In a January 2, 2015 report of top concerns Americans said they faced in 2014, Gallup saw it as a “Cluster of Concerns ([that] vie for Top U.S. Problem in 2014” Let’s see if it really is a “cluster.” I disagree!
Here are the problems that got at least a 2% mention by Americans in this Gallup table.
You can see the “cluster” is Government —, Economy, Unemployment/Jobs very close together and Healthcare not far behind. But take a closer look. Government is 18%. But unemployment/jobs and healthcare are concerns directly caused by government. Add them all up; they account for 43 of the top 60%.
Look at concerns either caused of exacerbated by government, immigration 8%, federal debt/deficit 6%, ethics/moral decline 5%, Education 4%, poverty/homelessness 4% gap between rich and poor 3%, race relations 3%, lack of money 3%, lack of respect for others 2%, judicial system 2%, wage issues 2% and national security 2%. This is another 46% either caused of exacerbated by government.
Many of these “issues” are not caused exclusively by government. Let’s apply the song “…… let it begin with me.”
- Let there be respect for others and let it begin with me.
- Let there be better race relations and let it begin with me.
- Let me have more money and let me take action—you get the idea.
The bottom line is eliminating most government would reduce or eliminate most problems for Americans and the country.
War is misconstrued as a problem. If we are attacked by someone whether it be the emperor of Japan or this present Islamic Jihad, we are at war. We fight. We win.
We waste huge amounts of foreign aid but focus overseas is not a problem; it is Americas DNA!