Government is the problem

Ben Bullard
Personal Liberty

While that headline may sound like the protestation of a self-selected libertarian minority, the sentiment appears to be gaining unprecedented traction with the general public.

In a Gallup poll released Thursday, a sampling of Americans from all 50 states identified the government itself as the most urgent problem America faces. It’s not the first time that’s happened – in fact, the March survey marks the fourth consecutive Gallup poll that has placed government at the top of America’s stack of problems – but it suggests that the idea is becoming entrenched in the political zeitgeist.

Eighteen percent of those who took part in the open-ended survey said the federal government was the nation’s biggest problem, outpacing the next-biggest problem – the economy – by seven percentage points…



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