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What Do You Think?

April 22, 2010

The question posted Monday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: Do you trust the federal government?

Poll results:

Always: 24 votes (2 percent)

Almost always: 27 votes (2 percent)

Most of the time: 134 votes (11 percent)

Some of the time: 388 votes (33 percent)

Never: 608 votes (52 percent)




"Less and less with each passing day. I have much less trust with Democrats in control than with Republicans at the helm, but I couldn't put full trust in either. We, as a people, need to get behind the movement to return the federal government to both the spirit and the letter of the Ninth and Tenth amendments to the Constitution - the 'enumerated powers' movement."

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"Trust is earned and the Feds have earned zero or very little trust from me. When every e-mail, text, phone call and credit card purchase is reviewed, analyzed and rated by the NSA without warrant, it is obvious the Feds don't trust citizens, either."

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"Our founding fathers didn't trust the government. That really should tell the whole story in a nutshell. That's why they put severe restrictions and equal power in the three branches of government. Somehow, we have still managed to find a way to pervert that vision into the mess we have today."

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"I trust the government, implicitly, to do the wrong thing at the wrong time, and to administer their legislation inefficiently and corruptly. So I voted 'Always.'"

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"I love it the way it should/could be. Not the way it is being done now. Federal power grabs to give nanny federal government control over everything, up to and including what type of light bulbs we have to buy is what I rebel against. Love it or leave it? How about love it and take it back?"

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"I do not trust the government today. They are too big and appear to not know what they are doing. The solution to everything is throw money at it and now, the money is gone. Their current agenda is to take over the private sector to get their hands on more money to throw at issues and weaken the already fragile economy more."

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"I stopped believing in the federal government in the Bush years. Obama had my whole extended family excited about how government was going to change for the better. But it has changed for the worse and none of us will vote for Obama a second time. The federal government has gotten even less trustworthy under Obama instead of more trustworthy. I am even going to change my party affiliation to independent ... I thought I would remain a registered Democrat for my entire life."

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"A government in general is a necessary evil and some are better than others. Our republic form of government is among the best because as it was designed, it is based upon the rule of law. However, the problem is that unlike the founders and earlier generations, our current elected officials have been ignoring the rule of law (the U.S. Constitution) and have been ruling by decree and proclamation."

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"No, I don't trust the federal government and the federal government trusts the public less than we trust them. Big Brother is watching us closely and taxing the max out of habit so they can tell us what is good for us or we ante up."

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