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Deficit Of Trust In Government

During his State of the Union address, President Obama spoke of the nation suffering from a “deficit of trust” in government.

He’s right.  There is a large and growing deficit of trust in government.  That’s why health care is in trouble.

Obama’s also a big part of that reason.  He’s made some claims that a majority of Americans simply don’t think are true. For instance:

The president in the speech declared that his administration has cut taxes for 95% of Americans. He even chided Republicans for not applauding on that point. However, just 21% of voters nationwide believe that taxes have been cut for 95% of Americans. Most (53%) say it has not happened, and 26% are not sure. Other polling shows that nearly half the nation’s voters expect their own taxes to go up during the Obama years.

Despite what most politicians think, people are not idiots. They’ve watched what Washington has done in terms of spending and spending and spending, and they know someone has to pay for that. They also know the “rich” can’t possibly do that alone and that corporations really don’t pay taxes, they instead collect them. And finally, they understand when they’re being spun. While there may not be an increase in their income taxes this year, they’re seeing all sorts of proposals about new or increased taxes they’ll be paying outside of income taxes. They understand those impose a tax on them that is just as costly as an income tax in terms of their priorities vs. government’s. So the 95% rhetoric was most likely rejected by a good portion of the population as he said it, and another portion has come to realize it was just spin. Result – a deficit of trust in government. And for a good reason.

Then there’s this:

The president also asserted that “after two years of recession, the economy is growing again.” Just 35% of voters believe that statement is true, while 50% say it is false.

Governments and agencies can declare “the economy is growing again” until they turn blue, but until Joe Sixpack sees his lot improve economically, that’s just so much spin as far as he’s concerned. That’s what this number most likely reflects. While the numbers may look good at NEBR, the only number the voters care about are the one’s which directly effect his or her life – and at the moment, most of them are waving the BS flag. For them the recession isn’t over and the economy isn’t growing again until they’re materially benefiting from it. Hearing all this happy talk from government while experiencing 10% unemployment and very tough times equals a “deficit of trust”.

Obama claimed that steps taken by his team are responsible for putting two million people to work “who would otherwise be unemployed.” Just 27% of voters say that statement is true. Fifty-one percent (51%) say it’s false.

I don’t think it takes a political junkie to figure out who make up the 27% that believe this claim. This number is not only highly suspect, there have been a number of stories written about false job reports, stimulus funds to nonexistent congressional districts and zip codes that don’t exist. And we were told that “Sheriff Joe Biden” would be the one monitoring all this and ensuring the funds were spent properly to create jobs. If you can’t get the Congressional districts or zip codes right and don’t know where those funds went, why would anyone believe the job numbers that were supposedly “created or saved?” Again – a deficit in trust.

Personally I like the deficit in trust when it comes to government. That is both healthy and necessary as far as I’m concerned. The truth of anything a politician says, claims or promises should be taken with very skeptical grain of salt. While it is true that there was an era when the public was more accepting of government and considered it to be an ally and a “friend”, government has managed, over the years, to kill that perception (thank goodness). Now people are more readily seeing government for what it is – an intrusive, costly, ever expanding behemoth, bent on gathering more and more power and devouring our national wealth and liberty.

The fact that the public is waking up to this, as the numbers indicate, is a good sign, despite the fact that the statists claim that general skepticism and resistance (a hearkening back to our roots in freedom) makes us “ungovernable.” And perhaps it does. After all, “give me liberty or give me death” certainly smacks of someone who certainly was considered ungovernable by the rulers of his time.  Perhaps the “ungovernable’s” time, of necessity, has come again.



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18 Responses to Deficit Of Trust In Government

  • Personally, I can state categorically that I haven’t seen a dime of either “stimulus”

  • This economy seems like it is going to grow despite every effort by Obama and the Democrats to throw every conceivable sort of monkey wrench into it.

    There’s a natural gas revolution coming that should take care of the energy concerns unless the environmentalist fanatics hold it up.

    The housing mess seems to have found its bottom and will probably follow in this recovery rather than lead. Watch for exurban condo projects as a popular middle ground choice before the re-rise of the single family market. The Fannie/Freddie abyss will strike again, though, if something isn’t done to rein it in.

    Financials are mid-way between the markets and the land fills, as far as I can tell. The distressed instruments that are still out there are the global economic equivalent of land mines.

    Also, I need a new car, and I suspect that there are a lot of people who have delayed a lot of purchases. I don’t see consumers going wild, but I think that as things pick-up the delayed purchases will start to slowly send people out to buy.

    For instance, you should all buy my novel when it’s available on Amazon, soon.

    • Don’t be fooled, things might improve slightly in the near term.  But we are in some deep doo-doo.
      I predict massive increases in commodity prices no later than the third quarter this year, that will signal a more general increase in inflation because of the massive public debt.
      And we have not seen the bottom of the housing market because some of the trouble was merely delayed by Tarp.  We also have a looming crisis in the commercial real estate market.
      I would not make any big plans or purchases just yet (unless you think you can get some speculative real estate at rock bottom prices. just be prepared to hold it for several years.)

      • The number one worry I have is the White House (not to neglect the Congress). It will do anything it can to throw signals of uncertainty into the markets, which will slow or stall a recovery. They’re already trying to restart the health care monstrosity, which was entirely predictable.

        Their goal is to destroy American dynamism, but American dynamism is one very tough hombre, bred into the bones of a people who are appalled by the very idea of cradle-to-grave statism. The future is always frought with hazards, but this isn’t Haiti. It’s the United States, not a place accustomed to all-failure all the time. All-failure all the time would be the dream state for all-enveloping Obamism, and I’m counting the number of Americans who have woken up to that in the tens of millions now.

        That’s called incentive.

    • Sorry for being late to the party, but what’s the plot of the novel?

  • We don’t trust the gov and we sure don’t trust their media mouthpieces who gleefully toe the party line.

    • Yup, that’s why I tuned out Fox’s rah-rah war reporting from 2003 to 2008.   Of course, now that the government media mouthpiece has become part of the opposition, I still don’t think it does a very good job.   It’s funny how they cut off the GOP-Obama meeting when it became clear that Obama was getting the better of the exchange.   I guess the Kommissars had had enough.

      • Don’t know what Fox you were watching but I saw the entire thing plus the Repub response.

        • Not the state of the union address, but the talk to the GOP caucus.  Fox’s cutting away is making the rounds, I guess Obama’s people are sending links of the talk to their e-mail list.

      • Hilarious,  Funny how people of a certain mind set are apoplectic about Fox’s right of center reporting, but never have said a negative word about how most of the other news organizations are wholy owned subsidiaries of the Democratic party.

      • I’m not sure what you mean, Scott, when you say the “better of the exchange.” The rules of the “exchange” laid down by the White House was that there would be no follow-up questions.

        As for “Fox’s rah-rah war reporting from 2003 to 2008,” WTF are you talking about? If you say you tuned it out for five years, how do you know how it was handled? What’s your idea of straight reporting of American wars, anyway, Scott? Continuous close-ups of battlefield wounds? Nightly 90 minute reports on civilian casualties inflicted by the enemy but blamed on the U.S. just for being there to provoke the terrorists?

        It must have killed you, though, that the U.S. actually prevailed against the car bombers in Iraq and that the Surge worked. I know the pain American success gives you, and how even the whiff of a defeat sends a thrill up your leg.

      • Regarding any thoughts youmay want to share with us regarding the Iraq War, I would just like to remind you of your own BS attitudes, opinions, and predictions.  Remember:

        Small Steps, there Erb!

        But for someone who tuned out Fox reporting on the War and therefore should not have an opinion, you sure do have an opinion.  Or are you still just repeating Lefty Talking Points that are routinely handed out at the Teacher’s Lounge.  Also it sure is strange that even though you now discount government media mouthpiece, none of us here heard so much as a peep from you at the time.

        I am not sure who you wee watching “when it became clear that Obama was getting the better of the exchange” but Fox continued the coverage all the way from beginning to end.  That is if you consider the camera watching him exit the building the end.  So which Kommissars were you watching?

        So, again it appears to me you are still nothing more than a Lefty mouthpiece.  The only question I now have is, besides Obama, who you are a mouthpiece for?

  • McQAfter all, “give me liberty or give me death” certainly smacks of someone who certainly was considered ungovernable by the rulers of his time. 

    Amen, brother, amen!  Thank God that our Founding Fathers left such an extensive record of eloquent arguments for liberty and against excessive government power; it reminds us that we are citizens and not subjects, serfs or slaves.

    And what can we say about people who think we are “ungovernable”?  I think that their use of the word speaks volumes about their idea of the relationship that ought to exist between man and government.  I’m guessing that they are inherently repulsed by the ideas that, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

    Government is the servant of the people.  It exists as a convenience for them, a way to organize their society such that it is safe, productive and happy.  It is a product of their collective will.  Thus, I suggest that people can NEVER be “ungovernable.” Rather, their government attempts to assume too much power, and the instinct for liberty that all most men possess leads them to rebel against a usurpation of the powers THEY grant to their government.

    It’s too bad that tarring and feathers, riding out on a rail, and horsewhipping are out of style, because I think that there are more than a few clowns in DC and around the country who could use a sharp reminder of who’s in charge.

  • How can TAO cut taxes for 95% of Americans when many Americans don’t pay any fed income taxes and the taxes they do pay are Socialist Insecutiry and Medicrap?

  • In addition to being a lousy community organizer Obama was evidently a lousy professor of Constitutional Law. A “Deficit of trust in government” is precisely the idea behind the Constitution.