April 16th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Do you hate the government?


Tea Party members holds signs during a rally in Boston. The Tea Party Express' tour through the United States ended in D.C. on tax day. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Hating the government has finally gone mainstream...

That's according to a piece in the Washington Examiner by political editor Chris Stirewalt:

"After two wars, a $12 trillion debt, a financial crisis and the most politically tone-deaf president in modern history, Americans may have finally given up on big government."

Stirewalt writes how three years ago the Republican establishment pretty much disregarded presidential candidate Ron Paul... but not anymore. The Texas congressman is gaining some serious support - along with his son, Rand, an ophthalmologist with no political experience, who may have a real shot at a Senate seat in Kentucky.

Stirewalt suggests that the American people are sick of watching everyone from the big banks to united auto workers drain the U.S. treasury. He believes that both Democrats and Republicans have misjudged the mood of the public.

It is of course the Tea Party movement that represents much of this angst and anger at big government, record spending and deficits... and higher taxes. Last year, the Tea Parties caught nearly everyone by surprise... but now the two major political parties and the media are tuned in.

But, Stirewalt says the real meaning of these protests isn't about a politician like Ron Paul or even the activists marching with "don't tread on me" flags... instead it's about the people at home who might agree with their message... and there are potentially lots and lots of them - with polls showing that nearly one-third of Americans consider themselves Tea Party supporters.

Here’s my question to you: Do you hate the government?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Chuck writes:
Government at all levels is becoming increasingly onerous, to the point of being downright abusive in its quest for money. The root cause is the elected officials that pander to their constituencies by voting for increasingly more expensive programs, benefits and entitlements… I am at the point that I will vote against any incumbent regardless the party.

Steve writes:
Yes, I do.

Jam writes:
Hate the government? Move to Somalia, they don't have a government. It's a capitalist utopia. No taxes – but no public works, transportation, police, schools, medical care, etc. No military either, just militias. The perfect place for a government hater.

Judy in Arizona writes:
Hate is a pretty strong word. I don't hate it; I am just tired of those less than 1,000 people who are making the decisions for millions displaying a superiority attitude that says the American public is stupid and couldn't possibly know what is good for us.

Johnson writes:
I don't hate the government, I hate Democrats and Republicans. The Tea Party people aren't helping either. When did this country lose its common sense?

Regina writes:
No, I don't hate the government. It is made up of you and me. The path it is on, a path determined by well-meaning decision with unanticipated consequences, is wrong. WE need to fix what WE have done. Reduce the size of the government, reduce the scale of entitlements, reduce the federal footprint over states' rights. I'm 39 years old, and have been apolitical all my life, but not anymore. It is too much.

Lee writes:
Love my country; the government can go to hell.

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soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. Steven in Santa Monica

    i dont hate the government, i hate the fact that they've stopped working for us, gov has become a self-replicating machine, always needing more resources, and the bigger it gets, the less return we get for our dollar, a dem or republican gets elected and from day one to their last day they're paying out to those who got them elected, the people really dont matter anymore. until we have viable third party candidates there will be no way to check their greedy self-serving behavior, you're only option at the ballot box-will you vote for union handouts or corporate handouts? p.s. they hand out your money

    April 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  2. Ian

    I don't hate Government per say...I dislike the way this Government is ruining the country. I think the Congress and Senate is destroying the American spirit by allowing Big banks and corporate Amercia to steal the dreams of hard working Americans. The current administration has their own agenda and that agenda goes against the grain of American values and traditions. I wish the Demorcrat and Republican Parties would dissolve and we vote in people who want to work for the people, instead of the current policy makers who want to attain privledge and montetary gain from public service. I don't know if the Tea Party is any better than what is in office now. We need ordinary educated people voted into office that will use a common sense approach and pass laws that work in favor of it's citizens. The country is going to hell in a hand basket! God help us! Because the government sure can't and who would want them too?

    April 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  3. William Corcoran

    I've never been a big fan of Govt. I typicaly just ignore politics but for the first time I'm really afraid of the direction America is moving. It seems were moving towards a Euro style Socialist country. The president seems intent to completely destroy capitalism and move us towards a welfare state. A place where 10% unemployment is the norm. I definetly support the tea party and there belief that the constitution is being demolished by this president.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  4. Victor J Kinzer

    I am so sick and tired of all the "I hate the government" blather. I don't hate the government at all. I think they do some stupid things, and they do some things right. What I really wish is that they could wake up and fix the most broken social services they provide. We used to have much higher quality public schools than we have now. We used to have much higher public funding to state universities. We use to have a lot of things. We need Medicare to actually pay doctors for their expenses and some profit. We need kids who are educated well, and not based on the morals of the Texas Board of Education. We need proper IT and transportation infrastructure, and none of that is coming from business. We need it and we need it now. Oh and single payer health care would be nice. For the record, go ahead tax me for it. I only get surly about taxes when I don't get anything back for them.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  5. Michael E. Plank

    I've never been able to figure this out. It is clear that substantively, a substantial majority of the people in this country really want a European style social democracy–jobs, security, guaranteed medical benefits, guaranteed pensions, a clean environment, and protection for their neighborhoods. But try getting them to vote for it. I've been studying this problem for thirty years and I don't pretend to have an answer.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  6. Patrick Galla

    No, I don't hate the government! I thank God that he allowed me to be born in this great coutry. This country has been a beacon of hope since the beginning of our existance. Our government was set up to serve the people, and be represented by her people in our government. What I and countless millions of Americans dislikes is how Democrats & Republicans forgot who they are representing! We the peopel, that's who!
    We are very unhappy with the way this president has pushed the Government into the private sector. The firing of the CEO of GM by President Obama, was the Government working way outside it's executive powers'. The big push for a government led health coverage, that by all the polls there were shown on all the medias' coverage, was that a majority of Americans did not want this health care bill passed. Yet in the Presidents' uncaring attitude of the people that elected him, he still pushed for this huge, huge monstrosity of a bill that is going to change the landscape of what this country is all about. A democracy, not a socialist entity. My daughter married a Canadian, and has been living in Canada for 10 years. I know many Canadians don't want to wait 6-8 months for elective surgery, so they come across the boarder here in NY to pay for what they need done.
    This current administration seems to lake the sensitivity or care of what the people they serve think.
    I hope when November comes, millions upon millions will make their voices heard, then maybe our President and the current administration will realize the power of the people. We will speak with a voice that will shake the professional politicians beyond what they could imagine! Let us get back to the basics of made this country great. Our government has not had any success with social security, and even has problems running the Post Office!

    One very unhappy American!

    Pat Galla

    April 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  7. Mark

    Government is the only entity which can protect working people from unrestricted capitalism. Those who despise government should take time to envision a country without a Food and Drug Administration, a Highway Safety Administration and without a military. It is stunning for anyone to say they "want nothing from" the US government. Without it we would be sold snake oil remedies for cancer, pay private vendors for use of for profit roads and purchase cars that would be deathtraps.
    Government is a victim of its own success. It has been so competent in administering programs that too many people disregard what the country was like before them. Hate government, then give up your Social Security, Medicare and Transportation Security Administration. Government is not the problem; it is the only solution.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  8. John

    NO, I do not hate the US government. After years spending tax dollars on unjust wars and tax breaks for the rich, it is imperative that the government (which is us) stand up for ordinary citizens!

    April 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  9. Paul

    The Federal Government and Congress are our own worst enemy...

    April 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  10. No

    The government is made up of americans, so no I don't hate the government.

    Many tea party and republican members will rant about the government

    Without the goverment we would have no military, police, firefighters and dare I say it healthcare for the poor.

    I know some would rather have people dying in the streets then pay taxes but I don't want to live in a third word country. We do need regulation from the private sector. Businesses are not American anymore just looking for profit at anyones expense.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  11. Bob j.

    I guess that is a yes and no question.I really can't blame obama cause he came into this storm.But yes i think in the past we have.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  12. disgusted independent

    I don't hate the government, just the jerks who got voted in and didn't demonstrate a shred of integrity to live up to the promises they make before every election. I just hope that enough Americans have the spine to send every single incumbent up for election home this November. Washington needs to be purged to remove the arrogance that continues to produce bad decision.


    April 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  13. Ron Braggs

    I absolutely don't hate our government. I think we've had some unfortunate leaders, who did hate the government though. Ronald Reagan, George Bush II and Richard Nixon appear prime candidates to me, that hated our government. It's like this, our government is run by people. People make mistakes, so government is not run as efficiently as it could be. However, I believe most public servants try to do good work, it's just that greed, corruption and incompetence get in their way sometimes. It has been said that most employees in this country work for small business. Well, many, many small businesses fail evey year and without a strong federal government to provide some kind of assistance to displaced workers this country would be a basket case. Anyone remember the depression in this country? I truly believe we live in the greatest country on the face of this earth and it's a shame that not enough Americans even vote or care to voice an intelligent opinion about the direction of our country. Teabaggers lost the civil war, but since President Obama has been elected they now think they can divide and conquer. I truly hope white America realizes they are being duped by these teabaggers. We minorities already know, remember we were slaves, so we know how unintelligent some people can be, while they speak like they know what they are saying. The native Americans said it best "white man speak with forked tongue". And before I get dismissed for being a racist, let me say for the record "I love white people, black people, red, yellow, I love you all. God made you too, and he is in control, even though the devil is very busy.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  14. Eddie USA

    No Jack. Just the Tea Baggers.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  15. ron roschel

    No, I don't hate the Government. I don't even hate the trash (tea) partiers who foam at the mouth about things they don't understand. When they cleanse themselves of the hatred they produce and get rid of the racists in their midst, maybe someone will take them seriously. And please don't tell me it is only a few bad apples. I've been to one of their rallies!

    April 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  16. Loren

    Hating the government is like hating the weather, it is ultimately pointless.

    What I dislike, however, are the elected officials who direct the activities of our government. I am tired of their selfserving and self-perpetuating actions solely concerned with their re-election and without regard to the cost of their schemes to present and future generations.

    We should all remember that it is not the persons who work in the IRS, or in the schools, or the Social Security Administration, but it is only the elected officials who are responsible. Vote them all out.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  17. Manuel in Columbus, Ga.

    Jack, I do not hate the government (personally). But I do believe that the govt. has lost touch with the core principles of The Constitution. The people in Washington have completly lost touch with the American people. Our government is more concered about what the Russians think of us than worried about whats going on here on our soil. No longer is America first in when it comes to dealing with the rest of the world. We are simply the accomidating nation that lets China, Russia, the Middle Eastern nations dictate to us what it is we are to do to please them. I say maybe we ought to go back to an isolationist policy and see how fast those nations start crying foul and end up at war with each other. The American people can live with sacrifice, just look at the results of that sacrifice during WW2.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  18. John

    No, I do not hate the government but I do feel that Americans should always be distrustful of the government.

    Governments should exist to serve the people, unfortunately history is replete with examples of governments that become master to the governed. Our own national history bears many examples, from the Sedition act of 1789 to the seamier aspects of the Patriot act of 2001.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  19. k

    I detest the incompetency, lack of cooperation, partisonship, influence of special interests, the failure to be represented, the failure of our elected officials actually reading and responding to contact instead of the standard form letter that usually does not even come close to addressing the issue related and the fact that (with their 6 figure salary + benefits) they are completely out of touch with those they are supposed to represent. We desparately need term limits!

    April 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  20. runswithbeer

    After 45 years being Pro-America but anti-government for the first time in my life the answer is NO. It's still the same fight with the same folks but NOW, we are the Government. It feels great.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  21. Carl Minneapolis

    Interesting choice of the word "hate." I think most americans would use the word love. Love of country, love of democracy, love of freedom, choice and opportunity. In any government there are things we like and things we don't like, but in the end, our government is a reflection of us. If we truly want change, the first step is to accept reality, and stop using irreverent language like the word "hate."

    April 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  22. John - San Diego, CA

    These people need to cool off and go home and rest. The trillion debt is what it is, and no amount of hollering is going to change that number. Taxes haven't really gone up – so what is the big deal there? Even if and when they do go up a bit, so what? These tea baggers are generally old, white and conservatives. They are gladly taking their Social Security (or soon will be), they are gladly taking Medicare (or soon will be), they are gladly taking Medicare Part D for all the pills that they take (or soon will be), they are gladly welcoming the new health care plans which will cover a number of them who are without any health insurance coverage now, or are having to pay outrageous monthly premiums, they are gladly taking . . . . . . . . etc.
    You get the idea. So what are they yelling about? We have already bailed out the banks and such institutions (thanks George), we have already spent a triliion+ on the two wars (thanks George), we have already bailed out the car manufacturers (thanks President Obama.)
    So these things are over. I believe that a lot of these people are just
    racists who cannot believe that we have elected a black President.
    Some of these "baggers" are so dumb that they think President Obama is not legit because he was not born in the U.S.??? There is no reason to hate the government. We should hate big business for our loss of jobs, and the illegal immigration problem, – not the government. Big business is trying every way possible to drive wages down – even those of the tea baggers. Put your flags down, and open your eyes for once.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  23. Greg, Ontario

    I have met people from all over the world and I have never met anyone that said they liked thier government. Being some what free people, we don't like anyone who has the power to effect our lives, whether we like it or not. It's human nature Jack. The only government that could ever be liked is one that could provide everything we need as a country (defense, health care, security etc.) and not take a dime off our pay checks or add to the prices we pay for things. Hell they don't even have governments like that on Star Trek. We did the tea party thing here ( The Reform Party) and all it did was cut the conservative party (our GOP) in half and allow the LIberals to gut our country with spending for 12 years. They are more than the democrats could hope for.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  24. Chris

    Is it big government that is the problem, or is it the lobbyists and big business that the tea party is against? Like most Americans I am tired of my tax money going to big banks, fighting wars for big oil and paying for the poorly run auto industry's mistakes.

    However, these are not due to big government!! It's big business and their lobbyists !! The Auto and Bank giants have gotten so big that we can't afford to let them fail without destroying the economy (Lack of regulation and accountability). Businesses have gotten so out of control that they have more influence in government than the American people without even casting a vote, Most of the biggest companies get away without paying ANY income tax. I don't mind reasonable taxes as long as I'm getting something for my money and everyone pays them.

    In short, You can't be short sided. Dig deeper than the surface and find the root cause of why our govenment is not listening to the American People! Direct opposition to government and regulation will not take the country forward!

    April 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  25. Alex Turner

    This country was founded on freedom from undue tiranny, taxation, and the right of a people to self govern. I see the polar opposite happening, and a group of leftists who don't see anything wrong with that. People are wary and many are voicing out.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  26. Ruth in Oregon

    No, I don't hate the government. I love that we have roads and schools and police protection, libraries and national parks. I love that my elderly mother has Medicare when she needs it and can collect Social Security to help her get through the month. We have a strong military and lots of veterans to take care of. Taxes are what pay for these services and I don't mind paying taxes. I do mind when large corporations do not pay taxes. The government is not perfect but I think President Obama is on the right track.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  27. Tony, Houston Texas

    No, I don't "hate" the Government. I think our politicians are misguided and the system could use an overhaul. I would scrap the current system and apportion an EQUAL number of seats per party in the House and the Senate and let all issues be voted by a true majority based on the merits of the issue. If a vote is deadlocked along party lines, then the People break the tie. This is after all a Government of the People, by the People, for the People.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  28. Don from Saint Louis

    Absolutely not.

    One of the freedoms we enjoy is to vote our government out if we are not satisfied with their results. Well, if you're unsatisfied, maybe it's time to do that. One of your earlier blogs describing 'insanity as voting the same people into office and expecting different results' pretty much tells it like it is. If my on-the-job performance is poor my boss will fire me and do it without mercy. We have the right to apply the same principle to our elected officials.

    We also have the right to vote for individuals instead of voting for someone because of their party affiliation. I wish more people would exercise that right. It's not a football game. One team winning isn't necessarily a victory. Let's mix it up a bit! Vote for the best person regardless of their party affiliation. Research your candidates folks! Elected officials are our choice. Let's choose wisely.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  29. Mike in KC


    I do not hate the government. I love the Constitution, what it stands for and how it has adapted for over 200 years. I love the young men and women for wear a military uniform on foreign soil. I love the sight of our flag on June 6, July 4, December 7, etc. I love that for all our weaknesses as a nation, we are strongest in times of great turmoil. I HATE the currrent selfserving culprits (both sides of the aisle) who are only looking to get re-elected instead of making difficult decisions and doing what is best for the country.


    April 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  30. Michael Bauman

    I don't hate the governement, I hate the lust of power, corruption, lies and greed that seem to motivate those in government, labor unions and those that control the majority of capital in the business world and the media

    We have lost the ability to be shamed. A question that brought down McCarthy would not have an ounce of impact any more. Yet I am forced to ask it of all our putative leaders: "Have you no shame?"

    April 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  31. Laurie

    American government was supposed to be a government for the people by the people. The "government " is for themselves and to hell with "the people". I am sure I am not the only one who has noticed that every member of our "government" are rich and politcally connected, you have to be to get elected. When one is serving one's self you can't serve any one else. So my answer YES.

    Albuquerque, NM

    April 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  32. Joan Inlow

    Of course I don't hate the government. I think the (US) government does a pretty fine job of serving me and my family and sets the stage for us to have a prosperous and peaceful life. And the price is not bad (~22% of gross income for state and fed over the last 20 years for our family).

    There are areas that need improving and I don't agree with everything the government does but that's no reason to be hostile towards it. We've got a good thing going here. Folks need to drop the hate speech altogether when refering to the government. It gets us nowhere.

    San Diego, California

    April 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  33. GLO

    No, in fact I'm thrilled that we no longer have corrupt, dishonest, greedy, war mongers in office, and actually have a president who stands up for the middle class. Barack Obama is a brilliant, kind, and decent man who is a role model for fatherhood, marriage, and exemplifies real Christian values in the way he lives his life and governs the nation. He is far more conservative (moderate) than the right wing extremists who oppose him, and his even handed diplomacy just may keep more of our soldiers alive and lessen the attacks on our country and allies by Islamic terrorists. He and the Justice department have been doing a fine job fighting terrorists and keeping us safe. And I like the new method of employing diplomatic methods and understanding as opposed to the cowboy provocations of John "Dubya" Wayne. I think the country would be a better place if the Republicans did the the job they were elected to do and help craft legislation instead of supporting and aiding anarchy and extremist mobs. And there should be a law agains't the outright lies and fascist propaganda spewed to non-readers by Rupert Murdoch and the smarmy, smirking twits on FOX. GOP dirty tricks continue despite and because they LOST the election.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  34. Darwin B Phillips

    Actually I hate people who hate the Government, they are just like people who say they don't believe in a higher spirit, the minute the stuff hits the Fan, the first thing out of thier mouthes is "OH GOD"

    Northwoods Of New England

    April 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  35. anon

    yes, government is out of control. they stopped working for the people who voted them into office long ago. their priority is to their own self serving agendas. they have ignored the will of the people. in my household, if i don't have the money to spend then i do without. washington continues to spend and spend big and never look at ways at tightening the belt. they keep printing their fake money to fund their special interest projects. the size of government is the only thing that has grown this last year and that is on our tax payer dime. the private sector job growth is negative and doesn't look like their is an end in sight. talk of taxing more with the VAT (value added tax) – is this how they get around the no new income taxes for people making under $250M? interject a federal sales tax instead! people wake up, they've taken the country too far left and they are hoping that we never wake up – but come elections for 2010, i sincerely hope that america votes them all out and new blood gets in – term limits should be on the agenda to keep a continual flow of new blood before our elected officials fall prey to the back pockets of their special interest cronies. no more lifers should be allowed anywhrere in congress or washington. Public Service 2 terms or 12 years max.

    In the words of survivor, the tribe has spoken!

    April 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  36. Leo Leary

    Leo Leary
    Springfield, MA

    I love my country!
    I just don't like being lied to.

    Taxes will not be raised for anyone under $250,000 income?
    1 month into OBAMA's presidency he raises cigarette taxes 156%

    The Bush tax cuts will be left to expire.
    The Health care bill will raise taxes Now a VAT???

    You can keep your heath care.
    Then why is the new Healtgh care bill taking away the federal
    tax credit for employers providing retirees health care.?
    I may get dropped!
    Bushes highets deficate 550 Billion
    OBAMA's 1.3 Trillion?

    April 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  37. matt

    dissaporinted yes..,hate .... No and if I did I would have to hate myself because "WE" are supposed to be the government so if we want a better one we should get off our lazy sses and vote and pay attention to how your goverment works. Complain only if you are involved and informed .........I can't stress the importance of the latter.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  38. gloria hickman

    No, I don't hate the government and, when pressed to name big-budget items (apart from Health Reform) that should be cut, I'll bet most "government haters" can't come up with much. They hate socialism, but love Medicare; want to save money, but don't want cuts to their local programs; want candidates to follow the Constitution, but forget the phrase "promote the General Welfare." I think these government haters are just Republicans who never got over losing the Nov. '08 elections. Someday they'll be back in power and, voila, they will love government again.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  39. Paul, PE

    I find it humorous how an American public can hate a president who is trying to improve the well-being of its citizens as opposed to cutting taxes for the rich or initiating wars on sovereign nations. Its fair to be worried about the deficit or other individual issues, but hate is a strong word that get thrown around far too casually. I'm cynical, but I am personally relieved that the general public isn't in charge, they'd govern by straw polls to make decisions.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  40. Tom L.

    Before I get told I'm just a typical angry person full of hate, let me clarify....I'm unhappy with a government that does not listen to the people. I'm unhappy with a government that tries to over-reach on its responsibilities. I'm unhappy with a government that has no checks or balances and does just what its side wants without regard for the other side. I'm unhappy with a government arrogant enough to tell a group of 10% of Americans (TEA Party) that the government knows better and condescendingly says that they should be thankful. That is what I am unhappy with

    Los Angeles, CA .

    April 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  41. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio


    We are not getting the change that the American working taxpayers need and deserve.We have grown to hate this. We do not get the government we vote for, based on campaign promises, we hate that. We are treated as ignorant children and have our perceptions molded to ensure party success and that all we need is hope. After they are elected and hope is dashed, we are then supposed to trust government officials, we hate that. Instead of legislative craft, we get the shaft. We really hate that! So do we hate government. No, government is an institution. Do we hate government officials? We justifiably deplore the forgiveness instead of prosecuting the officials'
    tax evading, panty raiding, pedophiling, lying, wasting scumbags (men, women, straight or other sexual option) doing their crimes against the citizenry and the Constitution. We have no hard feelings for honest, frugal, truthful and hardworking elected officials dililgently representing their constituency and the nation. I do have this request for the media, please name one !

    April 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  42. John

    Yes!!! Iam a disabled veteran and retired military, any questions?

    April 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  43. Sue

    No, I don't. I'd take the government over the fat cat banksters and corporates any day. They're the ones that are screwing the middle class and taking it down. It baffles me that the very people who are "tea partying" saw their taxes go down this past year. How do people think this country pays for that expected American way of life? By the way, Wall Street loves the tea baggers. They can just sit back and let the ill-informed protesters do the work for them. We have an administration that is more for the "little guy" now than we've seen in years.

    So let's just get rid of government., quit sending our kids to school, let the houses burn, make sure that we're all sitting on our front porch with a gun, and enjoy our 1850's way of life once again. Screw the children, the less fortunate and screw the elderly. It's a me, me, me world after all. – Minneapolis, MN

    April 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  44. Maria

    Do I hate our government? I despise it and I am embarrassed that I am an American citizens! The sad thing is.. we the people.. will never stand up to our government. To afraid to lose their precious possessions. So our government will walk all over us until we actually stand up against them. I will never again vote for anyone running for office.. Why? To quote a great song from Motorhead.." All my promises are lies. All my love is hate. I am the politician and I decide your fate!"

    April 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  45. Hank

    No, I actually love the government more than ever. You have to remember that only about 10-20% of people consider themselves Tea Party supporters. They are a *very loud* minority, but that shouldn't overshadow the rest of the population. As a practical liberal, I still share concerns about deficits, abuse, and waste, but I don't think we should throw the baby out with the bath water.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  46. Scott Plante

    No, I do not hate the government – for the government is us. Starting with Reagan, we were told we could eat the candy and not have to pay for it – and now we have to pay for it. Over time, the right wing has helped create an anti-government fervor and we are reaping what they have sowed.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  47. JC

    Do I hate the government? Everyone wants to blame the government but that's just part of the problem. The real issue in this country is the voters but know one dares say it. If so many people hate the government in a democracy, you have to ask yourself how stupid the majority of voters are.

    They vote for the Republicans then get mad at them so they vote for the Democrats. Then when that doesn't work, they go back to the Republicans. Most of these democrats and republicans are payed by the same corporations and special interests. Stop making your decisions based on stupid sound bites on FOX, MSNBC, and CNN or from the oversimplified, uninformed, and sometimes idiotic message from the tea party.

    If you aren't willing to take just a little time to find out what you are actually voting for, you should do yourself and your country a favor and just not vote.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  48. Chris C - Ohio

    No, I do not hate the gov't – I dislike this type of gov't. I merely want the federal gov't to operate smaller and the non-stop spending is mind-boggling. Seriously, this Administration and Congress expect us to believe that all of the spending will be paid for with cuts in some programs and no tax increases for the middle and lower class – I don't think so.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  49. Jas

    The present government is doing a fine job overall given the mess that was dumped on it by the previous administration. For example, a healthy population is as important to the present and future well being of this country as a well educated electorate is to our continued growth and leadership. I fear this country is becoming divided by misguided self interests and unless 'we the people' refocus on serving the collective 'we' than our time in history will surly pass.
    I wish that the Tea Party movement would spend less effort stirring the pot of controversy and more time on positive discourse. As a nation, we need to build from our common good, not from overblown emotional reactions.
    We owe it to ourselves, our children, future generations, and the world to continue to be a beacon of democracy and decency for all.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  50. Joe in CT.

    Hate might be a bit strong but distrust isn't. All those Washington blue hairs are concerned about are themselves, and that goes for both parties. They just don't get it and short of another civil war they won't.
    I own a small business. I recently tried to have my credit line increased. What to know what the answer was?

    April 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  51. Dan ( Centerville, Ohio )

    Government is awful until it comes to the subject of relinquishing their Social Security checks or giving up their Medicare. They say those are good expenditures. Who are these misinformed individuals trying to kid ? What a bunch of losers.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  52. Michael Leggett

    No. I do not "hate" anything or anyone. However, I find our US Government in contemp and has contempt of the citizens in this land.
    BUT, the government-who is elected by its voters-is a reflection of its voters. Sadly, too many under-educated individuals elect officials that promise goodies in exchange for the vote.

    Until ALL citizens quit expecting a hand-out, I am afraid we are doomed to fail as a nation, very much like the great societies of times past: the Roman Empire, the British Empire and others only historians could recite.

    What I sense is a complete disregard for the welfare of the United States: protection of its Constitution, protection of its borders from immigration of all kinds, and then the responsibility to manage its finances and live within its means. The most important is the first two: the defense of this land and Constitution. Somehow, this Government is hell bent on caring about what other nations think. Do you think they care what we think? At one time, they did. Now, we are being ruled by feelings and the heart instead of the "head". Queen Elizabeth (1558) learned the hard way: she was almost assinated because she wanted the former.

    HO hum. Yes. I am disgusted with our leadership, and I voted for the man whom I really wanted to succeed. I am fearful he will ruin this nation and so many of our elected officials are simply giving themselves pay raises while the State of the Union goes bankrupt.

    Hate the Government? No. I pray for them all. They will succeed at destroying this nation. Thanks to quantum physics and the microchip, they'll do what it took Rome one thousand years, they will destroy this nation in less than 75.

    As a Media, I pray you expose the evil that will ruin this land so that we can fix our situation before we find 911 just a minor inconvenience.

    Salisbury, NC

    April 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm |

    TeaParty, Really? My county is about to dump a 100 school buses so middle school and high school kids can walk several miles and ride together so we can save a few $$, How is that Washingtons issue. If you must rant around, proceed to you local govt before jetting to capitol hill.
    Oh and dont forget to vote Sarah for President. She knows A Lot on saving us from Big GOVT.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  54. Rich of CO

    Which government? I like my state and local governments, most of the time. The federal government – not so much. "Hate" is a strong and loaded word, but "despise" and "loathe" come to mind. Most importantly, I don't respect the feds. The next step is to disobey – after all, they've disobeyed us a lot recently.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  55. tom

    No, but I am very disappointed (but not surprised) by their (in)action these last several years. And it seems to be getting worse. I am still unemployed in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  56. T. Allen Blackburn

    No I do not hate the government. I hate the liars that have pushed people to the hatred of the government. The corporations who put our jobs overseas so that there are no jobs left in America. Reagan whose trickle down economics was a big lie to transfer wealth to the wealthiest Americans imaginable. Reagan's policies of starving the beast so that average Americans, who benefit from Medicare and Social Security, would be railing about how these programs have to end which is the last vestige of wealth left to plunder. If we would have bought in to Bush's policy of privatizing Social Security, what is left of our personal portfolios would be in the hands of Wall Street who, after taking all of their commissions, would have left our money drained in the worst banking and stock scandal imaginable. Wake up people because the government is designed to protect from corporate America who has shown time and time again that it has no conscience and exists to make a profit at the expense of people.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  57. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    I don't hate the government, I hate the irrational beliefs of those who say they do. We have people saying they want to end government spending and control, yet they all seem to love the military, social security and medicare (all run by the government), and they seem to want the government to rule in matters of their morals (ie – banning gay marriage). And keep in mind this debate is happening when we are in a recession that was caused by a private financial run amok with too little oversight by the government. I only wish these people would have spoken up when the US was wiretapping its own citizens and spending billions in unnecessary wars.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  58. Todd

    I hate the federal government. Each state should mostly govern themselves with the exception of "common sense" laws coming from the federal government. It is ridiculous to think that people in California have the same morals as the people thousands of miles away in Alaska or Maine which is why laws should depend on the people who live in the corresponding area. Different people in different parts of the world share different values.

    The federal government should be the smallest government; other than foreign policy issues it should simply serve as a bridge for the states' own governments.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  59. Don

    I am sorry that there is an group that is willing to think that Palin is the end all and that she can cure all ills. The national legislature is broken and all of them should be removed and we should be all equally represented. I would favor a house at 1 rep per 20,000 people and a senate of 1 per state. The tetms to be six years with no chance to be re-elected ever. Also no aids to help them and only six months a year to do the budget and go home with no pay or anthing else.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  60. Leisa Price

    I don't know if one can say, "I hate the government" without assigning names to those you hate in the process. No, I don't hate people, but I sure do hate some of their ways. I don't like paying taxes to murder those in the womb, I don't agree with making laws to keep people bound in the sin of homosexuality... I don't agree with any laws which contradict God's Word, the Bible. I know others won't agree with me, and everyone has a right to their opinion. But remember, God will have the last Word.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm |

    . We have the greatest country in the world and the greatest constition ever written. Having said that the problem is that we have allowed the special interests to take over the congress & the office of President to make laws,spend money to line up the pockets of special interests and not look out for the People. The middle class as we know is no longer is being represented.




    April 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  62. Moki, Tucson

    I don't hate the government, I'm frustrated by government. I'd like to feel like I have a voice in government which I do not feel.

    I love our country, but I'm frustrated by the government.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  63. J

    This is now an argument and not a debate. It is funny that people are asking a new group of politicians to make new changes. The word here is polticians.
    Minorities used to despise the government, and the majority embraced it. Oh my how the tables have turned.. Maybe we can now say if you don't like it leave.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  64. RickFromDetroit

    ??? Governments are run by people and people can corrupt a government like they can corrupt anything else. If we have a government that represents the people I definitely support the government, however, when we have a government that is run by a bunch of worthless gangsters that steals from the hand that feeds them, then it is time for reform. Government policies can affect everyone from the person living on the street to the wealthiest person on the planet and the reason some countries have a large amount of wealthy is because the gangsters have corrupted the government so the criminals can legally steal everything they can get their hands on, like funneling peoples paychecks and benefits into the stock market so the organized crime figures can build their mansions, drive their luxury autos, and vacation around the world at our expense. A government that represents the people will provide for everyone before allowing the wealth to be unevenly be distributed.

    When a government can not provide all of its citizens with housing, food, health care, education, and retirement, then the government is a complete failure and it should be torn down and rebuilt from the ground up, like many of the fascist European governments were in the 1940's.

    All it takes to corrupt an entire country is a handful of these right wing gangsters in places of government, the judicial and legal system, and the business sector, and they will transform the entire country into an organized crime syndicate where they can extort and embezzle more money in one day than the average person will honestly earn in their lifetime and then blame the government for the mess they made.

    These gangsters are nowhere near as smart as they think they are, but they use their connections to cover up all of the crimes they commit and to influence the mainstream of society, who for the most part, are unaware of the scandals that are occurring right under their noses.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  65. Kent

    Not at all. The people are pretty strange though. Makes you realize sometime just how low the lowest common denominator can be. Should have elections every two years so that neither side has control of the wheel long enough to drive us into a ditch. Watched Dick Armey on the tube last night and reminded me about how its all about branding. Some of the actions taken by Bush Cheney so damaged the Republican brand the Tea Party had to be formed to house all of those anti government types who had given up on their Republican ties. Maybe people like Armey can get them under the Tea Bag tent and then lead them back to the fold.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  66. Mike in Scottsdale

    I almost forgot.

    I hate the fact that our government is becoming the government that was the driving force in the creation of this country. It is not a monarchy or a dictatorship but it is becoming some mix of the two. The rich are becoming a ruling class and everyone else are becoming surfs.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  67. Pat Stamm

    Hi Jack: We hate gov and big business.!!!!!!!!!!They have conspired to put this country in the trouble it is in today!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  68. Mary

    No, I do not hate my government. We are in a mess and we put ourselves there collectively. We got what we asked for and now we have to pay for it and people are now blaming the government – well folks we are the government for the people and by the people.

    The Republican Party sold its soul to the neoconservates and the religious right and the last 8 years of two wars and lowered taxes for the rich I might remind people have put us in this mess along with the degregulation fervor of President Reagan.

    We are all in the same boat and I'm staying with the guy I voted for and know that with grace and intellect he hopefully will lead us out of this mess or at least start the path to that goal.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  69. Greg Morgan

    Do I hate having someone inspecting foods to make sure they're safe? Do I hate having people who don't have a vested interest in marketing a drug testing it to see if it's safe and effective? Do I hate having a system of highways? Do I hate having professionals investigating crimes and available within minutes in case of any emergency I might encounter? Do I hate having a strong military to protect our country? Do I hate getting my Social Security checks every month without fail? Do I hate having federal agencies to keep air travel safe? Do I hate the Constitution, and the three branches of federal government that it establishes? Do I hate having the right to vote in order to make my wishes known? Do I hate the freedom that our government ensures me? It baffles me that anyone is crazy enough to hate these and all the other good things that our government, at all levels, does for us.

    Greg M.
    Jacksonville, FL

    April 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  70. Karl from SF, CA

    I love my government. It’s still the best one in the world. Unfortunately a lot of actions on the part of the last administration are being blamed on the current one. Where was the Tea Party pre-Obama, you know, the Black President? Anyone, particularly seniors who think they want smaller government need to remember their Social Security and Medicare benefit are a big part of that big government and unless they are ready to go on without those benefits, they need to reconsider their stance. Republican lies over the past year have inflamed the situation, too. People need to get the facts before they react.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  71. honestjohn in Vermont

    Nope. Don't hate the government and I think the tea-baggers have some mis-placed anger. Banks and Wall Street would be a different matter altogether.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  72. Tom in Salem, Oregon

    No. I don't. If you hate government, you must hate the military, you must hate those folks who ensure safe air travel, you must hate those who make sure our food supply is safe and many other folks who ensure our safety and security. Tea partiers are a dying breed. White, rich, old and privileged. Funny thing- it's their generation that screwed things up. Sure, they'll march out their token young folks or minorities- but we know it's a sham.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  73. Brian

    No I don't hate the goverment, I think they all care about elections and their own self needs/agenda.

    Especially here in California where they have ruined, what used to be one the best states to live and do business

    April 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  74. James M. Naughton

    I hate the arrogance and audacity that service in Washington, at the Executive and Legislative levels of our Federal Government ,inevitably seems to engender among those that populate these ranks. Machiavelli had it right so many centuries ago when he wrote of "Absolute Power" and the coruption that is soon too follow. I am sick and tired of bloted, self serving politicians from both parties that never go away. They feed on our tax dollars year after year, using our hard earned wages to buy voting blocks and garner influence, not for the purpose of serving but simply to secure their office. The time for term limits at all levels of government is long past. De facto, tenured service is destroying our Nation. Rome is on fire and Nero is fiddling.

    This administration ( and those before ) and its allies have mortagaged our Nation's future for generations to come. No one can intelligently argue this point. Our society's producers are being minimalized, marginallized and demonized. One day, not too long from now, there will be an accounting and no one left to pay the bills. And then, just maybe, all of the pathetic demagogues impersonating men and women of service in our Nation's capitol will go home and leave us to rebuild from the ruins!

    April 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  75. Woody Tolson

    Wahington/Whoever the President is bashing is not new, it is just louder because of all the attention paid to it. I am a little older and I remember the Vietnam War era when people took to the streets and actually bombed gov't buildings and so on, the rhetoric then was similar from the other side of the political spectrum. It comes and it goes, but the nation lives on. It is dangerous to individuals trying to make a difference and who get caught in the crossfire, and it is overly emotional. I do not hate the government even though I don't agree with everything that is done. The government is who and what we say it is with our votes, that is the American way of doing things and it has worked pretty well so far. The nation will live on well beyond the tea party or Obama or you or me. Hate never wins, and love never dies.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  76. Melissa Springer

    I love the people who feel we aren't following the Constitution. Well, yeah, let us go back to the original...women can't own property, can't vote, men can own other people and beat them, sell them, kill them...yeah, good idea. Let's go back..... The Contitution must change with evolving times otherwise it will ultimately fail.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  77. Andre

    No, I don't hate the government. There are lots of things that have gone wrong over the years, but government is not inherently evil. We need to be a more educated elecorate and more active in our democracy. Who do the "Tea Party" Folk think is protecting their right to protest. Who are the monied people who are financing the Tea Party Movement???? This would not happen in China, North Korea, Iran and numerous other countries. People are so fond of saying: If you don't love "America," leave it... What makes them think they are the only REAL AMERICANS!!!!!

    April 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  78. Charly in Del Mar

    No – I don't hate the government. I hate the politics that separate the politicians from the voters. Government is a good idea – the justice system, the fire and police – education – all good ideas. Health care – love it. Government workers retiring at 50 with full benefits while I struggle and fighting, bickering, power-hungry politicians living and retiring off my dime – that I hate.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  79. randy

    The problem is the Government doesn't do anything that any reasonable person would do. They blow money on countless crap, they give money away to foreign countries, they screw everybody here in America. The tax system is BS i can't afford to pay 13% of my income in taxes along with a house payment, utilities, car payment. etc. now if i was a millionaire i guess i could afford 20%. If the rich people want to hold us little guys down along with the government then they should be paying for all the welfare recipients not me. And who pays for all those washington cocktail parties anyway?

    April 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  80. Billy, NYC

    I do not like to use the word "hate" in my conversation with others; especially children and young people. We can dislike things, people or situations. We can disagree with the government policy. Hate induces violence and foster ignorance. This is not the education and examples we want to pass to the next generation.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  81. me

    "I'm unhappy with a government that does not listen to the people. . . . I'm unhappy with a government arrogant enough to tell a group of 10% of Americans (TEA Party) that the government knows better and condescendingly says that they should be thankful."

    So the Obama administration should base policy on 10% of the population (which did not vote for him and woul dnever have voted for him) rather than the 52% of the voting population that voted for him, supports his policies, etc.? 52% of the people were in favor of the healthcare bill or wanted a more socialized version of it, but the minority should dictate? When Bush was president, did the "minority" have ANY say whatsoever? And that minority was about 50%.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  82. Harchand

    Jack !This is a necessory evil that all civil people need otherwise join that tea party which is a flock of pigs who need freedom to play in mud.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  83. Ray Rito

    I love our government I just hate how it has allowed itself to be bought /controledbuy war mongering interestrs and corporate pressures..
    Solution: Return EVERY serviceman/woman to our homeland.
    We have NO business dictating what other countries do to themselves.
    If we have to deal with terorists... do it from the air. NO MORE American servicepersons need die in countries that we are not welcome in.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  84. Andre

    No, I don't hate the government. There are lots of things that have gone wrong over the years, but government is not inherently evil. We need to be a more educated elecorate and more active in our democracy. Who do the "Tea Party" Folk think is protecting their right to protest. Who are the monied people who are financing the Tea Party Movement???? This would not happen in China, North Korea, Iran and numerous other countries. People are so fond of saying: If you don't love "America," leave it... What makes them think they are the only REAL AMERICANS??????

    April 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  85. Ross


    I not only hate, but despise what our government has become in the past 20 years. Both sides press their ideologies, yet shirk any kind of responsibility for their policies. They cheer when they pass laws but never want to do a post-morten on the results once the legislative process is completed.
    When either side is caught in questionable circumstance, they like children say the other side started it and thus they are not at fault. They talk in generalities and create policies that are constantly open for interpretation due the unneeded complexity and/or vagueness of their "solutions".
    Please give me a reason to like our government without some touchy feely garbage about patriotism or being the greatest nation on earth as I am too old for pep rallies and unfortunately pay too much attention to the realities.


    April 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  86. Anthony Lucio

    No, I do not hate the government. I'm not saying I love it either, but I am truly grateful that it exists. We shouldn't fear that the government is getting to big. It is simply trying take care of the basic necessities of the people (ie HEALTHCARE). other countries (in better health) are doing this, and they're not waiving the red flag. Let's just calm down and let the government do its job.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  87. Abe

    No hate for government.
    I believe it *can* work and all this "bickering" is healthy – though I worry about how well informed the average person really is and how it would appear that many of our elected reps are willing to allow misinformation stand if it goes in their favor.

    THAT'S where my serious concerns are – the "professional" politician that is willing to forgo responsible courses of action in the favor of pandering for re-election.


    April 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  88. John

    I'm from Lafayette,In. no i don't hate the government,but i wish the Republican and Democrats would work together they might get something done for the people who they work for.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  89. Jeff

    No, I don't hate the government. I am a patriot. Only traitors hate the government

    April 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  90. jack coppersmith

    No I don't hate the government! This whole hysteria is being ginned up by forces of evil that the poor boobs on the front line of the TP rallies don't even know about. I'm a WW II infantryman who is distressed at the manipulation of our democracy by big business, wall street, millionaire demagogues in the media, and a biased supreme court that equates corporations with individuals. I didn't fight for this!
    There was once a movie called NETWORK by Paddy Chayefsky that in retrospect, is scary in that much of what is happening now was in that movie! The character played by Ned Beatty delivered a chastising to the character called Howard Beale that foretold what we have now.

    Oh and don't think for a minute that a lot of the people in the TP aren't in it because they don't like a President who, unlike the last one, is a black man who is a lot smarter than they are.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  91. Ron

    Gee Jack, what a question to ask. Stir up the anti government chatter. Jack, don't you notice the irresponsible, corporate sponsored, lie driven campaign against the government. All you are doing is fanning the fire. Can you smell the ratings? Where was all this hate and complaining about big government and spending when Bush was driving up the deficit?

    April 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  92. Victor Cuadra from Livermore, CA


    To be fair, it is not the government that is the problem, just the people who are running it. I won't say I hate our government, but I will say I hate the people who are in charge.

    How many special interest groups have their hands in the pockets of our politicians? How many votes are being bought by bribes? Oh excuse me: "campaign contributions?"

    The Federal Reserve? Please, let's not get started on that one. People don't even realize that we are being run by a group of private bankers. If you actually think that the people who control the money supply of an entire country as large as the United States do not have any power or say in the government they are supplying, you are very naive.

    The system is broken, and to be honest, I don't see how anybody could trust anybody in Washington, Republican or Democrat. These people need to be thrown out by a citizens march on Washington under the protection of the US Military who are sworn to protect the people of this nation from enemies both foreign and domestic. The politicians in this country are without a doubt the biggest threat to the future of the United States.

    While we have many enemies over-seas, there are plenty of enemies within our own borders. Just look in Washington, and you will see who they are. As far as I am concerned, we have a bunch of traitors in Washington who have sold out our country.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  93. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    It's a necessary evil. I may hate certain people in government, but I understand its role. Unfortunately, our government officials do not. People need to realize a government big enough to give you everything is also big enough to take it all away. This is why it is important to limit the Federal gvt's power. It needs to provide for a common defense, infrastructure and pro-competition, common-sense oversite of industries. But the government does far more and they do it inefficiently and poorly.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  94. Darrell Hampton

    NO! I do not hate my government. Even when George W. Bush was president, the worse one in history, I didn’t hate my own government. I am an American, a Veteran and a Patriot, I will never hate the United States of America or our constitutionally established government. It’s amazing that the so-called “America haters” only resurrect themselves after Democrats when leadership of the country. Makes you wonder just how much Republican manipulation is going on here.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  95. Steve

    Yes, I do.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  96. Luis Teixeira

    No I don hate the goverment...but I got cross feelings, how the goverment can allow the violence, hate,and racism from politics and not do nothing, how the goverment can allow leave the mayority despite the immigrant hispanic comunity...and no do anything agains that, how the goverment can talk about protect the life when let that extremist people like anti immigrants treath so bad a whole hipanic comunity and not do nothing, people at this moment hispanic beleive compare this moment with the nazi holocaust, and ignore the situation, even janet napolitano tell that is egnought and they don't do nothing...

    April 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  97. Mac, from vienna ,VA

    No Jack i don't hate the goverment it is trying to fix all the problem that they inherited, give them a break no goverment in the face of the earth can satisfy everybody"s need.Look Jack we all human beings we will never be happy everyday we have something to complain about we should look up and thank GOD!

    April 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  98. yvonne

    Hate doesn't quite describe how I feel about our big fat government felons. Despise is the word I use.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  99. David

    I hate the fact that government would rather work for corporate entities rather than people. Why have they stripped all our protections away and allow companies to declare bankruptcy at will? Will I ever get protection form Sallie Mae? Not in my life time.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  100. tom thorp

    Why would I hate government ? (at least not "this" government, hehehehe). Serious, what would the world's most powerful nation do without a functioning strong government? I mean strong government that is not afraid to make decisions for the greater good. We had to "endure" strong (secretive , overpowering) government under George W. Now let's try a new approach.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  101. jimmy

    No, I do not hate government, we must have a government. I am really, really disapointed in our government. Career polititions have sold their souls to lobbyists. We need to abolish all parties and let individuals run on the issues that are in the best interest for "We The People", not "We The Rich and Connected".

    April 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  102. Brendan

    The Tea Party doesn't hate "government," it hates unconstitutional government. It opposes tyranny in all its forms, be it soft (where we are) or hard (where we're heading.) The movement continues to be mischaracterized by those unable to challenge its principles on their merits, as they are the same principles America was founded on and continues to celebrate.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  103. Irfo

    There's a word for people who truly hate the government: Anarchists.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  104. James

    No, I don't hate Government. It is the embodiement of democratic ideals and everyones equality. It protects my rights and citizenship. I just want it to work better. Conservatives & Libertarians HATE government BECAUSE it protects everyones rights, equality and citizenship. They think themselves superior to everyone else and that they should be treated specially.
    Conservatives & Libertarians despise the idea that all people are equal and hate to see others receive the full benefits of a free, open society. Their hatred of Government is an expression of their hatred for the rest of us, the great majority.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  105. Matt in Vermont

    No, I don't hate the government, I just don't trust it: the warning to "never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups" seems to fit.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  106. Diana

    Jack – It is just the word "hate" that scares me. We all have a right to disagree with our politicians and also have rallies and assemblies to voice our disagreement. I don't hate the government but I disagree with a lot of things that go on within it. I watched a Tea Party meeting yesterday in our public square. The signs were strange such as "Global warming is a hoax" and some others which seemed only to me to show the carrier's ignorance. The meeting was peaceful but what sent chills through me was the fact that a few of these people were very obviously carrying firearms. Were they just expecting trouble or rather hoping for it? I don't know what is happening in this country but I do feel that inciting unstable people to feel hatred and think about violence toward politicians and our president is maybe not illegal but it is immoral. Diana in Maryland

    April 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  107. yvonne

    I hate what the government has become. I thought we made that perfectly clear when we created the Reform Party with Ross Perot.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  108. Allen from Minnesota

    No the government is fine as a democracy as you can ask for ,however the self serving (now I am elected time to start campaigning again for next time and to heck with what I got elected to do) politicians who are running it are ,well lets say they leave something to be desired. But we can blame it on our selves by not holding them to the high standards they claim to have when campaigning. And till we understand that there are more than two parties and a vote for a non Democrat or Republican is not a wasted vote but a statement of belief ,we got no one but ourselves to blame.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  109. oldfuzz

    No. I vote. I am part of the government. Self-hatred is a mental disorder.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  110. MJ

    Jack,Your question should be ,is there too much gov't. in your life/ Using the word hate is dangerous and can lead to unhealthy attitudes and unrest. The media must tone down the rhetoric while still allowing Americans to express their views about their gov't.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  111. Jan

    I don't hate government but I sure don't trust it or agree with the current philosophy of bail-outs and reckless spending.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  112. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugervile Texas

    Jack, I hate the government lack of accountability. The government that it has become it's own monster. It is now a self serving self perpetuating monster that is really out of touch with reality. What other entity do you know that can print it's own money to cover over spending and not be really held accountable. I can't do that with my checkbook, why should lawmakers feel that they can overspend and expect us to cover their markers. The key here is "law maker" they expect us to follow the law, yet they are more corrupt than any good daytime soap opera character. I don't consider myself a "tea party person" I'm more of a "I'm tired of the D.C. crap" person. I'm really tired of a very few having the power to screw with my well being and I have little or no recourse to correct the situation. They law is only applicable if you have the money to finance a law suit and let litigation burn up your resources until you can't fight anymore. You can be right as rain and someone will litigate you until you accept the fact that the moon is made of cheese. So I hate how governement took what the framers of the Constitution layed out for us and then chopped it to bits to fit their needs.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  113. Jake

    The system is not broken, however, the political and American culture is. Does the government not reflect the culture with spending on debt, which has persisted beyond the current administration? People have forgotten to ask what they can do for their country instead of what their country can do for them. All the current officials were elected by the people! If you don't like who runs then you run yourself.

    I am aspiring to be a politician, not because of ambition but passion. I decided it'd be more productive to do something about my surroundings instead of complaining about them.

    To paraphrase,our democratic republic system of government is not perfect, but it is the best of the worst. I believe Ben Franklin held the same sentiment.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  114. Mitch Eisenman

    The government is merely a reflection of society at large.
    No one is accountable in business. The same holds true in Washington.
    Executives make decisions not for the greater good but for their own self sustenance. Politicians get elected and then spend every waking hour trying to get re-elected.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  115. William Courtland

    Hate is a sin... To hate the government: which in turn give right to the police: one would have no respect for the law: thus all who hate the government will be made self evident.

    Should one not hate the people who elected the standing governments instead...

    Government can be corrupted and thus was corrupted long ago: we just live under the norm that said corruption is proper as it has been a pre-existing condition for so long.

    I think it is just that people elected to government hate the Constitution: or witchcraft has a secret agenda: and is out in hypnotic force to damn all existance with their applications of genius without intelligence as they fight to be equal by using mental rape and torture as a means to gain that equality with innovative man.

    Thus: government is just another thing which suffers at the hands of the wicked and wanton: just another victim of the occult: but in its case one that is also corrupted to be employed for evil service: to their own ignorance(at least where the men apply.)

    April 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  116. Mike in Scottsdale

    Hate, the government, no.

    I do dislike the ruling class that is running the country into the ground.
    I do dislike the fact we have a ruling class.

    I hate the people that keep voting the ruling class into office.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  117. HIH

    I hate the fact that the goverment has become self serving. It no longer serves its purpose outlined by the constitution

    April 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  118. Jack


    The Tea Party activists sat quietly during the 8 years of the Bush administration. During this period government spending when out of control. Bush enacted the most costly programs our country has experienced. Where were the silent Tea Party gang then? When a Tea Party activist is asked if they would support reductions in their entitlements, there's a lot of foot shuffling, and never an answer.

    I don't hate government, I hate the ignorant. I would feel sorry for them, if they weren't so dangerous. The Tea Party movement is diametrically opposed to what our Founding Fathers intended.

    It might be handy if they stopped watching FOX and read a newspaper. Research has shown they have above average intelligence. Now that's a scary though. Just how low has the bar gone?

    If the final analysis we got the government we truly deserve

    April 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  119. Felicia

    I do not hate the government, I strongly dislike the administration that currently resides in the White House. I remember an America I could be proud of. I have taught my children to be proud of this Country, but how do we continue to teach our children this when so much is wrong, and no one is trying to fix it. The only thing I see Obama doing is ignoring the voice of the people, and moving forward with his own agenda. In 10 years time, this country will not be one to admire, it will be one to pitty. And I for one morn for the proud America, the one that stood for what is right and ethical, the one that took care of all of it's people, not just the ones with bank rolls, and the ones who refuse to help themselfes. The individuals who are struggling now are the middle class. Why bother?

    April 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  120. scott jeffries

    YES!!! I HATE the Government! corrupt polticians. Conservatives wanting to put their values enshrined into laws! Liberals thinking they can take your money and spend it better than you! Too much government spying to keep you "safe' and more

    too much regulation, too many taxes, too many hands in the taxpayer pockets. TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT! Period! both parties are flagrant violators. We need term limits for Congress!

    April 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  121. Deborah- new York

    I believe the Tea Party has the right idea, joing voices, now if our government would just listen. I believe we are in a Tax Revolution. It's time to stop taking what the govenment says is right and just as the truth. My husband and I are 6 years from retirement are both veterans of the Vietnam war, yet we pay more taxes every year while those who continues to have more children than they can affodr get refunds in the thousands of dollars, which they haven't paid in.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  122. Sharon Zingery

    How can I hate a government that, despite it's problems, still does all it can to protect our basic freedoms. Under Bush, those freedoms were compromised with the Patriot Act and the like. What scares me are the extremists off the tea baggers and the hateful rhetoric. Conservative beliefs AND liberal ones keep our country balanced but starting with Gingrich, we have become so polarized that the government cannot operate. The Republicans MUST march in lock step and the Democrats often will NOT follow the lead of their party. We used to be able to transfer power through elections ... now, well, now, some people threaten the government because they think their beliefs are the only correct ones and they have no room for differences. I am a census taker and am afraid to go to doors because less stable people may take people like Erickson literally when he said we enumerators should be met by guns at the door. What I hate are fanatics on either side and I am beginning to believe our news commentators sway with the wind ... Cafferty, do you support these nutcakes? You seem different.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  123. David Sisters OR

    I dont hate the gov. I surely dont hate the American people. What I do hate is the greed and selfishness we see amongst politicians. I hate the partisan fighting that puts party above country.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  124. Michael Wilson

    No Jack, but its clear on a daily basis that you do.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  125. robert f. potts

    jack, you damm right i hate our present government. at this very moment we are headed toward a socialest state. our presant leadership in washington is leading us into oblivion.thet are following the pied piper like sheep without having any idea of the consiquences. it is a sad state when americans allow themselves to be enslaved without even knowing it. how stupid we are. our founding followers would litterly roll over in their graves. we are losing our basic rights and we are totally blind to it. god help us. we must resist with all possible means. cordially, robert f. potts

    April 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  126. H. Lauritsen

    All those govt haters love the govt when they get their social security checks, ride on govt built roads & bridges etc. Try to tell veterans at medical clinics that the govt is not doing a good job with them. As a depression kid, WWII vet I liked the GI bill, mortgage, health care and so forth. This country certainly benifitted from the GI bill. My parents got Home Relief (to feed us), work on the WPA, bought a house via HOLC ( Home Owners Loan Corp) and you would have trouble telling them FDR/govt was bad! I disliked the govt of G. Bush who turned a surplus into a debt via $1.8 billion for a worthless war in Iraq and did not fund the drug program with it's "doughnut hole" giving us further debt. Did you govt haters speak up back then?

    April 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  127. Deborah Morrow

    The biggest sleight-of-hand I've ever seen: the Bush administration was guilty of out-of-control spending while decreasing needed services and functions, at least one unjustified war filled with corruption, waste, un-American policies including killing innocent civilians and suspending American citizens' civil rights, allowing our country to be attacked in the first place, allowing business and banks to run amok and victimize ordinary citizens and on and on ... and now anger about all these things is MIS-directed at the administration charged with correcting all these things. I'm sick of hearing that "many Tea Party people are legitimately upset." Tea Party people range from ignorant to willfully treasonous. There's not a full functioning brain or rational thought among all their brain cells combined.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  128. Bill

    No, I do not hate the government. And for those who do they fail to realize that it was Ronald (jelly is a fruit) Regan who set this country on the path that has ended in disaster. With his "government is in the way" rally cry Reagan set this country on the path of deregulation that allowing big business a free hand to do what ever they wanted to do in order to make the all mighty dollar. The end results has been our country being brought almost to its knees along with millions and millions of jobs being lost overseas. The very people who scream they hate the government supported this trickle down nonsense and now they all suffer from selective memory.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  129. Linda Richards

    Yes. The form of government that is being practiced in this country is a bastardization of what was intended. We don't see intelligent legislation but instead politicians extorting votes from each other for their own ends, the result of which is weak legislation with a lot of pork added. And it absolutely infuriates me to hear a politician proclaim that he "serves" the country. We should all be so lucky as those who put in a few hours in DC for a couple of years, get benefits for life and then write a book about all the horrors they witnessed–and of course did not participate in–but were in no position to challenge. It doesn't matter who we vote in or out; it is the entire system that is corrupt. And as for the popularity of the Tea Party? That's just clever lobbying , marketing and media coverage to tap into our anger, fear and frustration by experts who come up with clever bumper-stickers, signs and talking points....and turn it into cold cash; directly or indirectly. Don't get me started, Jack.
    Linda in Woodbury, NJ

    April 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  130. Sarah from Pennsylvania

    Maria, and all government haters – go live somewhere else – see how much better off you are

    April 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  131. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – This whole movement is synthetic – it would not even exist without the covert financial support of wealthy conservatives and right wing media outlets. American's hating the American government is the most stupid point of view in the world – our government is the most responsive, most democratic, and most "of the people" ANYWHERE. There is no "them" – there are only 435 Representatives ELECTED BY US every 2 years, 100 Senators ELECTED BY US for six year terms, one President
    ELECTED BY US for four years, and 2 million civil servants sworn to uphold the Constitution and carry out the laws passed by the Congresses we elected! The problem is US – WE want too much spending and not enough taxes, WE want our Federal money spent in our District and not in someone else's, WE have the logicall inconsistent demand that "the Government" keep its hands off "our Social Security." If you do not get what you want from "Washington", it is because you have not been active in electoral politics, voting in the way totally false political ads tell you to vote instead of finding out what is really going on and voting your pocketbook, or, you have been outvoted by the majority. This President is not "politically tone deaf" – he is DOING HIS JOB under the Constitution instead of swinging in the political winds like most of his recent predecessors. The only poll that matters to a President is the one taken on November 2 every four years. All you people need to retake high school civics class, and maybe, this time LEARN IT!!!

    April 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  132. Ted

    I believe that hating the government is a healthy thing as long as your issues with Uncle Sam are addressed in a manner in which we use civility. When we as americans stop listening to each other that is when we should be concerned, do not forget we the people are the government.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  133. Ralph Spyer

    Ask a tea party partisan if they will give up their Social Security if they hate big government . Ask if they want their Medicare or is that socialism .They want the inter state highways;Dams, A standing Army well it cost money.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  134. Julio

    Do I hate the Government or does the Government hate me? I think we all know that answer. After over 200 years, we are being turned upside down. From Healthcare to Big Government Bailouts to keeping up with the Patriot ACT. I say our phony President quits with constant caimpaigning and long rehotric speeches and be a President. Because his time is running short.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  135. Martin Smith

    I'm going to act like a Republican and not give you an answer until the end of the year.

    Seriously, I don't hate the concept of Government, but the Nanny State is out of control, along with the size of the Government needed to run it.

    Government is needed to run things, but should stay out of the every day lives of its citizens. The current size of the Government and the wages of Government employees are both out of control.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  136. Peter Graham

    Democracy isn't a perfect idea. Nor is having the largest government. Obama isn't an idiot but is getting close. Someone, somewhere, somehow needs to make him realize that USA is broke, we don't have money to pay for anything at all. We need a president who will sit down for 8 years and not spend an extra dime. In my way i do in fact hate the government. My age will spend our lives paying off your debts.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  137. tony

    Jack, I dont hate the government, but i do hate seeing what the government is doing to this country, i hope there is a difference. Our government can do great things with the right people making smart desicions, but with the wrong people making dumb and selfish desicions, which I feel has been the biggest problem with people running government past 30-50 years, we end up loosing the middle class, loosing our savings. loosing our manufacturing, loosing our childern to lower standards, the list goes on and on..and by the people in the government, signing a free trade agreement thats a sham, selling off the country to China, giving wall street free reign to take this countries savings and investments and play games with it, all these things eventually chop the legs out from under the middle class and we all know they pay the bills in this country. Im afraid america is heading for californication, or, going broke. tony in tampa

    April 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  138. Dan Sersen

    This may sound trite but people seem to forget that we citizens ARE the government. The tea party crowd seem to me like teen-age rebels without a cause, thinking of our government on terms of some parental authority. Why haven't we seen this scale of organization directed at the CEO's and executive plundering of the economy?
    This seems to be a very disfunctional form of capitalism that is not being corrected by "market forces". The tea party complainers would rather cry about income taxes that seem to be the lowest percentage of my paycheck that I have ever seen! Grow Up! We need to get busy with the many challenges we face to remain the great symbol of opportunity that we still are. It gonna take money.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  139. Elizabeth - Brunswick, GA

    I would like to know where all these Tea Party protesters were when the previous administration lied to us to go to war because Saddam had threatened their daddy. Where were they all those yrs we flushed billions, possibly trillions down the Iraq toilet – not to mention the precious, irreplaceable lives of our young american soldiers. Where were they when in the name of "keeping government from getting too big", monster corparations like Enron, CitiGroup, JP Morgan Chase, Arthur Andersen etc. etc. etc bilked investors out of millions. I want everybody to have freedom of speech but these folks are indicting our president for supposed future failures that haven't even occurred. I voted democrat for the first time in my life because I could no longer defend the right wing ideals that put this country in the mess we are currently in.
    SO no, I don't hate the government anymore. I used to. But now I am hopeful for a better future for all of us

    April 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  140. Liz

    No. the government works for me. It gives me my social Security check, covers most of my medical bills and, now that the health bill has passed, will help with my pharmaceutical bills. Local government has given me a good education and state government has given me a good college education. I have good police and fire protection. I am protected by the army, navy coast guard and air force. I look at other countries and see that I am in the best possible place.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  141. Marie

    Yes I do. I did not believe that I would ever say such a thing but I do. I am 61 years of age and have been proud to be an American and from the great state of Texas.

    I am now looking at retirement and another country to live in. Yes I am researching living in another country. I do not know if I will move but it looks as if I will if things do not change in November.

    I am concerned about my seven children and thirteen grandchildren. I can only make decisions for myself.

    Until the American people get back to paying attention to what is going on in government nothing will change. I understand that most people have jobs, children and a fast life style. Remember I said I have seven children. Maybe for the next year or two they need to pay more attention to what is going on in Washington instead of soccer so that their children will have a life past soccer.


    April 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  142. raymond Penko

    Nope, I don't hate the government. I don't hate anything, but I do dislike the way the media portrays the way our government operates. If the media told the real story behind what goes on in government and politics, this nation wouldn't be in the financial mess we're in right now, George Bush would not have been a two term president, health care reform would have slid through the Congress easily, and Hillary Clinton would have been the Democratic Party nominee for president, hence, president today. Don't you know that it's facts that control us – not feelings. If the media reported just on the facts, only about one third of Americans would dislike the government. The rest would be on Social Security, getting tax breaks for buying a home....

    April 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  143. Frank, Jacksonville, Florida

    Taxpayers hate of government is probably the only hate crime that should be upheld by the courts in favor of the defendant. Our Federal government and many state and local governments are leading us into a culture of dependency, financial ruin and loss of national security. Those who voted for the self-absorbed and misguided and, in some cases dangerous politicians, better vote them out in the upcoming elections.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  144. Debrah

    No, I hate the atmosphere that is floating around there now. I dislike the news only focusing on the negative , fear, and hate. What would happen if only the good in the United States was aired??? and very little negative and fear. Just maybe people would wake up and realize we are a very Blessed country and have been through all our hard times.

    Let the Tea Partiers spend a year in a place like Haiti, even the slums of our cities with no hope . I am middle class, under employed and was fortunate even to sell my house before I lost it to foreclosure. You won't find me out there with all those whiners, if polled are most likely financially affluent.

    We need to change and we need to change now for the better!

    SE Ohio

    April 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  145. Linda in Alta Loma, CA

    We hate the elected officials who line their retirement coffers with our money, set their own pay raises at our expense & misuse their political office to benefit their financial position, again at our expense. It's time for a change, a real change we can "all" believe in. Back to our roots as they were originally set up and do away with all this radical change we've seen in the last 1 year with Obama.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  146. lynn

    No. We are the government. The republicans hate the government so why do they work for it?

    They republicans claim they hate the government so why do they beg for help from the gov when a disaster strikes? They are full of it..

    April 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  147. John D.

    I hate when too much of my life is taken by the government. Today that is the case. I spend hours on the phone with my accountant every year, hours more with my bookkeeper, and hours more researching my spending strategy for my small business to navigate our crazy tax system.

    Our tax system is an unsustainable paradigm. It will only get more complicated. It has to go, it will be painful to change but we must instantly stop this burden on the citizen for preparing and filing taxes. IT IS HORRIBLE and insane. FAIR TAX, flat tax, and i dont care if actually pay "some" more in taxes, my time would be worth it. Let me focus on my business not my tax strategy!

    April 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  148. Corey

    Bill Clinton once said that you can't say you love your country but you hate your government. I disagree with them sometimes, but if you are someone who hates the government and is ashamed of being an American citizen, then get out of the country. I like Obama. Some things he has done I have disagreed with, but you teabaggers who hate the government, let's see what happens when there is no medicare, no social security to collect, no tax cuts given (Yes, that's what I said,) no schools for your children to go to, you will beg for a government.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  149. Park

    What does hate have to do with poor policies ??? Hate the policies, not the man.
    Why would Obama raise taxes on the rich when the rich hire the poor if they make money and succeed in their efforts to be successful. I have never seen a poor person hire anybody ????? Lets step back and compare the condition of our country over the last two presidents. Give me George Bush anytime and NO, I don't hate Obama, just don;'t respect him and his detrimental policies along with Nancy and Harry ??? Let's vote for real change this next time and change back to the good old days of George, Ronald, and Ike. Or Sarah Palin who would do a much better job than our current Pres. ??? Obama supposed health care will cost our company estimatied $200,000.00 per year so we will just close and lay off 60 employees. Maybe that is what HE wants then we can all depend on the government we don't hate to take care of all of us both rich and poor. ?????

    April 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  150. Doc in Elko, Nevada

    I love my country, but I hate "my" government. "Our representatives" are nothing more than self-serving hypocrites for sale to the highest bidder.

    We, the people, must reinvent government. Political parties should be banished. All members of the executive and legislative branches should be limited to a single 6 year term with 1/3 being replaced every 2 years. The federal budget MUST be balanced each year. Federal employees should be evaluated and rewarded on their ability to operate efficiently, rather than on how much money they can spend (waste).

    That'll do for starters.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  151. Pamela holt

    Foley,al we, the people are the government. We don"t hate ourselves!!! We hate the fact that the government leaders, who are soposed to keep trust over the money and programs that benefit we, the people, lie and mislead us in order to get into office and benefit themselves. They use our moneies against us, one example- they force us to aid and abett illegal immigrants, by using our miry, taxes to enable them to keep violating our constitutional laws... All our lives we have been taught to obey the laws, purchase auto insurance, get drivers license, etc. , only to watch while the very people whom we elect to enforce these laws, turn on us and say, except for these 12 million illegal immigrants. Not only do they allow them to violate the constitution , they use our monies to pay for government housing, foodstamps and vouchers and free healthcare, while our own legal americans are homeless and without these nessasary provisions. This is just one huge example. We"re mad as he'll and we are not going to ( continue) taking it any more....

    April 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  152. Liz, Los Angeles, CA

    The word 'hate' is overused, hence trite. So no, I don't 'hate' the government. I distrust many aspects of it; I fear others. I'm overwhelmed by its power; I'm underwhelmed by its effectiveness. I disdain many of its policies, but to say I 'hate' it would be disingenuous. It is not humanly possible to 'hate' the entirety of the government of the greatest country - despite its faults - in the history of the world.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  153. nero

    Why will I hate the government? We are the government that's why we go to the polls to elect our leaders.Don't forget that in the face of the earth this is the more fuctional government.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  154. Darren - Detroit

    Not the government per se but hate the part that takes bribes and kickbacks from Big Business to do their bidding at our expense.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  155. Joe

    I do not hate the government, I hate the agenda driven people who will do anything to make others do what they want.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    April 16, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  156. Julie

    I don't think it's so much a particular government or political party that is the problem.

    The problem I think is greed, corruption, decisions made out of self interest, love of power, lack of humility, dishonesty, lack of wisdom, short-sightedness.

    Unfortunately the people who seem to make it to the top of our political leadership system seem to be those who lack the kind of character qualities needed to produce a quality leader.

    It takes a lot of money, power & influential string pulling to make it to the top of our government. Only those who can make all that happen can make it there. The average American with a good character never has a chance. The electoral campaign process we use is probably more the problem.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  157. Mathew P from the heartland... St. Louis

    Hate is a strong word... that's why I like to use disappointed. I still love my country very much, but the people we have in government positions now need to look at why this counrty was founded and the men who started our great government. I believe our four fathers would be just as disappointed.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  158. david otteson

    I do not hate the goverment. I do belive that the way that our Goverment operates needs an overhall. I have been waiting for years for true Campain Finance reform. It is the lobbiest & Special interest millions that is distroying our democracy. The Green Party is the only party that is advocating a Goverment financed election. Lets remove all the fund raising, and get to work ! 1 year campaining Maximum. 10 debates with as many political parties as can carry 10% of the voters.
    TV & Radio spots must be donated and evenly shared on our airwaves. No attack ads or " issue ads" permitted, just facts and relivant opions debated. It can happen and it has to happen if we are to save this great democracy. Take the money out of the election process !

    April 16, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  159. JT

    Jack, I assume you enjoy the benifits of running water, and our sewage system. If you hate the idea of government like an anarchist would, then somewhere along the line you've been seriously misinformed about the constitutional role of government, though obama has proven to be just as confused about what the constitution even is... I will say this though; in troubled times like this, the line between terrorism & and patriotism are all too subjective.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  160. Seth

    I hate waste, and I hate the fact that the government is wasteful in some measure (though the arguments that the government willfully spends excessive amounts on goods can just as easily be pinned on the corporations providing those goods). I support the government, and it's officers, and I believe the system can work. Everyone needs to calm themselves down, look at what their government provides, and help find ways to fix the problem. It's our government, not disconnected from us but a reflection of us; the divisive rhetoric spouted on the street is the same divisive rhetoric freezing the processes of our governance. Spewing vitriole without knowledge, without a plan isn't helpful. Protest. Argue. Debate. Listen. Come to the table with a plan. Form your own opinion without the undue influence of punditry and understand that we can make this government work for us as it is, without violence or threats, without burning effigies or degrading ourselves with racial hatred. Understand that our nation was founded on compromise, on finding the middle road, and it is that middle road that we must continue to tread so we can be a nation greater than the sum of its' parts.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  161. Pat Gardner

    The government along with the banks need to take a shared responsibility of our economic collapse!! So, the SEC finally does something to Goldman Sachs...when they were told before the collapse that there was criminal activity going on...but they turned the other way! It starts with the government putting regulations in place on ALL our financial institutions...hello Alan Greenspan...are you listenening?????????

    April 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  162. Len Smith

    Wonder why my earlier comment was not posted. I love my government and I am proud of the government of the United States of America. I am proud to pay taxes so we can live in the greatest democracy in the history of the world. The government does so much for so many. When there is a hurricane, a tornado, a floor, who is called Washington DC and they help. The government protects us, looks after us and makes our world better.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  163. Norm

    Nope, I don’t hate our government. I just dislike the incompetent individuals in our government that think more about themselves and re-election than their constituents.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  164. Jim in Alabama

    No Jack, I don't hate the government. I do hate what our elected officials have become and I hate that they refuse to listen to main street America any longer and instead pander to those lobbyists who represent big businesses instead. They seem more interested in lining their pockets than in doing what's best for our country. I do hate that very much and would like to see those politicians sent home next election.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  165. Terrence Kearney

    I think much of the hysteria about big government is created by those who do not understand the facts of government equity and services. How much is all the land and other assests the government owns is worth? Subtract that assest from the national debt before whining about how poor the government is.

    And please don't forget to compare apples to apples. How much per cent of the GDP is being spent per year? Inflation makes comparisons without inflation adjustments very misleading. The minumum wage use to be 50 cents an hour in my day. But you know what you could buy for 50 cents in the sixties?

    April 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  166. richard a. winkler

    I don't hate the government, but I dislike some of the stupid people that think they know something about it, like Sara Palin.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  167. Carl

    No Jack. I don't hate the government. I didn't hate the government from 2000 to 2008. I didn't like it, and they things they did or stood for. But this is America, and I knew that if I voted and enough people who felt they way that I did voted, we could change it. We did.

    The T-partiers are participating in a grand disinformation scheme.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  168. Drew Williams

    To my way of thinking, government can do great things. It can provide a safety net for people who really need it. It can provide job opportunities and educations to those who would otherwise not receive them. It can set the stage for the fruition of our highest ideas of human endeavor.

    But it cannot, and should not, be in the business of picking the winners and losers - that's what it was doing under George Bush, throwing the wealth and influence of this nation at the already privileged, and it was on track to ruin us. With Barack Obama, I think government as a positive force of change is possible.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  169. joan

    I don't hate the gov., but the hate and no to everything from the republicans is dangerous. I watched a video of Michelle speaking to the young people in Mexico and she included young people around the world, I was in tears., Michelle and President Obama are the best of the very best to lead the country.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  170. nancy

    Oh for goodness sake what a question. I'm so tired of all these people having tantrums about the government. They're often the same ones who act so hyper-patriotic but have somehow forgotten that it's our system of government that makes our country so special.
    Grow up people. Stop screaming about taxes and the government. Income taxes are lower now than they've been in decades.
    The President is working harder than anyone I've ever seen and had a heck of a mess to clean up, starting just a little over a year ago. Where were all you screamers when the mess was brewing? How can any reasonable person take you seriously when all you can do is complain? Shut your mouth and start doing something useful for your communities. Use your mind and be reasonable. Cut the silly drama.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  171. Scott

    I don't hate the government, but government needs to act appropriately when called upon. Government cannot be everything to everyone, which will drive us into further debt. Our capitalist society needs to be more prevalent and government needs to stand out of the way of free-thinking innovative people, instead of slapping fines and taxes onto them, which is what will occur in the health care industry since the health care mandate act was recently passed.

    In the words of Ronald Reagan.."Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." Very plainly put.

    Chillicothe, Ohio

    April 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  172. Beth

    No. I do not hate the government. I think the only people who hate the government are those that don't take responsibility for their own problems or behavior and have to blame it on something else so they blame it on the government. The government is not responsible for your problems. If your having tough times, set some goals, get some help and try to improve your situation. Stop blaming it on the government. You'll never get anywhere doing that.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  173. harlow

    They definitely need to come clean about a lot of things – important things.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  174. Robin

    No, I do not hate the government. It's the whining Americans who blame everyone except for themselves that I hate. Accountability and responsibility has been replace with "It's the government fault", It's the white man fault, It's the black man fault, It's China fault, this is the most laziest and complaining generation that I unfortunately was born into. Our ancestors had less and accomplish much more and live within their means.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  175. NameWithheld

    We should abolish taxes altogether. Everyone can just pull their own weight, without burdening those of us who work for a living. End social services. Get rid of Medicare and Medicaid. Stop paying fire fighters and police officers. No more state funding of schools and hospitals. Who needs elder care and child welfare? Why do the rest of us have to take care of them? What did they ever do for me?

    April 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  176. Keith

    In a Democracy, the people get the government they deserve – Alexis de Tocqueville

    Since the US government is "of the people and by the people" , hating the government is self-hate. But like we as individuals, there's lots of room for improvement. Let's work on that.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  177. DirtyJoe

    Baaaaahhhhh! The american people are sheep being led to the slaughter. So many have never been without and do not understand the true value of our country. Do you think the gov't cares about you? Greed is rampant throughout Gov't, Unions, Corporations, and even the American people. We have been led to slaughter without protest and those in control are laughing in delight. They continue to stick it where the sun doesn't shine and the american people take it with a smile.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  178. Jon

    Yes I do. I hate Obama, democrats and replublicans. They have put this country in one hell of a shape and I don't see a way out. We need a savior and it's not Obama.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  179. granny11

    If anybody is dissatisfied with the government, you have to look at public education first. Something put the America haters into office, and that was public education. What the government schools didn't finish, the public colleges and universities did. Forty plus years of public education put Obama in power. The President and his administration are the America haters of this once great nation. There's an old saying, "so goes the schools, so goes the nation". It'll take at least 40 years to straighten this whole mess out, if at all.

    Ya gotta just dig deeper for answers than looking at the present situation. You can't teach kids revisionist history, bachelor survival, sex education, evolution, language arts instead of good old grammar, and all the touchy-feely junk, and expect something good to turn out. In some instances children with informed parents can rise above the garbage, but not without scars. Values clarification (the philosophy of no right no wrong) has left our nation a country of mousey humans willing to almost accept anything as long as they don't have to work for it. I'm fed up with those parents who have no idea what their kids are getting. Take your jobs seriously, then fight with your children for this country, for God's sake already.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  180. Jake1969

    I know government has issues, but I too am sick of all the anti-government garbage. Look, we have the 3rd lowest tax burden in the entire developed world (only Mexico and South Korea are lower), yet the strongest military, good infrastructure, successful social security and medicare systems, cleaner air and water than many countries, great park and forest systems, etc. Further, the largest expenditures go to National Security and Social Security and Medicare at the Federal level and to public safety, infrastructure and education at the local level.

    Of course we should scrutinize and demand good use of our tax dollars. But let's get a grip. Compared to utopia our governments suck...compared to actual human history, it's one of the best systems ever.

    Do you all really want these anti-government nuts running the show instead?

    April 16, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  181. Thoreau in Walden Pond

    Yes, I hate the government. Government's evil is not that it occassionally makes mistakes, for everyone makes mistakes; but an individual's mistake is his own, whereas a government's mistake is everyone's. When government goes down, it takes everyone down with it. That is government's evil: the helplessness of being subject to the mistakes of others.

    When government takes beneficial actions, government is not redeemed but simply further a villian. Good actions do not need government sanction, because men acting in self-interest will voluntarily adopt good ideas.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  182. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    you have got to understand that people facing tough economic times are at risk of taking all rhetoric too seriously to the word and politicians and media both have a moral responsibility to express facts to people for them to make up their own mind! If a nation cannot learn from any of its own history, and its own behavior from the past that is in the present time then it will simply be part of your future once more! A nation has to come to terms to why we are reaching a level of a lack of civility the minute we have different points of views and why we are even reaching once more higher expressions of violence!

    April 16, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  183. jim Blevins

    Hate is an awfully strong word. It is the emotion used by terrorists. Unlike the TEA party, my problems with the government are more the killing of hundreds of thousands of innocent people and their support for the money changes robbing the rest of us.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    April 16, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  184. k.d.hickman

    it's abvious people don't really see the big picture. what they fail to realize is that it is written what will transpire in this so call world we live in . if u have any belief in that then you are all wasting your time. because it is written, what is happening in this world you can't stop get over it stop your whining and get your life spiritually in order. the government was out of control when the last president was in there, get over it please..............................

    April 16, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  185. Independent from CA

    I don't hate the government but I hate how Republicans are spewing hate on people's mind about the government. They are stalling any and all the progress President and Democrats are trying to make. Republicans don't understand they are also part of the government. So these hate messages Limbaugh, Beck, Bachmann, Palin and others are spreading day in and day out, will come back and bite them in you know what...

    April 16, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  186. Craig Norton

    How can we hate the government? In a Democracy, we are the governement. We vote them in or out. They do what they think is necessary to be voted in. I think we should all take a look at ourselves first before blaming them. If you want the government to spend less, don't throw a fit when they drop your Medicare/SS Security/road building projects/etc. Don't throw a fit when you eliminate all the money from Cape Canaveral or in Huntsville, AL (I'm looking at you Senator Shelby).

    April 16, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  187. Dan Green

    So far our constitution has served us well. That document has stood the test of time. Those founding fathers also left us with the wisdom, to be frightful of big government, along with Banks. Does any of this sound familiar.

    Dan Green
    Delray Beach Florida.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  188. chris

    I hated the the government from 2000-2008. During these years, the government didn't work. The previous administration is responsible for two wars, economic collapse, housing crisis, non-regulation of banks, non-response to Katrina and untold amount of alledged corruption. At the end of the Bush administration, we were losing 700 thousand jobs per month and I didn't see one tea party person in the street. Although the government is still spending alot of money to fix the problems of the previous administration, it is now working agian and no, I don't hate the current administration. Thank god for a party, who can really manage government. God knows, we were on the verge of collapse with that last administration.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  189. J Thompson

    Americans are reactionary and don't have any actual perspective of history and don't give anything any deep thought. Everyone is out for themselves and don't give a crap about anyone else. Everyone has their own special interests - I'm not talking about the right to equal treatment, which everyone deserves (civil rights are not special interests). The utter and complete selfishness of this society has given us the fractured mess of a government we currently have. I think Italy currently has a more functional government than we do and that's a pretty sad statement considering how many parlimentary turnovers they've had in the last fifty years.

    So, if you hate your government, look in the mirror. Blame yourselves.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  190. Last Honest Man

    Yes. I hate this Government. But I hate the media more. The media is responsible for this Government.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  191. derrick bibbs

    I don't hate the goverment but i do not like how the goverment is spending so much money. They should stop the war overseas first help everybody in america because we are americans. The Unityed States always help over people in their country like in Chili and Hati. In New Orleans its a lot of people that need help nobody in America is not helping. I don't even like Obama because he is not a good president like some people potray him to be. He was talking about how he was going to bring the 2016 Oylimpics to Chicago i see that will not happen. I know that because i'm from Chicago we need jobs in Chicago.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  192. Kathy Isabell

    The government is big in some ways, but not too big. It's just right. I support our government. I don't hate it. What I hate is those who attack it without facts or good reasoning, like the tea partiers, who are nothing but fringe elements with an axe to grind.

    Kathy Isabell, Kansas City, Kansas

    April 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  193. RAY

    I can only describe the Tea Party Group as a bunch of Domestic Terrorists led by a group of Racists.
    If anyone could cause the downfall of this Nation,it is this Group.
    I believe they Mirror the members of the Republican Party and their Platform.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  194. TommyD

    To be blunt, for many years the government has been a tool of the WASP. Whites ruled. However, the face of our society is changing, and there is nothing that can be done about it. We can guard the borders, we can rant and rave, but America is changing, and becoming a more diverse, more progressive country. This tremendously upsets a vocal minority, who is used to being the majority. It could get really nasty in the next few decades, but I believe we will make it to the other side.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  195. Randy

    It's funny when I always hear the the rich get all the tax breaks. Being a CPA, I prepare hunderds of tax returns a year on a variety of entities from indivudals to small businesses. Most tax breaks are all for the low income and lower-middle class. The earned income credit alone has low income families not paying any tax and getting a nice refund back. From an article from CNN a couple of days ago, over 40% of Americans don't pay income tax.

    When you have a person that pays for health insurance, how should he or she feel when another person is getting insurance when they can actually afford it, but decide not to do it. Everyone should have the choice to have it or not. They should not be forced to get it or be fined if they don't have it.

    The government needs to stay out of things. They never run it correctly anyways.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  196. Grand Wazoo

    To those who constantly write that the Obama administration is "destroying the Constitution", a simple point: Barack Obama taught Constitutional law at the University of Chicago, one of the world's leading law schools. To those of you who know so much about the Constitution: exactly what is your training, background, and expertise in an academic pursuit practiced by thousands of highly trained academics / attorneys? Talk is so cheap in the Tea Bug nation, especially for anyone with an internet connection.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  197. Georgeknows

    WAKEUP !!!! AMERICANS !!!! The government has gone off on it's own spending what ever it wants, and making decisions without any regard to the impact on everyday Americans. The government has grown deaf, and become elitists wolves treating Americans like sheep, bahhhhhh ! The government has handed over billions of dollars to the good old boy network of tax dodgers, cheaters, liars, and thieves of the big banks with no strings attached. Despite this taxpayer bailout, the credit card companies chopped available balances, and increased interest rates overnight, keeping everyone in economic servitute. The same banks that received bailout money continue to crank up home foreclosures refuse loan modifications, throwing families out into the streets, and scattering their pets as strays ! The auto makers with all it's experience, and knowledge refuse to build a cars with the same attributes as a japanese car, but prefer to extract billions from the government to stay in business building the same overpriced cars no one can afford to purchase because the unemployment rate is over 25%, (dont beleive the published statistics as they exclude thousands of people). The government prefers to continue to bring in foriegn workers under it's H1B visa program, and has plans to increase those numbers, rather than train, and recruit american workers. The government continues to fail at securing our borders, allowing illegal immagrents to live, and work in this country with impunity to the INS department. The government would rather throw stimulus money at everyone instead of creating a jobs program for Americans to go back to work. The Administration, the Senate , and the Congress do not give a danm about you and me, and prefer to operate in there own insulated system of government ignoring the pleas of all Americans. We are not being represented, "Taxation without Representation" ! If you truly are an American Patriot, then vote every incumbet out of office this November, and install new representatives, sending a message to the world "We are Mad as Hell, and We are Not Going to Take it Any More ! Stop being politicaly correct, and start saying and doing what you think, for chirst sake, get a concsious, and do the right thing ! This country is in trouble, and all you have to do is look at who holds the wealth and the fate of this nation in it's hands, CHINA ! Ask yourself "Who allowed this to happen" ? Lets work together in voting everyone of those bastards out of office!

    April 16, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  198. Cathy Young

    I don't hate the government, but I have lost faith in elected officials who consistently push extreme dogmatic opinions (both left and right) and who have abandoned their obligation to make tough decisions without constantly worrying about their electorate's reaction to every little thing.

    We need statesmen and stateswomen vice the spineless political hacks I see on TV. This country is in crisis; what we don't need is an electorate that second guesses every decision. The reason we have come as far as we have in 200+ years is that our ancestors understood that.

    The "plate" that was handed to this administration was more than overflowing with problems. Let's tell Congress and the President we know it's hard to make tough decisions, but "just do it"+ (to quote Nike) and stop worrying about the next election, the latest poll, or what lobbyists and a lot of semi-lucid radio hacks say.

    In short, we just need to grow up. We're living in the time Kennedy talked about-–we need to support our country not demand in meet every individual's whim.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  199. Jennie Catlett

    No, I do not hate the government.

    The Government provides public schools, roads, safety regulations, food regulations, fire departments, and many other benefits that would not exist without government. Pooling our resources to provide services that benefit everyone is only good sense.

    Like any big, old business it can probably do with some restructuring and modernization to eliminate waste, problems, and occasional corruption, but by and large our government does what it needs to do for the benefit of all.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  200. Brian

    Ah, that's a trick question. If I say I hate the government then the FBI ends up at my house or at the very least listening to my phone calls or following my family around. You kidding me? I love the government!

    April 16, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  201. Howard Lacey

    All these governments worldwide are severly flawed. Look at the protest and unrest in too many places to name. Take the time to read daniel 2:44 to understand they fate.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  202. Tom in Illinois

    I have a shirt that states "I love my country, it is the government that I am afraid of." I stand behind that saying 200% and so do a majority of the people that read it. You can't believe how many people that read it , comment to me that they agree and people have been commenting since 2007 when I first got the shirt. I wear it now, more than ever. If I had one for the State of Illinois, it would be in bigger and bolder letters. Ever since 2006 when that Congress took it's first session and pleaded, "Let's make it easier for people to get homes", I knew the fire had just been lit under the kettle for some big trouble and look what happened. I have been upset with the entire government spending habits over the past 4 to 5 years. I am currently tired of seeing wasteless committees and groups being formed by this country's president that spends taxpayers money and doesn't increase our country's GDP. I'm particularly disgusted with the fact that the national debt ceiling limit has been raised twice recently and possibly a third time here soon with no positive results. I especially, along with all the jobless people and hard-working citizens of this country, am disgusted with our lawmakers that they decide on giving themselves annual raises and determine how much it is. If hard-working people are out of jobs and majority of those that do who have jobs, didn't get a raise, why should Capitol Hill?? Capitol Hill doesn't tolerate poor results and have we seen anything good come out of Capitol Hill recently?? Don't anybody reply Health Care because those of you without both financial and medical background have no idea what the fee and tax reprucussions are going to be until it is too late. The Health Care reform shouldn't be about providing alternative coverage, it should have been about the outrageous costs that the medical institutions charge and bill their patients and their insurance and the amount of some of these malpractice suits our whole judicial system has granted!!! $40 to $105 for an Aspirin pill!! We the People are sick and tired of not being listened to, We the People have as much right as the President and Congress as defined and expressed in our Constitution, We the People want our country back, We the People want the tyranny and government machine to stop!! This is to all lawmakers, the judicial system, and to anybody who thinks they qualify to run for a political office. Lawmakers and President might think they have the highest ranking positions in our country, but as long as I'm a taxpayer in this country, I legitimately can call myself one of their employers as well!

    April 16, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  203. Izzy

    I think hate is such an awful work but I am frustrated with the way Washington is being run....we voted for "hope and change" and got another big spender. From Bush to Obama not much has changed. We can not continue spending while China picks up the tab, how are we going to pay for it? With our country? I don't get the mentality in Washington. If I can't afford a brand new Chevy Camaro, should I still buy it? I would think not...."WE THE PEOPLE WANT HOPE AND CHANGE"!!!!

    April 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  204. steve- virginia beach

    Which government? The one created by our founding fathers or the one created by Democrat and Republican judges?

    April 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  205. azmen

    government won’t do the Job’ they are paid for, – to protect us, borders, jobs, wealth etc. how I can fall in love with them?

    April 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  206. John

    I do not, and in my oppinion the people who do are the ones who expect government to solve all their problems.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  207. Phil Burt

    The one thing that I would ask all of these that are ripping our Government apart is "Do YOU think you could do better" I think the world has become so complicated that most regular Americans have no idea what is happening. You think it's bad now, just elect into off a dimwit like Palin and see what the will happen then. Jack I am glad that I am nearing the end so I won't have to see what will be here in 50 years. People in this country are becoming nothing but total greedy idiots.
    I have actually heard from someone with a job that said "If someone can't find a job in a year then they should be eradicated", same thing with no health benefits I've heard people say "Let them just die if they can't pay for it".

    April 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  208. James

    Jack, in no way, do we members of the Tea Party hate the government. Every reasonable American knows there is a certain amount of government that we must have to maintain our way of life. What we do HATE is : excessive, overkill government. There is too much waste in our system. My local school system wants a large operating levy. I don't see how I can give it to them in light of the direction our Feds our taking us. It is the " nanny state " that we hate and must prevent. Thank you.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  209. Isabel

    You crazy people! How can you hate your goverment...your president...?? Do you ever leave the supremacist thinking aside and look around you?? of course I don"t hate my govmt. ! Tea baggers: Get a life, go to work...sorry, go play golf! go quilt!

    April 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  210. Izzy

    I think hate is such an awful word but I am frustrated with the way Washington is being run....we voted for "hope and change" and got another big spender. From Bush to Obama not much has changed. We can not continue spending while China picks up the tab, how are we going to pay for it? With our country? I don't get the mentality in Washington. If I can't afford a brand new Chevy Camaro, should I still buy it? I would think not...."WE THE PEOPLE WANT HOPE AND CHANGE"!!!!

    April 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  211. KSmith

    A government of the government, by the government, and for the government. It is an entity whose primary functions are survival and pro-creation. It is owed by those who control the democratic and republican parties which, separately and together, pose the single greatest threat to the national security of the U.S.A.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  212. Stephanie, IL

    I don't hate the government. I drive on the roads they created and maintain. I expect to get my mail every week day (don't care about Saturday delivery). I appreciate the 911 operators and emergency personnel. My children go to a fabulous public school with amazing teachers. I consider paying taxes a patriotic duty. If I don't think a politician is working in my best interest, I work peacefully to get someone else elected.

    We live in a great country. People need to stop throwing temper tantrums like they are toddlers being told not to eat any more cookies.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  213. Gregory Tripp, Mechanicsburg

    No Jac, I love this country. There are many things that I'd like to see changed, but that is the beauty of our government. If enough people are motivated enough to take political action, important things can get done. Like those Tea Party folk, I would like, however, to see government stop meddling in people's lives. Let's start by legalizing marijuana, which would cut crime and billions of dollars spent on crime prevention. Second, let gays get married, join and serve proudly in our military, and enjoy the rights and privileges that every other American citizen does. How is that for a "Tea Party" attitude? Sadly, most Tea Party supporters are hypocrites of the nth degree because they do peddle moral laws and they do want the government to meddle in the lives of people who hold different beliefs than they.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  214. Richard

    Like all governments, ours is imperfect. That being said, we still live in the greatest country in the world as evidenced by our freedom and prosperity. I believe the extreme rhetoric that polarizes every debate is causing us to lose sight of reality.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  215. Ryan

    Hate the government? Sure, in its current form. A bunch of self-serving politicians that have different roads to take us to the same place.....which is financial insolvency. Unfortunately, the politicians cant get all the blame since they arent elected "magically." People have become lazy. With the internet, people have worlds of knowledge at their fingertips to essentially data mine and fact check what the politicians are saying to see who is factual and who is not. We do not do this. Instead, we look at figures like Keith Olbermann or Rush Limbaugh at take what they say at face value. Opinions have now become facts. Look up the term "The Forgotten Man"....it was used regularly before and during the Depression (even though FDR re-defined the term for political purposes).......many people in this country are the Forgotten Men. We pay taxes, vote, and are forced....sometimes asked....to give up our own self interest for the cause of a politician. This behavior has to end.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:46 pm |