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Americans are losing trust
in government

USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

Original Article

Posted By:PageTurner, 2/12/2013 1:09:21 PM

A government limited to few things can probably do those things well, and thus it´s likely to be trusted. A government that tries to do many things, might do them badly, and be less highly regarded. Last week, I noted that Americans are losing confidence in their government: According to a new Pew poll, more than half see it as a threat to their freedom. That´s a troubling number. But why have things gotten so bad? Well, perhaps it´s because government actually has become a bigger threat to freedom. There´s plenty of support for that notion,

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Yep. Reynolds makes good points.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 2/12/2013 1:14:44 PM     (No. 9172300)

The only thing we have to fear is our goobernment itself!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: msliberty1937, 2/12/2013 1:15:00 PM     (No. 9172301)

"Americans are losing trust in government." No offense, Glenn Harlan, but where you been??

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Reply 3 - Posted by: wsdiego, 2/12/2013 1:20:05 PM     (No. 9172321)

What do you mean Losing? That was the last 4 yrs!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lylacat, 2/12/2013 1:20:34 PM     (No. 9172323)

How can you trust a government who has not passed a budget in four years and continues to spend at an unsustainable rate? Other countries have stopped buying our debt, as they no longer believe we can pay them back, so 0bama and company just keep printing $83 Billion Dollars a month to buy our own securities. This massive printing of dollars drives up the price of everything, and it also makes your savings worth much less. This administration lies about the unemployment which is over 15%, and massive increases are seen in people getting disability, welfare, food stamps and every other government freebie programs. The people getting all the free stuff are happy, but the rest of us have lost trust in our government.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 2/12/2013 1:25:55 PM     (No. 9172335)

Trust is a two way street. The governemnt no longer trust us to live our lives so the Government is not trust worthy.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MindMadeUp, 2/12/2013 1:26:31 PM     (No. 9172337)

Libs blame "guns" for violence, rather than the people doing the shooting. But conservatives make the mistake of blaming "government" for our problems. It´s not the government; we have the best form of government in history. The problem is that our government has been taken over by a gang of corrupt fools. That´s who we don´t trust.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: markinalpine, 2/12/2013 1:27:00 PM     (No. 9172339)

Increasingly we are hearing about armed government SWAT teams invading peoples homes to enforce some regulation, not to mention the Feds at many agencies stockpiling weapons and ammunition.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mitzi, 2/12/2013 1:28:05 PM     (No. 9172342)

Loosing? I lost it a long time ago!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: hicksvillekid59, 2/12/2013 1:32:18 PM     (No. 9172354)

You need a Pew poll for this?

You haven´t been paying attention.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: thelmalou, 2/12/2013 1:37:11 PM     (No. 9172367)

Losing? Also, I love Prof. Reynolds and his lovely wife Helen, as well.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: smcchk, 2/12/2013 1:42:07 PM     (No. 9172385)

Professor Reynolds explains the situation; it´s not a surprise to him. Now, if he can explain why Americans keep voting for the very thing they dislike, we will all be better off. The last campaign was based on fear, fear of Gov. Romney. Ridiculous but it worked.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 2/12/2013 1:52:49 PM     (No. 9172418)

Not the low-info voters! They trust that the govt cares about them and they willingly give up their rights, but sadly thier actions also affect my rights.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 2/12/2013 2:00:44 PM     (No. 9172434)

Go here to vote in the Fox poll, then look at the results. There´s your answer.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/02/11/how-would-rate-state-our-union/

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Reply 14 - Posted by: lydwho, 2/12/2013 2:02:19 PM     (No. 9172437)

You idiots got what you voted for!!!!!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 2/12/2013 2:23:36 PM     (No. 9172486)

Poster 4, your list is a good start. No offense, but I´d like to add my 2 cents.

Millions of Americans have also lost trust in a government that took over the healthcare system, gave auto companies to the UAW, and through regulation is engaged in an effort to destroy the oil industry. What´s more, the government (democrats) are coming after the 2nd Amendment, and obama and his lefty agents hagel and brennen pursue disarmament policies at a time when rogue countries such as iran and nk are going nuke. Not to mention, our mortal enemy, china, which is rapidly expanding its military power.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: Penney, 2/12/2013 2:23:51 PM     (No. 9172488)

Actually, government limited to the principles of the U.S. Constitution & Bill of Rights is a very good thing. -´´The proof is in the pudding,´´ throughout American history. The trouble currently is that radical statist polititians & THEIR media do not respect the principles which have undeniably secured the very Life, Liberty, Justice and Pursuit of Happiness of American citizens EQUALLY, and so these statist pols are trying to ignore the USA´s Constitutional Rule of Law, which is suppose to keep our ship of state on its course of freedom.

As evidence of beltway corruption, notice how many pols break existing Federal Immigration Law at 0bama´s speech tonight by bringing as, ´guests,´ ILLEGAL aliens. It is against the law to transport/traffic ILLEGAL aliens but the pols who legislate laws apparently no longer think that they themselves must obey them?!! mmm mmm mmm

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Reply 17 - Posted by: nonsense, 2/12/2013 3:15:05 PM     (No. 9172567)

Professor Reynolds has been part of PJ Media forever. Always enjoy his words of wisdom.

Although the study makes one wonder how the elite permanent political ruling class can clap and pat themselves on the back during the state of the disUnion speech tonight.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Sheepfarmer, 2/12/2013 3:36:31 PM     (No. 9172603)

Why the present tense in the headline? We done lost it!


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Reply 19 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 2/12/2013 3:45:15 PM     (No. 9172620)

I distrust THIS administration and am enraged that a Republican majority in the House of Representatives does not fight back in every way possible against the tyranny the Administration represents. The H of R holds the purse-strings and should use their clout.
Fund NOTHING until our debt problem is put under control. That in itself is putting every aspect of our lives in a downward spiral.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 2/12/2013 4:19:57 PM     (No. 9172677)

I don´t think the 52% LoFo voters were consulted by Glenn on this matter.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: hamrman, 2/12/2013 6:16:36 PM     (No. 9172898)

No kidding!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Old Army Vet, 2/13/2013 10:11:36 PM     (No. 9175152)

Losing trust. I´d say that was an understatement. You get what you vote for. The takers trust the government, the rest of the American public does not.

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