Poll: Americans worry — can government protect us?

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  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 6, 2014 10:27 p.m.

    wait - I thought more government is the answer. So we certainly have more government now so obviously we are much safer now ...right??? I mean the Federal govt is so darn smart they would never allow anything bad to happen here ...right? We have no need to worry folks - big brother has your back.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Oct. 6, 2014 7:37 p.m.

    They should have asked their political affiliation, and news sources as this would have revealed the source of their fear.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Oct. 6, 2014 6:41 p.m.

    Hey "A guy with a brain"

    Your list is completely inaccurate.-

    Nothing on your list is "broke."

    Do you know what is broken? . . . The ability of Right Wingers to think critically.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Oct. 6, 2014 4:40 p.m.

    Social Security? Broke.
    Medicare? Broke.
    Medicaid? Broke.
    FannieMae? Broke.
    FreddieMac? Broke.
    U.S. Post Office? Broke.
    AmTrak? Broke.
    U.S. military? Broke.
    Department of Education? Broke.
    Department of Energy? Broke.
    'Affordable' Health Care/Obamacare? Broke.

    Now, I ask you....in light of these rousing successes, I ask my fellow Americans, do you REALLY believe the Federal Government can help you?

  • David Lloyd-Jones Toronto, 00
    Oct. 6, 2014 2:15 p.m.

    bc1050 writes "We were never concerned/worried until Obama became president."

    Quite right.

    Dubya Bush, the Alfred E. Newman of Presidents, was so totally unworried that he ignored all the stuff the CIA had piled up on Bin Laden under Clinton.

    He was "never concerned/worried" until September 11 somehow caught his attention.

    Under President Obama, by contrast, the security folks are so concerned and worried that Bin Laden, well, he's not so much of a problem any more.


  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Oct. 6, 2014 12:58 p.m.

    Hey TOPDOG1 -

    “AT LEAST help the rest of us resist.”


    I am not about to help federal-government-hating, self-described “patriots,” who want to bring this nation down.

    Timmy McVeigh wannabes are a dime a dozen in this nation, but that doesn’t mean they have values to be admired or even respected in any way.

    And some of these whackos certainly do prefer to “go down fighting,” don’t they? . . . Like the Cliven-Bundy-supporting Right Wing Nuts who killed those cops in Las Vegas and then defiled their bodies with a Republican Tea Party Flag and a Swastika banner.

    People like that are a threat to the nation and should not expect sane Americans to support them in their extremism.

    Oct. 6, 2014 12:08 p.m.

    Safe ? If that is what you call being subjugated working stock to support a massive corporate police state. As for myself, I would prefer going down fighting. There are many you just can not subjugate. Benjamin Franklin quoted."Those who would give up Essential Liberty
    to purchase a little Temporary Safety,deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" Because you surrendered so easily to subjugation the rest of us must suffer the resistance. AT LEAST help the rest of us resist.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Oct. 6, 2014 11:24 a.m.

    Hey Max - "Have we EVER had a president who was so taken by surprise by virtually everything happening around him?"

    Are you saying GW Bush actually KNEW 911 was going to happen? . . . And GW knew that his ridiculous policies would create the worst financial distress for this nation since the Great Depression.

    If they did not take the Bush administration by surprise, that means GW engineered them. I disagree.

    I feel compelled to defend GW Bush in this instance.

    GW's reprehensible and disastrous knee jerk decisions that caused such devastation to this nation were not done out of malice. They were directly the result of the horrible incompetence and naïveté we should expect from Republican leadership.

    BTW Benghazi killed 4 Americans, and you call it a terrible scandal. But GW's invasion of Iraq killed well over 4 THOUSAND Americans, killed over a HUNDRED thousand Iraqis for no good reason, further destabilized the Middle East, and established ISIL. And yet you think Benghazi was worse than GW's unprovoked war on a Sovereign country.

    Doesn't that say something about the Republican's distorted sense of proportion and their inability to prioritize or even think critically?

  • bc1050 Sandy, UT
    Oct. 6, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    We were never concerned/worried until Obama became president.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Oct. 6, 2014 6:28 a.m.

    No question that the government has become less effective with ongoing tax cuts, budget cuts, and a conservative mindset that government needs to be smaller, less intrusive (meaning, less effective in solving problems)... it is a vicious, negative cycle: Government oversight gets cut, becomes less effective, and because it is less effective, it is cut some more as being ineffective, and so on...

    I was just reading how our government could have stopped Ebola virus in its tracks... but alas, people don't want a proactive government, meddling in people's lives, especially abroad. So, the virus as spread even into the United States, and so our "smaller, less-intrusive" government is now playing catch up in trying to stop a wildly-spreading threat.

    As least we have lower taxes, so someone is benefitting from all this.

  • Max Upstate, NY
    Oct. 6, 2014 6:08 a.m.

    Have we EVER had a president who was so taken by surprise by virtually everything happening around him? Benghazi took him by surprise, Russia invading Ukraine took him by surprise, the disastrous roll out of the health care law took him by surprise, ebola took him by surprise, AND ISIS (the JV team) took him by surprise (by no means is this meant to be a comprehensive list). What is our dear in-over-his-head president's response to all these surprises? Blame somebody else. The latest is his response to ISIS. He says his intelligence under estimated ISIS. But those around him who are getting tired of being thrown under the bus disagree. According to defense secretary Leon Panetta, everyone but Obama understood the risks of pulling completely out of Iraq. But Obama was too busy taking credit for ending the war, too busy lying about health insurance, too busy watching You Tube videos, and too busy golfing to understand that there much more to being president than perpetually campaigning. Government does have the power to protect us, but THIS government seems to be otherwise engaged.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Oct. 5, 2014 9:11 p.m.

    Hey DN Subscriber -

    "Ask not what your country can do for you.Ask what you can do for your country. Ask what you can do for your country."

    And you say "liberals have forgotten President Kennedy's challenge ?" Perhaps "Conservatives" should take a long look at themselves first and see how they comply.

    Kennedy was alluding specifically to the Peace Corps and Vista. How many "Conservatives" have ever joined Vista and worked with racial minorities in the ghetto? How many "Conservatives" have ever joined the Peace Corps and dug water wells in 3rd world countries? . . . Not many I bet.

    GW Bush even went so far as to reduce taxes for higher earners at the demand of his "Conservative" constituents, while Simultaneously starting two wars, to the great delight of his "Conservative" constituents.

    No other President in the history of the United States had EVER been so completely irresponsible as to reduce taxes during wartime. But GW was happy to pass the expense down to future generations.

    Greed-is-good "Conservatives" talk a lot, but generally they do NOT ask what they can do for their country.

    They just skip out on the tab and let their kids pay the bill.

  • MoNoMo Fair Oaks, CA
    Oct. 5, 2014 3:40 p.m.

    Frankly, I'm surprised we have not had more public terrorist actions in the US since 9-11.

    "Knock on wood" - we have been very fortunate and I thing, so far, the Feds have done a decent job with a few "glitches."

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 5, 2014 3:25 p.m.

    The headline reads:
    "Americans worry — can government protect us?"

    It seems the liberals have forgotten President Kennedy's challenge:
    "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

    Worse, too many Americans have forgotten how to ask "What can I do for myself without government help or meddling?

  • The Universal Curmudgeon Canada, 00
    Oct. 5, 2014 12:04 p.m.

    The poll shows what a great success the "Everyone but me is lying to you and things are only going to get worse." school of commercially oriented panic mongering is having.

    For example, you hear a lot about "police being killed on duty" but you don't hear much about the fact that there are (at least) thirty major American cities where just living in that place puts you at a higher risk (based on "incidents per 100,000 of population") of being murdered than the national average risk for a police officer to be killed on duty.

    Of course police departments have large amounts of money to spend and individuals (generally) don't.