not

      have been elect without their vote, a lot the

      american people wanted it give to them & without

      having to work for it. when we lose our freedom

      to choose our health care, or to choose anything,

      government telling them where to work & what pay they will receive, it will be to late. it took Russian Ninthy years to get rid of the communist

      Government.WAKE UP AMERICANS

    10. Jerry from Chicago says:

      There are many us that hold traditional beliefs and values, including that our federal government operate within the limits set by our Constitution. We understand that we must pay taxes to support the government functions we expect such as national security, maintenance of an infrastructure and development of regulatory agencies to regulate interstate commerce and protect the general population.

      There are others who see government's role as far more "nurturing" and the source and supplier of the needs of ALL people of the world, not just US citizens. And to pay for all this nurturing of all peoples in the world, our government must seize control of all the resources of all the people and, in their wisdom, distibute such resources "equitably".

      I believe the approach favored by the "nurturers" has been tried in different places in the world several times and has never really worked very well. Despite these failures, the "nurturers" continue to press for their utopia.

      I feel that everyone has a right to believe what they want and to have what they want, IF THEY CAN PAY FOR IT THEMSELVES. If the "nurturers" want to improve the lot in life of every person on earth, I invite them to do so and will give them my blessing, so long as they pay for it out of their own pockets, not mine.

    11. Ross writes from Bra says:

      The only thing I want the federal government to do for me, is what the constitution allows; one, guard the shores; two, deliver the mail; and three, keep the hell out of my life! The more, the better.

    12. ChuckL, NV says:

      The Constitution says it all. The Federal Government is allowed to do what it has the power to do as enumerated in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. The Ninth and Tenth Amendments clearly give all other powers to the States and to the people.

      The use of the "interstate commerce" clause is a false application of the American English language.

      "interstate commerce in"ter*state` com"merce, n.

      Commerce that involves transportation of articles of commerce

      across state lines. [U.S.]"

      As you can see from the dictionary definition, for it to be interstate, the goods must move across state lines.

      Perhaps a degree in American English circa 1800 A.D. should be required for any Justice of the Supreme Court.

      The inclusion of intrastate commerce under laws based on interstate commerce is clearly WRONG as is shown in the definition of "intrastate".


      adj : relating to or existing within the boundaries of a state;

      "intrastate as well as interstate commerce" [ant: interstate]"

      Note that the antonym of intrastate is interstate. It is an either/or case. It can not be both. Clearly goods in interstate commerce, upon reaching their final sales point become items in intrastate commerce.

    13. ChuckL, NV says:

      "Throughout his presidential campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama promised the American people: “If you’re a family that’s making $250,000 a year or less, you will see no increase in your taxes.” As President, Barack Obama reiterated that pledge, promising the American people in his September 9th health care press conference: “The middle-class will realize greater security, not higher taxes.” But as ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos pointed out to the President this weekend, Obama will break his promise to the American people if he signs a health care bill that includes an individual or employer mandate."

      Please note that BHO did not say "personal" taxes. He included all taxes. That would also include the hidden taxes that businesses are required to collect, and which they pass on to their customers. These include "inventory" taxes, "sales" taxes, "wage" taxes, "benefit" taxes, and any other tax that is part of the "cost of doing business".

      This includes the so called "Cap & Trade" cost increases, cost increases in energy costs caused by refusal to utilize our own resources in the idiotic belief that the petroleum from the middle east somehow is less polluting than the petroleum from our own wells would be.

      ALL of these unnecessary cost increases are TAX INCREASES placed upon the American Citizen.

    14. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      We must eliminate the career politician. This will take the greatest grass roots movement in history, as the crooks that have decided we are irrelevant have all the money and media on their side, we must do it in the face of tremendous opposition. They all, democrat and republican, will join forces against any honest challenger. Everybody needs to find a person they know and trust to run against the career politician who represents them , and get behind him heart and soul, and defeat the crook. Party is meaningless, honesty is all. Start now spread this idea to every patriot you know. If we fail to take ever seat in 2012 we are doomed. you see what they are doing, and this is just the start.

    15. Earl, Queens, NY says:

      To: Tee of Montana….Bill of Kansas City is right. The same thing happened when I lived in Florida back in the 1990s. Although the federal courts ruled it was okay to limit terms for state and local officials, they struck down the term limits for Congress section. The ruling was that there would have to be an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to have term limits for Congress. Of course, I’m not a fan of term limits. On one hand it’s good; i.e., if politicians had to go back to the life we live everyday, they’d think twice before passing lousy bills such as this health care raw deal (and exempting themselves from such oppressive laws!!). On the other hand, it was term limits that kept Jeb Bush from another term and thus he was replaced with the more liberal republican Charlie Christ. Likewise here in New York. Rudy Giuliani was unable to run for a third term, thus we now have Mike Bloomberg. Giuliani was a far better mayor than Bloomberg. And as you probably know, Bloomberg is now thumbing his nose at the (term limits) law by running for a 3rd term!! It’s also a pity that Ronald Reagan could not run for a third term. He probably would’ve been better than Bush Sr., who cowered to the liberals, and gave us the election of Bill Clinton. Overall, the problem is not how long a politician serves. It is that too many of them are just too liberal. What good are term limits if leftists (Pelosi, Barney Frank and many others) will be replaced with other leftists?

    16. dan miller illinoise says:

      the american ppl have for a long time been misled by the gov.and the powers that be.just like everything eles after been done for so long ppl accpect it as it becomes habit not knowing any better believeing everything told is truth.i think the american ppl are starting to wise up but are not able to do anything about it in fear of being locked up chargeing them with terrorism or treason. sorry for my writeing errors

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