In Government We Mistrust (The Obama Folly)

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    09/02/2011
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    The Wall Street Journal


    One animating theme of Barack Obama's campaign and early Presidency was that he would repair government's post-Reagan reputation, expanding its role in American life so voters would turn once again to Democrats as the party of government, as they did in 1964 and the 1930s. So how's that working out?


    Not so well, judging by a remarkable Gallup poll this week that asked the public about its views of government and various businesses. The federal government dropped to its lowest approval levels ever. Only 17% were positive, 63% negative, for a net approval rating of minus-46%. Government never ranks well, but for the first time since Gallup began asking in 2003 it fell to last place—below even the oil and gas industry, which netted minus-44% approval.

    . . . Liberals claimed one political age was giving way to another of activist government, with the Reagan era as the aberration. "For the first time since the Johnson Administration," George Packer wrote in the New Yorker, "the idea that government should take bold action to create equal opportunity for all citizens doesn't have to explain itself in a defensive mumble. That idea is ascendant in 2008 because it answers the times."

    So why have the times apparently changed again, and so fast? The public's falling confidence in government is no doubt partly due to the economy and joblessness, and some of it, too, to the debt-ceiling fracas. But it also reflects the historical pattern of modern American politics: Every time Democrats attempt to govern the country from the ideological left, they damage government's reputation and status.

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    Hello, I'm Obama. I'm from the government, and I'm of no use to you at all.

    Stick a fork in me. I'm done.

    :lol:
     
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    Each generation has to have a Jimmy Carter--to wake up the masse's--unfortunately. I knew exactly what and who Barack Obama was the moment he was caught unaware that a video camera was taping him--in his comment to Joe the Plumber.--SOCIALIST and that is exactly what he is.

    This is the most anti-business administration in over 100 years. If they're not over regulating business out of business--then they're suing them.

    "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."Winston Churchill


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    When things are turning to shit, the gov't gets the blame. And they deserve it too, poor policy decisions and poor management over the entire decade and even prior to that have lead up to the current situation. Which actually is at least partly our fault for not being more informed, more involved, and holding them accountable for not doing a good job.
     
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    Yeah FDR knew HOW to organize a near-slave labor work camp..

    A good "classical liberal" like yourself should realize that what went wrong in the Classic Liberal camp was the loss of fundamental skepticism about yielding personal soveignty to a powerful govt. I'm 100% certain that all these lefties have lost any sense of self-preservation when it comes to hiding under the govt skirts. Like domesticated livestock running to the pickup truck..

    You almost feel like reaching out and saving them from themselves --- dontcha? :tongue:
     

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