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Recent polls show Americans' distrust of government

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  • jrgl CEDAR CITY, UT
    Dec. 30, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    "76% of Americans have a favorable view of banks"? They must be kidding! There's been so many shenanigans in recent years starting with TARP funds & too big too fail that this poll has to be distrusted!

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Dec. 30, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    The anger should be directed towards Congress. Those are the folks ultimately responsible for government policies. The President signs bills into law, but Congress creates them. The housing bubble, skyrocketing costs for healthcare and education, lack of financial regulation, massive debt from unjust foreign wars, blame Congress. All they care about is get elected, get rich, get reelected... rinse and repeat... and some of them have been doing it for 30+ years.

    What gains has the middle class made in the last 30 years? None. The little money we make is almost completely eaten up by the ever increasing cost of necessities. When adjusted for inflation the middle class hasn't had a raise since the days of Reagan.

    Want to see change, and I mean real change, in the way America works? Forget the guy in the White House and give the boot to some of the career politicians in Congress.

    John Dingell: serving since 1955!
    Daniel Inouye: serving since 1963
    John Conyers: serving since 1965
    Charles B. Rangel: serving since 1971
    Bill Young: serving since 1971
    Pete Stark: serving since 1973
    Don Young: serving since 1973
    Patrick Leahy: serving since 1975
    Max Baucus: serving since 1975
    Chuck Grassley: serving since 1975
    Tom Harkin: serving since 1975
    George Miller: serving since 1975
    Henry Waxman: serving since 1975
    Thad Cochran: serving since 1978

    These people have been in office longer than I've been alive. Isn't that long enough?

  • cowshed Provo, Utah
    Dec. 30, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    After the debacle of the past few years, in which our President and Congress have completely failed to come to grips with any the major problems facing our country, or even to pass a budget, is it any wonder that Americans mistrust the federal government?

    Maybe if all incumbents were defeated and sent home, their replacements would get the message that Americans expect them to do the job they were sent to Washington to do, rather than simply trying to feather their own nests.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 30, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    @mountainman
    Really? when exactly did Obama redistribute wealth? maybe you where thinking of when he signed the extension of tax breaks for the rich to continue to redistribute the wealth upwards towards the 1%?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Dec. 30, 2011 2:04 p.m.

    "Americans do not think the prioroty of the federal government should be to redistribute wealth". But, but, that's Obama's only success!