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 X Factor View Post
    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.
    You are making an assumption that it is "despite us". If that is what the people of the state want, it is in fact not "despite us". If they do not want it, they have ways to handle that as well. Your example was weak on so many laevels.

    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.
    Both of us in this thread? Saying "CC, Redress" would have been as easy.
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    I feel that OUR government does what is best for the people in general and with President Obama and the Democrats in our Senate in control..... best for the masses.
    I fear that if bad events unfold in the early teens, the masses will suffer and the wealthy will be better off than ever....Similar to the Russian Empire of 100 years ago ????

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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.
    I know business sole function is to make money. Profit is what motivates them to create the things I need and want. If I don't want want they're selling, they don't get my business. It's a voluntary relationship which is not so with the government.


    That's true to some extent, but the mutuality is not equivelent at all.
    Of course they have more money than I do, but, again, they cannot force me to do or buy anything. If their business practices are so bad, they'll alienate enough people and we'll all go to a competitor. That's the power we, as consumers, have.



    And, no matter how much you want or need their product, if you cannot meet their price, you don't get it. See? Disproportionate.
    If I want something I can't afford, it's on me to find a way to buy it or just live without it. Companies owe me nothing.



    Sure you have choices. But if you are aware that they do not have the best interest at heart, why should you trust them.
    At first I was going to say that I don't need to trust business. As I thought about it though, there are some businesses I do trust because, in my experience, that have treated me fairly and/or have delivered a good product. For example, I trust the Honda brand. I'm also a fan of Nikes. Their shoes last forever. In return for their "trustworthiness" they get a loyal customer, not to mention free advertising when I recommend them to someone else. Parity.

    You believe that the government doesn't and you don't trust them.
    I believe the government might think it's acting in my best interest, like for example, banning iPods for walkers/joggers. I want to be able to make those choices, I don't want them made for me.



    The government's job isn't to consider your best interests as an individual. That is not the government's purpose.
    I agree. I just don't think the govt always see it that way, as in my example above.
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    Re: A Simple Question -

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    I feel that OUR government does what is best for the people in general and with President Obama and the Democrats in our Senate in control..... best for the masses.
    I fear that if bad events unfold in the early teens, the masses will suffer and the wealthy will be better off than ever....Similar to the Russian Empire of 100 years ago ????
    14 TRILLION in debt. 9.6 current unemployment (with 'real' unemployment anywhere from 20-25%). Massive annual spending deficits. 7+ billion spent on federal elections during a presidential cycle (4+ billion during mid-term elections) for total congressional jobs that equal out to a salary of about 102 million. Progressively worse economy. I dont know...I see a lot of people invested in doing and saying whatever they need to say and do just to get reelected. I dont see a lot of things being done for the good of 'the people.'

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    Re: A Simple Question -

    The federal govt. is a tool for whomever controls it to use to reward friends and punish enemies. Look at the preference given the UAW over bondholders in the Chrysler bankruptcy.

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    Re: A Simple Question -

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    You are making an assumption that it is "despite us". If that is what the people of the state want, it is in fact not "despite us". If they do not want it, they have ways to handle that as well. Your example was weak on so many laevels.
    Well, that's not really true. Once someone is voted into office, I really have no control over what they do. Laws get passed against the will of the people all the time. Witness: Obamacare.

    Both of us in this thread? Saying "CC, Redress" would have been as easy.
    And yet, by using "big govt types" you knew exactly who I was referring to, didn't you? Besides, I wanted to include others that may not have responded to the thread yet.
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    Re: A Simple Question -

    Yes and No, all depending on the arena. For where it is structured now, I think it mostly accomplishes the public interest (which I typically have few ills) though there have been recent additions where I could say no. In overarching theory, I am in agreement where I believe our goal of having as little of a government as possible is a good one.
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    Re: A Simple Question -

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Really? Ever fight with an insurance company for payment on coverage? That put me at more risk than the government ever will.
    Why would you fight with an insurance company? Private insurance is contract based. The contract spells out what will and will not be covered.

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    Re: A Simple Question -

    No.

    It is the nature of the beast. Some things in government go my way, some don't. I accept the things that government does do or agree with me on, and work for the others I don't have and want.

    You can't please all of the people all of the time. Welcome to life and living in a society with millions of others.
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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.
    Since you ask "in its entirety" then the answer is no.

    I think large portions of it are either acting in what is in THEIR best interest and I think other portions are acting in what they THINK is my best interest, not necessarily what actually is my best interest.

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