If you were to base your understanding of what’s wrong with America on the media, what do you think you would cite as America’s No. 1 problem? Racism? Global Warming? Terrorism? The economy? Immigration? Health Care? Nope. According to a recent Gallup poll, the No. 1 problem with America is … government:
Government has been named the most important problem facing the country for four straight months and has widened its lead over the second-ranking issue of the economy compared to last month, a Gallup poll said.
Eighteen percent of Americans named dissatisfaction with government the most important problem facing the country, followed by the economy at 11 percent and jobs at 10 percent.
I find this development rather fascinating. What exactly does it mean to say that government is our no. 1 problem? If government in itself is the problem, what would the solution look like? Less government? No government?
I think the main issue is that people are fed up with the government’s solutions. In other words, problems facing the country have arisen, but the government’s solutions for those problems have made them worse. Let’s look at the other issues cited in this Gallup poll.
The economy. Healthcare. Immigration. Think about the fact that all three of these things have been “addressed” by the civil government. The bailouts, quantitative easing, public sector growth, wealth redistribution, and a host of other economic “fixes” have done very little but increase income inequality, destroy the middle class, increase government dependence and unemployment, and stimy private investment.
Do we even need to talk about the government’s solution for healthcare? The completely botched rollout of healthcare.gov exemplifies every proceeding failure of Obamacare. It has been expensive, inefficient, and ultimately ineffective.
And then there’s immigration and Obama’s executive amnesty. Blech.
So is it any wonder that people think the government is America’s no. 1 problem? No. It’s like that motivational poster I saw once: “Government: If you think your problems are bad, just wait until you see our solutions.” Indeed.