So 52% of Americans think they would be better off without Social Security, Medicare, the FDA, the FBI, the EPA, the FAA, the FCC, the Army, the Navy, NASA, the National Parks, rural electrification, the Interstate Highway System,and the Clean Air Act?
Fifty-two percent of Americans are nuts.
What bugs people, it seems, is taxes: 55 percent of respondents believe they get less value from the government than what they pay in taxes, compared to 37 percent who feel they get the right amount. Only 7 percent believe they get more value than they pay for in taxes.
When you consider that a lot more than 7 percent of Americans are getting more from the government in straight cash -- through social security, salaries, food stamps, pensions, and so on -- than they pay in taxes, this number is equally loony.
But of course Americans don't really want the government to be smaller. They want it to do more in a whole list of areas. As Ed O'Keefe summarizes,
although most believe the government is invasive, they want to see it more involved in protecting the environment, increasing access to health care, cutting poverty, setting educational standards, fighting terrorism and regulating gun ownership.All while spending less money! To repeat, 52% of Americans are nuts. Or maybe more.