“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” ~ Ronald Reagan, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981
“Government Itself Still Cited as Top U.S. Problem.” GALLUP, January 15, 2014
Thirty-three years ago, Ronald Reagan shook the political establishment (you could literally feel the collective jaws in Washington, D.C. dropping) when the newly elected conservative president, hated by entrenched elitists in both parties, made the bold pronouncement that government was not the solution to the nation’s problems. It was the problem.
While this was viewed as blasphemy by the big government worshipers in both parties, it was a statement that the American people knew to be true.
They still know it.
According to a new Gallup poll today, government itself is named as the largest problem in the United States. In fact, over five times more people say government is the problem than agree with the Marxist raving of Obama, the theme of the 2014 mid-terms, which is that of “income inequality.”
Second on the list, the issue seen as the number two problem, is the “economy in general,” according to Gallup, followed by unemployment.