View Poll Results: Do you trust the federal government to do what's in your best interest

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    Re: A Simple Question -

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    No, it's not. That's an illusion. The business's focus is on maximizing their profit regardless of your needs. Very disproportionate. That's true to some extent, but the mutuality is not equivelent at all.

    And, no matter how much you want or need their product, if you cannot meet their price, you don't get it. See? Disproportionate.

    Sure you have choices. But if you are aware that they do not have the best interest at heart, why should you trust them. You believe that the government doesn't and you don't trust them.
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    Re: A Simple Question -

    I have changed my tune a bit on this one. A few years ago my mantra was "government is a necessary evil."

    I would now support this statement instead: "Just enough government is a positive good for society."

    Not so much government that everything is regulated to death; not so much government that you need a permit for every darn thing. But enough to keep things orderly, to keep a rein on the worst excesses of the private sector, to secure the borders and the nation, to keep serious crime to a reasonable minimum, to give those who get knocked down by sudden changes in the free market a helping hand back up, to require sellars to provide relevant information about their product and its ingredients and risks... yes, we need that.

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    Re: A Simple Question -

    To the big govt types, tell me this is reasonable;

    Lawmakers in at least two US states are looking to pull the plug on texting pedestrians and iPod-obsessed runners, claiming their diverted attention borders on disaster.
    After targeting drivers who paid more attention to their phone calls and text messages than the road, officials in Arkansas and New York are now looking to crack down on pedestrians equally distracted by their own electronic gadgets.
    The Press Association: Distracted runners face iPod ban

    I know that's not the federal government...yet.
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    Re: A Simple Question -

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    To the big govt types, tell me this is reasonable;


    The Press Association: Distracted runners face iPod ban

    I know that's not the federal government...yet.
    What point are you trying to make?

    Is it that the government isn't perfect? Well duh, it's a human endeavor.

    Is it some other less than clear thing?

    Is it that you can attach irrelevant and inaccurate labels to those you disagree with to attempt to dismiss them? Well duh.
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    Re: A Simple Question -

    Considering the size and breath of the Government, there is not one answer for this question. Some things I trust to do my best interest (NSF, NIH, etc). Some I don't (The Congress).

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    Re: A Simple Question -

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    What point are you trying to make?

    Is it that the government isn't perfect? Well duh, it's a human endeavor.
    The point is that the article shows the dangers of a govt that thinks we need to be protected from ourselves. You don't think the legislation is a good idea? It's being done in the name of "safety".

    Is it some other less than clear thing?

    Is it that you can attach irrelevant and inaccurate labels to those you disagree with to attempt to dismiss them? Well duh.
    What label? What are you talking about?
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    Re: A Simple Question -

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    The point is that the article shows the dangers of a govt that thinks we need to be protected from ourselves. You don't think the legislation is a good idea? It's being done in the name of "safety".
    And once again you are trying to force others into a position that you can actually argue against. I consider to my mind that the law goes too far, but that is in this case up to the people of the state, whose elected officials are considering the law. If they think the law is going to far, they have the option of voting the people who made the law out of office next election.

    What label? What are you talking about?
    "the big govt types"-you did say this, right? It is a label, right? Since the answer is yes to both, why did you ask that question?
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    Re: A Simple Question -

    No, I do not trust the government to act in my best interests. Which is why I want to replace it with a government I can trust.

    And the only government I can trust is one I can control.

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    Re: A Simple Question -

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    And once again you are trying to force others into a position that you can actually argue against. I consider to my mind that the law goes too far, but that is in this case up to the people of the state, whose elected officials are considering the law. If they think the law is going to far, they have the option of voting the people who made the law out of office next election.
    If I was trying to force you (or others) into a certain position, I would not have asked what you thought of the legislation. I do think it is a good example, though, of the govt thinking it's acting in our best interest - despite us.


    "the big govt types"-you did say this, right? It is a label, right? Since the answer is yes to both, why did you ask that question?
    Redress, that was just a short hand (and somewhat lazy) way to get across who I was asking the question to. I just meant those who have more trust in the fed govt than I do.
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    Re: A Simple Question -

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    Do you trust the federal government (in its entirety) to do what's in your best interest?

    Why or why not.
    No, absolutely not. the federal government and the politicians that run it exist for personal and political power, not to do the 'will of the people.' I dont know if it has EVER been the case since the early 1800s.

    Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. I dont trust the federal government to do anything or be anything that is not politically motivated and inherently corrupt.

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