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My Turn: Gallup Poll may give insight into government issues

If you wonder why Washington is so screwed up these days, you may only need to look at a recent Gallup poll.

That polling group has asked voters for the last two decades whether we need more government or whether we need less government.  And for the third time in the last four years, we're basically split three ways.  1/3 wants more, 1/3 wants less and 1/3 of the people are somewhere in the middle.

There's no wonder the people we elect to represent us have little incentive to actually work with each other on finding consensus. They're basically playing to their constituents and trying to get elected to another term in office.

Is this what our founding fathers wanted?  I don't think so. 

Thomas Jefferson shared this thought many years ago when he said, "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."  And we've got a lot of that going on these days.

Too bad Jefferson, or somebody like him, isn't around now to lead us out of this mess.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at


Emailed comments from viewers:

The sad fact is that Jefferson would be appalled at the enormous size of what we call government today. We are an entitlement society that has no qualms of accepting goodies provided by the efforts of others. In his day, you worked hard, or you starved. Now we have a President that believes that "some" owe the fruits of their labor to "someone else." 


It is sad that we have to deal with another Government debacle.  In the Presidents first two years we as a country took it in the shorts for his trillion dollar debt he created.  Now we have had years of division about those who are trying to protect his image and those who want to correct the problem.  I understand the health issues and a full socialized health plan works IF set up right.  A forced plan that at best is a partial one does not work.  But to shut down the Government is sad.  It is strictly being done by the President and for no good reason.  He says it costs us millions or billions a day to shut it down.  So why not just keep it running.  It would cost the same.  We are so deeply in debt that running on no budget can not possible add any more to the hurt.  The President is acting like the school yard bully.  He needs to grow up.  Besides, I thought there were laws against bullies.


In response to your turn today, I keep saying I feel like we should completely do away with the whole idea of the democratic and republican parties.  Yes, simply have "people take care of the business of our country."  Think about it in this light, what are the Pros of political party titles. I frankly don't see ANY. I can see an awful lot of Cons! Can't you? It's not working so let's fix it!

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