A new Gallup poll shows a record high number of Americans now say that “big government” is the biggest threat to American’s future. That option beat out “big business” and “big labor” by overwhelming margins.

Report from Gallup:

Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor, a record high in the nearly 50-year history of this question. The prior high for big government was 65% in 1999 and 2000. Big government has always topped big business and big labor, including in the initial asking in 1965, but just 35% named it at that time.

What category do you fall in if asked the same poll question:

“In your opinion, which of the following will be the biggest threat to the country in the future — big business, big labor, big government or __________ ?”

If you don’t like the three options, feel free to fill in the blank.

62 COMMENTS

  1. And yet our New World Opportunity is turning into Old World Dependence. We as a society are closer to following continental Europe than the founding fathers beliefs.

    As we saw in the 2012 election politics today is based on which party delivers the better services as if government was a hotel concierge when in actuality it is the pusher and the public is the junkies.

    Or as Chris Buckley said “We are on the entrance ramp to the road to serfdom”

  2. Big Government does threaten America!!! Big Labor needs to be harnessed and Big Business needs to be focused. All three can impact our freedom and the Constitution but Government more so than anything else

  3. This is tangential, but it seems to me that bad diplomacy is another danger.

    And that brings me to the question I wanted to ask: Does anyone know why we made such a kerfuffle over the Indian diplomat? My guess is that they thought she was carrying spy materials, and the “nanny” issue is a smokescreen.

    It couldn’t have come at a worse time. India is going through a crisis about rape and disrespect for women. If we wanted to slap them in the face, this incident couldn’t have been better orchestrated.

    And, of course, we are conflicting with China regarding international flying and shipping rights. Why would we alienate China’s main challenger in that area?

    Anybody make any sense of this incident? And shouldn’t she have had diplomatic immunity, anyway??

  4. My opinion of the greatest threat to America’s future? Lazy citizenship.

    The view of Americans have been growing more and more conservative over the years. If those citizens do not vote, or loudly speak out their values, then the country will go to the squeaky wheel.

  5. Bob – gotta disagree with you about 2012. 2012 introduced the ‘low information voter.’ People who voted for Obama because they liked him and thought he was cool. When polled, policy by policy, America disagrees with what the president’s policies….but too many stayed home and too many Obamites turned out.

    It wasn’t all that long ago (2002) when for one of the few times in America’s history, the party of the sitting president gained seats in the mid-term elections. Bush won with a large majority over Kerry in 2004. Then the republicans turned away from conservatism and brought up the amnesty bill, then lost the election in 2006 because of it. 2008 everyone thought Obama was a moderate, but he was losing until the economy tanked. He almost lost again when he said ‘spread the wealth around.’

    He lost the house and seats in the senate in 2010 after Obamacare. While he got re-elected by ‘low-infos’ the House had a 100% election…and stayed republican. Senate pretty much stayed the same.

    That’s hardly a nation turning towards socialism. Its really more of a last ditch effort by Democrats in congress to get their soclialistic ideas in place before the country abandons them entirely.

    Like some commentators I’ve heard…the democrats know this is their last chance (referring to Obama). The country is slanting more conservative, and libertarians are growing exponentially. The only question will be…will they abandon party loyalty and partisanship and vote for those who represent their values?

    • Josh;
      I didn’t say the “nation was turning to socialism” as you insinuate.

      Also it would be naïve and premature to declare any political party or philosophy dead or abandoned. It was only this past mid October when the Democrats were celebrating the death of the republicans and Conservatives due to the shutdown failure. After the fall of Obamacare the left is now said to be dead……..

      POPPYCOCK!

      • Bob: I agree. The media try to make every little incident sound like a “game changer.” As you say, just two months ago, everyone was saying that the GOP was doomed because of the government shutdown, but within a few weeks, the shutdown was all but forgotten.

        There’s way too much hysteria in the political discussion in this country. It’s good for Nielsen ratings.

  6. “In your opinion, which of the following will be the biggest threat to the country in the future — big business, big labor, big government or the inequality of the majority of American citizens?”

    In 1776, we waged and won a war for independence. The revolutionaries who led this war effort sought to establish an entirely new social order, a nation of citizens, not subjects, a republic, not an aristocracy. As a new nation, the people would rule. Republics require an equitable distribution of wealth. Where wealth is concentrated, political power can never be democratically shared.
    Thomas Jefferson

    What is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.
    From: The Federalist No. 51, James Madison.

    • Tess — reading the Federalist Papers in school?

      There are two opposing sides — are you sure you figured out which is right?

      LOL

    • Tess – Not sure of your point – Big Business does not create a serfdom and a Aristocracy. While they may create a class that allows them greater playtime (especially Movie Stars & Sports Moguls – they are worse than any CEO) they are not a political class of control. There are as Probably more Democrats in Money than Pubs. (Gates, Jobs, Zuken . . ., movie and sports stars vs Koch and Trump). Big Business does not influence nearly as much as Politics, i.e. big government.

      Madison was not a big Government guy – he believed that Federal (Republic) be minimized and the States (Democratic) have more power; and States controlled by the people. Today’s Democrats believe in letting the Federal set the pulse & tone and States follow in lock step. This is not in the design of the Constitution and Amendments.

      Madison was actually lamenting the dichotomy in his quote you referenced!

      “We” broke away from Europe and England to break the Aristocracy and Monarchy hold, plus Religious (not Spiritual) hold. We formed a Constitution with minimum laws and the rest was left to the people in their States to enhance to their needs and liking. The minimal Federal government to control the Democratic-Republic by lawful enforcement of the Constitution and Amendments.

      In turn, if the Government becomes too wieldly and costly or leans towards Monarchy or Tyranny, it is the People’s and State’s responsibility to legally vote it or otherwise return it to its original intent.

      • Sam…James Madison probably lamented many things that occurred during his presidency. Madison was not a big believer in State’s Rights. In retirement, at Montpelier, James Madison spoke out against the disruptive states’ rights influences that by the 1830’s threatened to shatter the Federal Union. In the Federalist essays, along with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, Madison wrote seeking ratification of the Constitution. The Federalist Party disappeared soon after his presidency ended. While in Congress, he wrote the Bill of Rights in deference to his mentor, Thomas Jefferson, and he enact the first revenue legislation. Out of his leadership in opposition to Hamilton’s financial proposals, which he felt would unduly bestow wealth and power upon northern financiers, came the development of the Jeffersonian Party.

        Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun, young congressmen known as the “War Hawks,” pressed President Madison for a more militant policy. June 1,1812, he asked Congress to declare war. Unprepared to fight; it’s untrained forces took a severe trouncing. The British entered Washington, DC and burned the Capitol Building and the White House. General Andrew Jackson’s triumph at New Orleans, convinced Americans that the War of 1812 was successful but actually, all sides, just gave up.

        Big Business, to me, is the 2% that have all the real money in the United States (movie stars, sport moguls, and such do not fall in the 2%. Most CEO’s do not fall in the 2%). The 2% may not be of royalty, but they do believe in, and expect, the “aristocracy” treatment. They do create a menial (I got that word from you) level of living for many, many thousands of American citizens.

        • Tess — LOL.

          Googling to quote, and make into your own post, of what wiki says, is not an accomplishment on your part.

          How about YOU making an actual comment on what you’ve understood from the Federalist Papers: which side presented the logical conclusion that our republic has been based on till the Bush-Obama take over — Small federal gov where states’ rights check Federal Gov’s desire to rule us all; or an all encompassing federal government?

          • Oblivious: So, what you’re saying is you want other people to also babble unsubstantiated personal opinions (delusions) without grounds or reason?

            • Oblivious: why don’t you post your delusions on another blog?

              No, strike that. If people “get” you, they’ll realize you are just performance art, for our amusement. Babble on.

  7. Big Gov under Obama, of course = the Final Big Brother!

    Watch come 2016, the brother (not racist, lol, since it is from Jay Leno) declare Martial Law and make himself King Bama (as this sociopath yearned from childhood)!

    • Billy: You know about financial matters.

      Elsewhere I asked about Bitcoins. Are you familiar with them? Do you think they can avoid being hacked?

      More importantly, since they work outside the banking system, do you think that system could be used as a sort of substitute for gold as a stable currency? Do you think it will supplant the Fed and other central banks?

      China has shut it down there, but that could be temporary, especially if they consider that Bitcoins could put the dollar out of business as the international currency.

      What difference do you think it could make?

      • Goethe, i don’t think BitCoin will ever get off the runway – nothing solid. Aslap in our face will be when China and Russia create a new standard over the Dollar to save their own asses.

        • Sam: I have been totally amazed at Bitcoin. There is no governmental authority, there’s no gold (or anything else) to back it up, and since it is just digital, it seems that it would be even easier to manipulate–and steal.

          • I was hoping billymalone would post an informative two liner with his hidden clues. Is Bitcoin something like oldtime bartering? The more I read about it, the more my confusion. They appear to exist only online, and are not controlled by a central authority system. You can’t get them from your bank, or drop them in the collection plate. Transactions must take place online and all users are untraceable. What financial gain would a person garner when using the Bitcoin?

            • Tess: I think, with so many technological advances, it was a way to buy porn untraceably.

              One reason to buy them was as an investment, since they are not pegged to any currency, their value is only what someone is willing to give for them. I understand if you bought early, each unit would now be worth a thousand times their original value. But last week, China basically outlawed having Chinese companies deal in them, so the value was cut in half.

              This article claims they’re as good as gold (complete with charts):

              http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/why-bitcoins-are-just-like-gold

          • Goethe – I agree on both counts – Excellent article – There is no reference point, it is meant to be a commodity with capital gains, worse it can be manufactured (Cryptographic malware) just like our dollar only in digital memory. Gold (Au) has a finite availability and is a mineable element, very rare. Silver (Ag) not as rare, With no connective standard or reference Bitcoin can be seriously manipulated, again like we are devaluing the $. There are no hard pieces but like Tess says trade exists only in the Cloud (Ether, Ethernet). Like buying and selling Gold on paper, you don’t actually get the same price as when you sell and ship the physical Au. You have to count on the bitcoin key txfr has not been interrupted by malware

            Paypal says soon that physical money may become obsolete – cause all their transactions are in the Cloud. Without a control on Cryptographic key vs malware, Bitcoin has no real control, According to your graph, right now it has an almost asymptotic rise slope.and like Au right now it’s up and down like a short yoyo.

            Come on Billy, where are you – give us the straight skinny.

        • Ron Paul: Federal Reserve Steals From the Poor and Gives to the Rich

          http://www.ronpaul.com/2013-11-18/ron-paul-federal-reserve-steals-from-the-poor-and-gives-to-the-rich/

          by Ron Paul:

          Last Thursday the Senate Banking Committee held hearings on Janet Yellen’s nomination as Federal Reserve Board Chairman. As expected, Ms. Yellen indicated that she would continue the Fed’s “quantitative easing” (QE) polices, despite QE’s failure to improve the economy. Coincidentally, two days before the Yellen hearings, Andrew Huszar, an ex-Fed official, publicly apologized to the American people for his role in QE. Mr. Huszar called QE “the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time.”

          As recently as five years ago, it would have been unheard of for a Wall Street insider and former Fed official to speak so bluntly about how the Fed acts as a reverse Robin Hood. But a quick glance at the latest unemployment numbers shows that QE is not benefiting the average American. It is increasingly obvious that the Fed’s post-2008 policies of bailouts, money printing, and bond buying benefited the big banks and the politically-connected investment firms. QE is such a blatant example of crony capitalism that it makes Solyndra look like a shining example of a pure free market!

          It would be a mistake to think that QE is the first time the Fed’s policies have benefited the well-to-do at the expense of the average American. The Fed’s polices have always benefited crony capitalists and big spending politicians at the expense of the average American.

          By manipulating the money supply and the interest rate, Federal Reserve polices create inflation and thereby erode the value of the currency. Since the Federal Reserve opened its doors one hundred years ago, the dollar has lost over 95 percent of its purchasing power —that’s right, today you need $23.70 to buy what one dollar bought in 1913!

          As pointed out by the economists of the Austrian School, the creation of new money does not impact everyone equally. The well-connected benefit from inflation, as they receive the newly-created money first, before general price increases have spread through the economy. It is obvious, then, that middle- and working-class Americans are hardest hit by the rising level of prices.

          Congress also benefits from the devaluation of the currency, as it allows them to increase welfare- and warfare-spending without directly taxing the people. Instead, the increase is only felt via the hidden “inflation tax.” I have often said that the inflation tax is one of the worst taxes because it is hidden and because it is regressive. Of course, there is a limit to how long the Fed can facilitate big government spending without causing an economic crisis.

          Far from promoting a sound economy for all, the Federal Reserve is the main cause of the boom-and-bust economy, as well as the leading facilitator of big government and crony capitalism. Fortunately, in recent years more Americans have become aware of how the Fed is impacting their lives. These Americans have joined efforts to educate their fellow citizens on the dangers of the Federal Reserve and have joined efforts to bring transparency to the Federal Reserve by passing the Audit the Fed bill.

          Auditing the Fed is an excellent first step toward restoring a monetary policy that works for the benefit of the American people, not the special interests. Another important step is to repeal legal tender laws that restrict the ability of the people to use the currency of their choice. This would allow Americans to protect themselves from the effects of the Fed’s polices. Auditing and ending the Fed, and allowing Americans to use the currency of their choice, must be a priority for anyone serious about restoring peace, prosperity, and liberty.

          • oblivious:

            “Googling (sic) to quote, and make into your own post, of what wiki says is not an accomplishment on your part. how about you making an actual comment.”

            From a post by oblivious to Tess 22nd December 2013 @10:24AM

            Hmmmm I fail to see a difference here. Perhaps someone should follow his own advice concerning quoting Mr.Paul !

            • lil’ bobby — dare to refute Ron Paul’s stance?
              or just spamming here like the Goethe Bore troll?
              the Feds are a PRIVATE organization that are making Notes as legal tender (not US Dollars — which only the US Treasury can issue (no private enterprise can create money according to the US constitution))!

              but you seem to accept this with ease, and even make fun of it by your asinine post, that you accept the ideals of the US constitution to be negotiated away by never-ending compromises into nothingness, since that’s today’s political reality?!
              i feel sorry for you on your defeatism — or was that your original goal by posting here, to tell the american people…just give up, for justice and liberty for all ain’t gonna happen according to Bob???
              shame on you!

  8. The Greatest Threat to America’s Future:

    the practical sell-outs!

    read Goethe Bore’s and Lil’ Bob’s posts, and see how such average americans are willing to compromise principles for nothing in return!

    • Oblivious, obviously, you would like to have the rest of us executed. Happily, nobody agrees with your rants. But you are right that the rest of the posters here are what you call “average Americans,” admitting that you are abberant.

      • Goethe:

        I appreciate you attempting to straightening out oblivious but if you succeeded then we would have to find another name for him.

        He realizes perfectly that I was pointing out (23rd December @11:43AM) his double standard of saying Tess can’t use quotes but in his inflated sense of significance it’s perfectly O.K. for him to do so. He also is well aware of the point I was making but through his dog chasing his tail response attempts to make it sound like I’m avoiding him and thus he won the argument.

        Leading a mob with verbal gymnastics is easy when anything can be made to mean anything. I don’t know if you noticed or not but he gives his caterwauling rhetoric about the woulder, coulder, and shoulder of the abuse of the Constitution but neglects to give any details on how to accomplish this when the republican party is a major part of this legalized plundering.

        The only way coffee house patriots is to ignore them !

        • Bob — shame on you for sounding like Goethe Bore!

          Your post is nothing but sophistry, thus lacks merit.

          1) Tess Liehard uses Google to find liberal crap that agrees with her idiotic precepts. I quoted a real human — Ron Paul.
          So, apples and oranges, kid.

          2) I understand why you won’t answer — since you cannot refute, you sink to the bottom-feeder level of non sequitur accusations.

          3) There are no such things as Republicans after Reagan — the only true ones are the few Tea Party Reps left, the rest are scum of the earth, no different than the scum of the earth that are ALL Democrats.
          ———————————————————————————-
          anyway, I wish you:

          Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

          • Oblivious: Since Bob has tired of dueling with someone who is unarmed, I thought I’d point out how silly your attacks are.

            1) How do you know that Tess uses Google? Couldn’t she be using Yahoo or Bing or some other service? And why, exactly, does that matter?

            Does Ron Paul stop by for a cup of coffee, or do you, TOO, use the Internet to get the quotes you need?

            And now you are determining who is a “real” human being?? You are getting more scary every day.

            2) He has already said that you are such a nutcase, that it’s not like he has to worry about anyone else will agree with you, so a debate is to counter your Googled defenses. So why should he bother.

            3) If Ronald Reagan were to reincarnate, you would HATE him. Reagan did ALL the things you have hated, such as his “Eleventh Commandment” of not attacking other Republicans, to some very questionable foreign adventures, to copious compromises with Democrats, to tax increases, and a lot more. So you’re really saying you don’t think there has been a real Republican since at least Herbert Hoover.

            It’s too late to wish you a Merry Christmas, but let’s hope you have a better New Year.

            • goethe bore — LOL…

              what an irrational and pathetic hate-filled troll you are….

              and stupidly presumptuous on top of it all, to again answer for Li’l Bob…who smartly refrains since he cannot refute what is stated.

              why do you keep answering on his behalf — are the two of you conjoined at the hip…?

            • Oblivious:

              More teenage girl “LOL” I see.

              I have answered for Bob because it was clear that Bob has wearied of trying to reason with you.

      • goethe bore,

        let it all out, sicko…you need to;
        for such a little man you are filled with so much hatred,
        that you might explode one of these days, otherwise….

        goethe bore states: “obviously, you would like to have the rest of us executed” — to make such an outlandish statement, denotes that Goethe Bore has lost his mind completely (due to overfilling it with total hatred).

        take two aspirins and call your shrink in the morning, sicko….

        • Oblivious: You’re the one blinded by hatred.

          If you had a sense of humor, you’d see that I am just amused by you.

          • goethe bore — you are not amused, you are just a little man filled with hatred to all that’s good.

            the posters here can see it — so nothing you contrive to post could change your portrait.

            • Oblivious:

              I am sure you think that you are leading the world. But can you show me even ONE instance of “the posters here” agree that I have shown any hatred toward you?

              Pity is not hatred.

          • goethe bore — attack all my posts with your irrational hatred, and have the last word. no problem, LOL…

            those reading them can see you for what you are….

            • Oblivious:

              For once, you are right–“those reading them can see you for what you are.”

              YEP, they see how amused I am by you, and as Kirk said to Khan in Star Trek II:’

              “I’m laughing at your superiour intellect.”

  9. Why should the United States of America be concerned with the promotion of Austrian Economy theory? The main tenet of the “Austrian School of Economics” is that economics is too complex for it to rely on statistics and studies and experiments and pie charts and such. Instead of the scientific method, they believe that ‘rational’ thinking on the way that humans behave is the way to explain economics. Through this illogical thinking, the School is able to claim that everything bad that happens is the fault of government and anything good that happens is the product of free markets (The sun is warm – free markets. Pain hurts – government). Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises, leader of the Austrian Economic School, wrote to Ayn Rand “You have the courage to tell the masses what no politician told them: you are inferior and all the improvements in your conditions which you simply take for granted you owe to the effort of men who are better than you. If this be arrogance, as some of your critics observed, it is still the truth that had to said in the age of the Welfare State”.

    Another explanation of Austrian Economy by Ludwig Mises: “In all nations and in all periods of history, intellectual exploits were the work of a few men and were appreciated only by a small elite. The many looked upon these feats with hatred and disdain; at best with indifference. In Austria and in Vienna the elite was especially small; and the hatred of the masses and their leaders especially vitriolic.”

    Former Congressman and oft-time presidential hopeful. Ron Paul has said “I’ve been a student of Austrian economics and I believe they’re right.” He went even further during a recent speech and offered, “We are all Austrians now” Dr Paul expounds these two beliefs often: “Math cannot predict human action,” and “Taxes are theft. ” The truth is, Dr Paul has become a millionaire over by using several tax exempt 401’s to publish his newsletters, etc.

    Everyone seems to put “hate” on the Feds. Yet everyone fails to apply this emotion to our Congress who is responsible for oversight of this origination. The Federal Reserve System is controlled by a Board of Governors and the Federal Open Market Committee. The Board is a seven member panel appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. It determines the interest rate, known as the discount rate, for loans to commercial banks and thrifts, selects the required reserve ratio which determines how much of customer deposits a bank must keep on hand,a factor that significantly affects a bank’s ability create new loans, and decides how much new currency Federal Reserve Banks may issue each year. The Federal Reserve is subject to a lot of conspiracy theories but the fact remains, it is under the controll of the President and the Senate of the United States.

    • Tess — to what depths of Googleing for this most idiotic liberal tripe did you go to…to post this absurdity?!

      Ron Paul stated it apodictically — are you brainless, or brainwashed not to comprehend it?

        • tess — not facts, utter nonsense.

          if truly interested in facts, here is one — since the 1913 creation of the private organization (that is the only entity never to have been audited in US history — and still refuses to allow an independent audit) known as the Federal Reserve Board, they have accomplished the devaluation the original US dollar (which was backed by silver and gold) to where it is now worth less than 3 pennies!

          and you make excuses for them…?!

          what a sick liberal brainless tool you are…how sad!

          • Oblivious: If you had bothered to read Tess’ post, you would have seen that she was not defending the Fed. She was just saying what it does.

            AND she said TWICE that Congress is NOT doing its job to OVERSEE the Fed, which is exactly what you’ve been saying all along.

            If you were not so filled with hate, you would have seen that.

            • Goethe Bore — you stand for nothing. You are nothing but a fence sitter. You’ll post anything on either side of the argument just for the sake of posting.

              And when someone exposes your usual tripe, you vent your hatred at that poster by attempting to be “cleverly funny”.

              You have never been clever, nor funny, here. You are just a nincompoop that can’t help himself replying to each, and every single, thread with whatever silliness pops into your foolish head, troll.

            • Oblivious: I can’t believe you spam your attacks. I mean, it wasn’t worth saying once, much less burdening people with looking at your silly drivel THREE times.

              And, yes, I do find that humorous. Not threatening.

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