November 24, 2015

Milton Friedman PERFECTLY Explains How Government Works

 From Robert Gehl:
Almost half of all Americans believe the federal government poses an immediate threat to the citizens – and the numbers are rising.
Back in 2003 – just two years after 9/11, only three in ten felt the government was an immediate threat.

The Gallup poll, conducted about two weeks ago, show a gradual rise in the percentage of Americans who see the federal government as a threat.
Interestingly, their stance on how dangerous the federal government is depends on whether the President shares their political party.
 When George W. Bush was in office, anywhere from 47 to 59 percent of Democrats viewed the federal government as a threat. That number dropped into the mid 20s to low 30s with the election of President Obama.
On the other hand, only about 25 to 30 percent of Republicans saw the feds as a threat when President Bush was in office and that number rose to the mid 60s with President Obama’s inauguration.
When asked which specific issues made the federal government a threat, most Americans thought there were too many laws and too many violations of our Constitutional rights.

Gallup suggests that while this outcome – almost half of Americans mistrust the government – we shouldn’t be too worried.

First, the fact that Democrats and Republicans have flipped in their probability of holding these views when the administration changed in 2009 shows that these attitudes reflect more of a response to the president and disagreement with his policies than a fundamental feeling about the federal government in general.
Second, the explanations offered by those who hold this view reveal more traditional or political types of complaints about things the government is doing, rather than more radical beliefs about the government using power or force against its citizens.
The poll’s margin of error is plus-or-minus four points.

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