May 3rd, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Rising level of public anger against federal govt.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama is taking aim at the angry, anti-government rhetoric.
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In a commencement speech, the president suggested this heated language is out-of-line and could be dangerous:

"At its worst, it can send signals to the most extreme elements of our society that perhaps violence is a justifiable response."

Just like it was for the colonists once upon a time when they got a bellyful of the English crown.

Peggy Noonan writes in the Wall Street Journal that the American people feel increasingly alienated from their government in Washington, which is ignoring public unrest and refusing to address big problems.

Noonan says that alienation often leads to deep animosity... which is in turn followed by quote "the breaking up of things."

Why is the public so steamed, you ask?

  • Skyrocketing debt and deficits... Nothing done - only a commission with no authority.
  • Immigration reform... Nothing done - forcing states like Arizona to take matters into its own hands.
  • Health care reform... Something passed, but without a public option and with almost 2/3 of Americans opposed to the bill that did pass.
  • Two wars - still being fought despite promises to end them.
  • Climate change – nothing done.
  • Gays in the military - nothing done.
  • Campaign finance reform - nothing done.
  • Financial reform - nothing done.
  • Tax reform - nothing done.
  • No trade agreements renegotiated to bring jobs back to the U.S.
  • And, overseas - nothing done about Iran's nuclear program or Middle East peace. And the list goes on...

It's not whether we're angry - it's why do we continue to tolerate it.

Here’s my question to you: How do you feel about the rising level of public anger against the federal government?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Ryan writes:
Public anger at the government coincides with the wasting death of the true moderate. During the previous administration, politically polarized individuals took to the street to jeer, mock, and protest George W. Bush and his policies. During this administration, the same is happening. In each case, the "side" in power portrays the protests in a poor light, but to assume certain qualities are the province of a given group is a dangerous game. We can paint an angry person with the brush we like, but that will never change the simple fact that they are angry. We do ourselves a disservice when we fail to ask uncomfortable questions as to why that might be, and fall back on easy, often insulting answers.

Eric writes:
$10 trillion debt, $20 trillion debt, seems like the numbers don't matter anymore. Fact is the country can't support itself anymore, it's broke. Many states are worse off than Greece... Best scenario is starting over with an agenda-based limited credit and having what we need. How can such a small percentage of the population have 98% of the money?

Michael in Phoenix writes:
I feel it is about time. Our country has a ruling class that does not represent it citizens, which from my recollection, is one of the reasons this country was created in the first place.

Greg in Minneapolis writes:
Jack, Obama is getting his feelings hurt over legitimate criticism of doing nothing. There was no end to the criticism of the Bush administration before, during, and long after they were in office. And that criticism, some deserved, was trumpeted as "justified" by the same people who are complaining about criticism of the Obama Regime! There are words to describe this "double standard", but hypocrite is one of few that can be broadcast!

Betty writes:
We should be angry. They were hired to do a job and that job is to do the will of their constituents. They refuse to listen to their constituents and do that job. We've got to fire all of them in November, Democrat and Republican.

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soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. Michael H. Mundt

    I think it is long past due. We have been making bad political decisions for over 50 years and the current monstrosity in the Oval office is the result. We are headed to very bad times and all those people who thought they could be perpetual societal parasites are going to find out they were wrong.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  2. Kelly

    The uproar is not against the federal government. It is against President Obama. Do you notice that almost no Caucasian people say President Obama. They just say Obama. It is because they don't want to give him the respect he deserves. Whether they agree with it or not, he is our president. After they got over the initial shock that he actually won and the Bradley Effect did not happen, they went into attack mode. And they have been stuck there ever since. You don't see many Black people complaining about him. The only complaint we have is that he is not paying more attention to us, the main people who put him where he is today! President Obama should remember where he came from and stop trying to please people who more than likely are not going to vote for him in 2012.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  3. David Thomas Bronzich

    I believe that the level of anger felt by the public in general is not only understandable, but justified. A government that forces one to have healthcare, and will fine, and or arrest you for not having it? It would be one thing for the government to supply one with a healthcare program that would pay unmanageable medical bills, but to force the poorer segments of the populace to accept this? How is this conducive to liberty, why would any one feel happy towards a government that rams something down your throat?

    May 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  4. Elizabeth From Toronto

    In USA because of historical reasons re: "No taxation without representation" it is easy to blame the government. Yet it will be that same Democratic government that gets USA back on track financially. Historically consider Roosevelt in the 30's, Clinton in the 90's and now Obama in early 21st century. And less we forget, all those people today shouting poppycock about the government will never acknowledge what this most recent government did to bring USA from the print of bankruptcy in 2015!!!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  5. altaloman

    My anger is not against the government, per se. That is too broad. And the word "anger" is too emotional and irrational. In specific ways I am disappointed with leaders in Congress about the way they manage their own affairs and the business of the people. But none of us would probably manage any better if we did out jobs 24-7 under the the spotlight of public scrutiny.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  6. Joe R - Houston

    The rising level of anger against the government is about 20 years behind mine.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  7. Kevin in Dallas

    It's a good thing. We're suppose to keep the government in check. We've done a bad job.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  8. Herman Portland, OR

    You think, Where can I start. Besides government growing when the economy is shrinking and the prospect of higher taxes in the near future. What are we getting? I am pretty frustrated when there is no proactive governmert just reactive government. When there is a mistake screw up the buck is passed on and no one loses their job or is repremanded in the way the private sector would be. Kind of seams like the federal government has been implementing bills that cost a ton and just expect the future tax payers to be responsible for the bill. Last week it was Greece whats it going to be this week?

    May 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  9. scott from MICH

    Many I don't think are Connecting together the Extraordinary Events leading up to our economic collapse BEFORE Obama came in as President– to the Extraordinary actions he had to take. His plan HAS stopped the freefall and we are headed back. Of COURSE not everything is 100 percent corrected. That's not realistic – however every Economic signal shows we are headed in the right direction economically. He has also re-elevated our stature on the World Stage.... Overall... The constant No No and quite frank Imflamatory rhetoric from the GOP RIGHT Extreme has injected Hateful Venom into our national mindset. Its dangerous – hateful and non productive. The GOP leaders offer credibility to the Dangerous Right who feel they have "partners" from within such as Palin Cheney Bauchmann ect... So in my eyes the anto govt sentiment is unfounded

    May 3, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  10. Sandra in Temecula, CA

    Justified. The government is taking over too much of our lives and paychecks. We have no reason to trust them with either one, every program run by the government is run inefficiently and is loaded with fraud and waste. We are a free country based on capitalism and wish to remain that way.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  11. JD

    The federal government is no different now than it was 5 years ago. The "rising anger" is a bunch of corporate types ginning it up in the uninformed citizenry for the purpose of making money for themselves. Read the signs at the "anti-government" rallies. Despite their alleged hatred of big government, they want their Medicare left alone and they expect President Obama (who they refer to as Hitler) to find them jobs. To them, government is only bad when they aren't the immediate recipients of its programs . . . or its leader is a black man.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  12. Harold Eke, Fremont, Ca, USA.

    Why don't u ever ask questions that'll highlight the good things Obama's administration has delivered to the American people? U are clearly not in support of his administration I guess...

    May 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  13. Barbara Kenzik

    We seem to be producing a generation of elected officials who either don't know the difference between right and wrong; or who simply don't have the ability to solve problems. They all promise the same thing – that they will do better than the other guy. But as we see, they can't and don't.

    Given a choice between right and wrong for some reason politicians always choose wrong. Go figure.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  14. benmirman in MD

    Frankly it scares me. It si being stoked by idealogues of both major parties and by commentators from both the left and the right. It may be cute to say 'throw all the bums out', but in reality we're seeing the ultimate result of personal greed. Everyone wants the service they want but refuses to contribute the taxes. Don't tax me, but clean the streets. Don't tax me, but remove the snow. Don't tax me but patrol every inch of the 3000 miles of border with Mexico and the 5000 miles of border with Canada. Why I bet even the citizens of Arizona will balk when they get the bills for the police activity and the lawsuits emanating from its most recent law. I hope Arnold Schwarzenneger carries his ID with him if he visits Arizona. Why, with that accent, he must be an illegal alien!!

    May 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  15. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    I think it has more to do with the current President and his demographics than the performance of the regime. If there is still dysfunction in the permanent government, it is a hangover from eight years of malfeasance by the prior regime.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  16. Greg

    As usual the anger is directed to wrong place. People should be angry at Wall St, big banks, big oil , coal ect. Not fighting along side all the corporate interests that have negatively affected our lives against government. The Right has love to demonize government...now that they are not in charge and messing it up. Why would they want government to succeed? The answer is they dont.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  17. Liban Warsame

    I believe we dont, because what Ahmedinajad is talking about is something true. We should destroy all nuclear weapons or we better shut up. Israel have Nuclear Weapons and Iran can't have that, it doesn't make sense. The society of 21st century aren't animals as 19th century societies.
    Thanks Jack...
    San Diego Boy

    May 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  18. Don (Ottawa)

    How do I feel about the rising level of anger against the government? I feel sick about it and am glad I moved to Canada. However, when you take as serious look at the people expressing that anger, you find they are parroting the right wing Republican point of view, and are using the same talking points that talk show hosts use to stir things up. I also find that much of the anger is not based on fact, but on rumor. For example, these are the same people that think that the health care reform bill will control which doctors we can see and who will live and who will die (the so called death panels). They also think the government has raised their taxes and will continue to raise them till no money is left for beer. Granted, people are upset when they look at the deficit and wonder how we will ever pay down such a debt; but unfortunately they do not see how we got into this mess, and that we would all be waiting in bread lines if government had not taken steps to prevent the meltdown. Remember, anger is contagious and ignorance can lead to violence.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  19. Floyd Burgess

    What has the Federal Government done for the public citizen. They are making us buy health insurance, not providing it. They have sent our jobs over seas. They raided Social Security and left an IOU. Good men and women are dying in two expensive stupid wars half way around the world. Our border security allows millions to illegally filter through. They give money to rich Wall Street and not home owners to keep them from losing their homes. Politicians lie to us to get elected, and then what do they do for us? -Nothing. We ought to be mad.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  20. Mysterious, Chicago

    I think they/it is a day late and a dollar short. The problems of this natino all started in 2000, from the hanging chads, followed by the Iraq war, Katrina, tax breaks for the rich, etc.

    However, we have an administration that is trying to clean up the debacle that was the previous administration, and people are so angry. Where was the anger when our soldiers were dying and being injured, billions of dollars as well? The death of these soldiers, to me, is a worse than the money lost.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  21. Bob McKenna

    We are in a similiar situation we were in during the revolutionary days.
    The colonists did not trust Parliment or the King, and they were 3000 miles away. The only difference is where the government is now.
    Washington D.C. The growing mistrust results from many things.
    Not telling the truth to the public about anything.
    The biggest reason: No body in Washington wants to take responsible for their actions, good or bad. Point a finger, confuse the vast majority of people and hope it goes away. Have a committee meeting to discuss the issue, have a sub committee to define the issues and let it drag on until it all forgotten.

    I'm from North Fanklin, Ct. but I work while Jack Cafferty's probgram is on, so I wouldn't know if my comment was read or not.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  22. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    If the anger is directed at those dragging their feet on reform, it is understandable. If it is directed at the innocent as well as the guilty, it is self-defeating because politicians see that the public doesn't distinguish between the lobbyist lap dogs and the public servants.

    Democracy demands some attention.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  23. thomas tyskiewicz

    The anger is coming in overwhelming numbers from gop-ers and their independent and fringe ilk. If they believed in what they are spouting, why are they not all at Wall Street with their anti-big government message. The only explanation is that they are racists, intent on opposing anything our President proposes. Have they NO SHAME!

    May 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  24. Nancy - Colorado

    Just listen to a few reports about the oil spill, Jack. In that area particularly the majority of people are against big government. But look how quickly almost everyone criticizes the response in both time and effort from who else, government. We just can't have it both ways.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    The public has every right to be angry. The Dems have done everything they can, to behave like dictators, against the wishes of the public at large, the Obama Administration has had no successes, only failures, in dealing with ending the wars, solving the Guantanamo problem, and ignoring the massive US unemployment rate.

    Now we have ecological disaster, in the Gulf, rising cost of living in the face of the unemployment, rising taxes (yeah, I know Obama denies that, but my 2009 tax return says otherwise), and total disregard for solving the illegal problem.

    In other words, the report card has no better than a C-, in any category, and a flat out F in many categories.

    The amusing thing, is they thought Bush was bad. Right about now, Bush looks like a great President.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  26. Jan from NC

    Jack I have tried four times to write a response to this question but I get so angry trying to tell you why I’m angry the answer gets so long it would take your entire show to read it. That would be a great idea for a show, let us tell you why we are so angry. Maybe then someone in Washington would hear us.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  27. Allen L Wenger

    I think these "angry Americans" are acting like a bunch of spoiled, selfish children. They didn't get their way in the last election, so they are throwing a tantrum. It's time for them to grow up and start acting like adults. If they would treat others with the respect that they demand for themselves, the country could start a civil discourse that could help move the country forward.

    Allen L Wenger
    Mountain Home ID

    May 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  28. Cpom - Athens, GA

    The rising level of anger at the Federal govt can be traced to one thing.
    Runaway propaganda in the form of "news".

    Yes, we should all be concerned with how our government operates and to some degree involved, but the recent heat is due to propaganda preying on the uninformed.

    There needs to be some accountability, and credibility corrections for the "networks" that fuel the fires.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  29. Heather from Indiana

    It's all manufactured by the media, mostly FOXNOISE and teabaggers. It's all about hating a black man as President. I know because I know one teabagger, and he said if Obama was not President there would be no teabaggers. There really isn't many of them, the media just covers them like they are a real movement, of course. I'm sick of the hate. If the teabaggers and big government haters actually READ real news and READ all the bills that have been passed and proposed by the Obama Administration they would realize that OBAMA CARES! Plain and simple. And maybe some people aren't used to the government actually caring about what happens to them or how to help them. I find it very refereshing.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  30. Barbara Srivastava

    In the light of the current environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, I would be really disappointed if we (the people) would allow the oil companies increase the gas prices at the pumps to recover their losses (BP) or to benefit from the loss of oil for productive and selling purposes (all other oil companies).

    The damage to the environment that a countless number of people and animals rely on for their survival is unforgivable. No company should use this event for its own benefit while everybody else losses. The community in general loses as it cannot use the land and water for its intended purposes. Additional increase in gas prices would be unconscionable. For once let's put humanity over the greed. The investors should be exposed not only to benefits, but also to the risks involved in playing the market. It is not the responsibility of the US population to fund the substandard practices of private companies.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  31. Jerry Driskell

    If old Bill Clinton was still in office, we would be hearing a lot of "I feel your pain".............have not heard that from the current president. What I have heard is "change is coming"..........and those tea party crazies need to get a life. Wait until November. We'll see who's in pain !
    Jerry in GA

    May 3, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  32. Jon Wakeley


    I am a 44 year old Air Foirce Vet, and have never waivered in my belief that debate and differing points of view are what keeps America Free and strong. However, the current climate of polarized politics and increasing angst against the government when the "other side" appears to be in power, truly scares me to my core, for the first time in my life.

    Most don't see it happening, but the divide in this country is quite possibly deeper than during our worst internal country-wide divide: The Civil War. At some point, this angst is going to have consequences – and it seems to me, those consequences will most likely stem from activists on the left trying to censor, squash, outlaw or worse all dissenting opinion. A scary proposition at best...which I pray doesn't lead to the strife we have seen in history worldwide.

    Cheers Jack.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  33. Johnny l Hatfield

    Dangerous, Republicans and Democrats both should recognize the tea party for what it really is anti-government.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  34. Richard McKinney, Texas

    Jack it is a sign of things to come. The two party system that has served politicians for years may just be winding down to a halt. The government has lost sight of what is good for the country and that is a dangerous and slippery slope. When one party essentially is no better then the other it is time to remove both parties from the playing field and elect another one. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  35. Philip Supernault

    Seems to me we have less of a reason to be angry at the federal government than at any point in, say, the last five years. Gee, there couldn't be politics at play here, could there?

    May 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  36. Bizz Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I have been angry with my gov't for quite some time. It started back when we invaded Iraq for no good reason other then they had oil. I'm angry with the gov't for letting Wall Street govern themselves allowing us to come close to a depression. I am mad at my government for making me cut my lipitor pills in half so I can afford them. I am mad at my gov't for the United States ranking 18th in education around the world. We have become a nation that is being run by special interest groups and big business. This is why we are becoming a two class nation consisting of the rich and the poor. It seems each day the shaft goes deeper and the more angry I become.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  37. B.J., Quincy,Ill.

    It's about time that they did their jobs instead of sitting on their thumbs.They are supposedly their to serve the people and so far all the American people have seen is self serving of themselves. It's not suppose to be about them it's suppose to be about serving the American people and doing what the American people want. They are so worried about losing their jobs, keeping them, and getting everything that they can for themselves they have forgotten the American people and they just might lose their jobs because of it.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  38. Jason, Koloa HI

    It's great if it is in a true populist tradition of unification against greed and tyranny by standing together as a democratic majority. It's bad when it is blind ignorance and anger based on stupidity or racism that usually leads to unnecessary violence. We all have every right to be angry at the Federal government, but we all have a responsibility to understand why we are mad and what we need to do change how it works.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  39. Tony from Southport

    Right now the federal government is like a stranger outside your home, looking for a way to break in, steal from you and possibly cause harm to your family in one way or another. That's enough to make most sane people angry.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  40. Greg in Cabot, AR

    I feel that most of the public anger against the federal government is "misplaced".

    WE, the voters, continue to re-elect political "leaders" that have track records of lying, cheating, stealing, pandering, broken promises and self-serving agendas. They tell us what we want to hear and we vote for them.

    So how can we be mad at them when we contribute to THEIR campaigns, wear THEIR campaign buttons and slap THEIR bumper stickers all over our cars?

    I guess we must be mad at that portion of the federal government that helps someone else.

    The bottom line is that people get the kind of government they deserve.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  41. Bob Fleming

    A good part of the "public anger" is the result of cable news coverage of the screwball right wing "tea party" .

    Hopefully when election time comes around the voters will make their minds up based upon the qualifications of the candidates as opposed to bumper sticker slogans and signs displayed at "tea party" gatherings.

    A poll conducted at the recent meeting of conservative southern Republiicans indicated that Romney was thieir choice over Palin and Paul,two incompetent darlings of the "Tea Party"

    This was surprising and encouraging since Palin and Paul spoke to group and received thunderous applause. Romney, who is competent , won the poll without making an appearance.

    This result is proof that responsible members of the GOP will not put their money where the "tea party" mouth is.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  42. Alfina

    Our elected officials have promissed a great deal however, they are only looking out for themselves and not all of the people as a whole. I believe that they need to live within our shoes. Don't make promises you have know plans to keep. Everyone in the Government needs to be fired! God help us all.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  43. Ed from Texas

    Uninformed people can always be manipulated by those with a different political agenda. Remember when we were told health care reform would "pull the plug and grandma?" Now we're being told the federal government can't do anything; however, some of those telling us that get their coronary by pass done at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Surely Americans want air traffic control, meat inspection, be able to breathe clean air, drink clean water and take medicines that are safe and effective.


    May 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  44. bennie

    Jack if this government thinks that the taxpayers will accept any amnesty of any kind they are mistaken. the invasion of 20+ illegal aliens is the main source of anger toward this government coupled with the high rate of unemployment while illegals work and receive benefits on the tax payers dime and the previous tax payers are unemployed

    May 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  45. pat in michigan

    I am part of it. If the Republican Party believes that we as a nation should be "on our own"as it were with no social programs to help the poor and defensless then they should "man up" and say so outright.Then the American Voter can decide if that is the course they want to take in November.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  46. Lance

    Of coarse we are pissed off at the government. So far, the gov' has made it blatantly obvious that they do not care about us, our rights or justice for the people. What do you expect when a history of independence is cleverly masked by propaganda. We often complain about China and Russia for their government's communist views. WE have an NSA, that is, right this moment, reading your e-mails. They tap our phones. Viacom...an entertainment based corporation, is telling you which websites you can go to. Yes, Viacomm has made a pack with Internet companies... What, you did not know...??? You need to READ the news... Not let these pre-paid pricks do the thinking for you.

    "Most people think that curiosity killed the cat... No. Convenience was standing in the road in the form of a RABBIT." -1Soul

    "Don't be the cat!" -1Soul

    May 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  47. Pete - from Georgia

    Washington has evolved into a cesspool of deceit, lies, and corruption. For years the national media would nod and wink over the never ending deception. Today with the power of the internet, people in all walks of life are becoming engaged in opposing the corruption.
    Most have lost every ounce of respect for American politics and government.
    Sad and pathetic.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  48. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    The beauty of our country is it is still a free country and these people are welcome to leave any time they want to practice anger and hate in Russia or Iran or better yet China or North Korea. I am an ancestor of Indians so as far as I'm concerned everyone else can go back to their country of origin.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  49. Michelle Johnson

    Despite isolated hate crimes and other acts of violence, we have grown into a tolerant and compassionate nation. Is discontent with the administration actual anger, or people claiming the majority is angry, and staging displays of anger, like actors performing to promote a cause?
    We should consider if Mr. Obama's ideals are more extreme than those of George W. Bush, Clinton, or any former U.S. president. Many fear change and react with loud demonstrations, even when they don't understand the new legislation. Inaugurating our first African-American president is the biggest change. Though most U.S. citizens believe racism is wrong, some are unaware of their own ingrained prejudices. Feeling threatened, they figure government policies are the reason, so they sound off. President and country should address these issues in order to ease us through the transitions.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  50. Randy Johnson

    I feel that this new found anger is phony, and orchestrated by wealthy opportunists. Republican puppet masters are pulling the strings of fear, ignorance, and bigotry as they march their Tea Party marionettes across America. This isn’t the Boston Tea Party. This is the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

    Randy Johnson
    Graham, WA

    May 3, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  51. Melissa

    I feel that its being stoked by the Republicans and by the press who continue to focus on lies rather than try to find out the truth because lies create drama and sell more.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  52. Audrey Fryer

    I feel that all the news medias, including yours, are stoking the fires for civil unrest and hatred. You sure didn't micromanage the Bush administration like you are the Obama one, of course if you had, you probably would be off the air, where Mr. Obama seems to let you guys say whatever you like. You can't put the genie back in the bottle once it has been released.

    Vancouver Island

    May 3, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  53. southerncousin

    I am angry and I get angrier every minute of every day and everytime I see our sleazeball president or one of his weak minded cronies come on televison and make some sort of a phony announcement.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  54. Paul Austin, Texas

    Lets all get real Jack. The anger has been around for years. Now that we have a black President by the way most fail to remember he is half white raised by white Grand Parents. The fear out there is that things will change reverse discrimination will happen a 100 fold and all the nonwhites will run everything. Well the ones in charge mostly white by the way haven't done so good job have they. I do not think ther is anything to worry about they will have their chance and if it does not work with our system they will be voted out. The Tea Party Mad Hatters will only muddy the water and will prevent change in the long run. The anger will always be there no matter of who is in charge because you can't please everyone.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  55. Maria

    I think the rising level of anger against our government is real, deserved and increasing daily. Within the beltway, those idiots live in never-never land and don't get it. But those of us whose daily reality shows represent our lives know why we are angry, know why we should be increasingly angry, and understand that it may be high time for America to experience a true revolution.



    May 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  56. JENNA

    How do you feel about the rising level of public anger against the federal government?

    I think that this "anger" is manufactured by the GOP through FOX News and the 91% of talk radio that is Conservative Talk (9% of talk radio is Progressive)

    I for one am sick and tired of the screamers, the criers, and the liars on the far right. They are the sore losers that are tying to sink our nation!

    While our president is trying to turn our economy around and get up all back to work, the GOP is out there stirring up the masses to say that illegal immigration whould take the priority. WRONG WRONG WRONG. Americans were working under Clinton and losing jobs under GW Bush.. It takes a Democrat to get jobs and Obama is on the right track!

    Roseville CA

    May 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  57. Peg from N.Y.

    Incredulous. Where was all of this anger when Dubya was in office?

    May 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  58. chris

    i love it it is about time we spoke up i hope we continue till either hell freezes over or we have less govt intervention in our lives cut spendign and pork projects and we get the budgets under control and they get our of our lives we make choices in our lives not govt and only then wil stop and we will have the america our for fathers had in mind we are losing that rigth now

    May 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  59. David Gerstenfeld

    I can only hope that the anger is used to question the candidates on what they promise to do if elected, & how they will accomplish their promises. Only vote for the candidates that say what they stand for not sling mud at the other guy.
    David, las Vegas

    May 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  60. Janw Wadsworth Mason

    The Federal Government was first designed to be "of service" to individual State Governments. In the Continental Congress, the States United with the idea that they would each be self-governing. And answer to no King. The 9th and 10th amendments of the United States Constitution are designed to prevent unconstitutional laws being passed by the Federal government and forced on the Sates. Nullification as defined in the Constitution is a mechanism to nullify Unconstitutional laws passed by the Federal Government. Nullification can protect us from what we now have in Washington DC. Our Forefathers may not have imagined all that we are facing today but they foresaw the possibility of a federal takeover. Nullification is our answer to this takeover and the key to our Freedom. The States have the power to escape Federal takeover. Wake Up America.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  61. Kenny in the High Desert of California

    I doubt there isn't a home that doesn't have at least one mirror in it.
    We being the government if angry, should be angry at ourselves. It is they the same servants we voted for over and over, even for decades, who have been making and passing laws that have us upset.
    Go look in the mirror, you will see the cause of rising anger, my party hugging friends.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  62. Michael Lee

    do you mean the same angry talking points make on talk radio

    May 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  63. Mark, Oklahoma City

    I think it says a lot that every time a politician leaves either party to become an "Independent", both parties along with the national media make a mockery of his/her decision. And you know what? There are a lot of people who are independent minded and we don't like these "independent bashers"! That's what I'm made about!

    May 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  64. Donald in CA

    Well Jack, it looks like the red gulf coast states could use some big federal government help right now. Also, maybe a little less drill baby drill from the republicans. By the way, where are the republicans during this oil spill crisis?

    May 3, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  65. C Ohio

    I would say that it's a day late and a dollar short! Where were all these concerned citizens a few years ago?

    May 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  66. Raul

    I don't understand the "rising level of anger aginst the government".

    May 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  67. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I don't have anger about the Federal Government. It is a matter of education of how the government works. Some people are mad because the government does something and others are mad at the government because they don't do something. So in most cases the government, read congress or adminstration, does something that they have no business doing and just makes the problem worse And the Press dosen't make it very clear in most cases.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  68. KDS Irvine, CA

    I feel its about time the American people voiced their opinions against our government "Respectfully". Are leaders have to remember that "We the People" put them there! I think its time that our leaders listened to the people of this country because there are more of us citizens than politicians.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  69. Gary H. Boyd

    I believe a majority of Americans of all persuasions, political parties and backgrounds sense a genuine disconnect with Washington. That our federal government is on the wrong path and not listening to the people. Partisan politics, out of control spending, failure to address immigration, tell only part of the story. Our forefathers are turning over in their graves. May God bless America.

    Gary in Arizona

    May 3, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  70. bob z fr ,pa.

    do you blame them when has there ever bin so many people every move obama and dem's make they are afraid we will lose our country

    May 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  71. Gordo NJ

    The perception of public anger at the government has been manipulated and exaggerated by the anti-Obama politicians and media. Nobody takes a government job to get rich, yet every year many, tens of thousands of people join the military, FBI, CIA, state department and other jobs because they want to serve our country and its people. In return they get a reasonable salary and decent benefits. The only ones I don't trust on the government payroll are those who spend millions to get elected to a job that pays $100-200K.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  72. francap

    We are the Government. We study the candidates and then vote for who we think is the best among us. At least we should be doing that.
    The Obama administration is doing a great job, especially considering what they had to take over.
    We have the best Government in the world. Just go visit other countries to see the difference. It is a pleasure to get home.
    Do we have problems? sure we do, but we deal with them. Stop whining.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  73. Judie Wm's El Lago,TX

    Hi Jack......

    Oh, let me count the ways........or reasons ! I'am running with the pack, and am only one among hundreds of thousands....

    99.9% they have brought on their own, without regard for the U.S.
    citizens.......sure we write, contact our congressmen, senators, and it is ignored, set aside, etc.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  74. Ryan in Galesburg, IL

    Jack, we should be looking at who in federal government is doing wrong. When deregulation of banks, coal mines and oil drilling create trajedies, the deregulators should take the responsibility. Blaming all of government is too simplistic and downright harmful!

    May 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  75. Khalid, Muncie, IN

    Jack you know better.. quoting clerics from iran about earthquke is irrelevent to the topic at hand... you could also say that pres. Bush was ordered by God to invade Iraq and Pat Robertson speaks for the all of US.. give me a break..

    May 3, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  76. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,I feel that the rising anger against the Feds is justified,it seems that that this administration refuses to listen to the people who put them in office,fails to take blame for it's failed policies,has turned a blind eye to the war on terror,and fails to recognize and undermines state's rights.When you look at some of the characters that President Obama has assigned to his cabinet,it really makes you wonder what the heck was he thinking.Does anyone feel safe with Janet Incompentano as head of Home Land Security?The woman can't even bring herself to say the word "terror".There is also the issue of " Turbo Tax Tim"A cheat in charge of the IRS.Obama's best two picks were Hillary and Bo,the dog.But does it really matter in the end it will all be Bush"s fault!

    May 3, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  77. Betty

    We should be angry. They were hired to do a job and that job is to do the will of their constituants. They refuse to listen to their constituants and do that job. We got to fire all of them in November democrat and republican.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  78. Jerry Smith

    Jack, It's no wonder the public is angry with the government, our bought and payed for politicians refuse to listen to the voters yet the two faced S.O.B.'s are running around with a big smile on their face with their hand out, saying," vote for me" (so I can rape you some more). Our government has screwed up every thing it has laid a hand on since WW-II. Lou Dobbs had it right when he said "We have the best government that money can buy." Our government gives new meaning to the term (dysfunctional) Classic example; the voters did not get to vote on NAFTA. And look at the negative impact that one issue has had on our country. God bless America, because only God can save America from us, ourselves.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  79. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    I think the Federal government better start paying attention to what the American voters have to say and want. If not,the level of social instability could become dangerous. I'm anxiously waiting to find out WHO is responsible for the Times Square car bomb this past Saturday night. Is it international terrorists or some of our own home grown crop?

    May 3, 2010 at 4:10 pm |

    I'm happy about it. We need to get more angry.
    When I think about the federal gov't, I envision a bunch of poiticians sitting at thier desk with their feet up, a cigar in one hand and rolls of money in the other, thinking about how much more money they can make before thier term or carreer is up.
    At one time in this country, our nations leaders were more concerned about the legacy they left behind when they passed.
    Now, its nothing but a fat cat club and the one with the most capital wins.
    What it comes down to is todays leaders they are wimps. They are afraid to speak up for what is right for fear of reprisals from the politically correct.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  81. Steve, Clifton, VA

    It's a tad late to put it bluntly. where was this anger when liberties that Americans had enjoyed for decades were suddenly eroding right before our very eyes during a rather compact period of time. specifically, between 2001 through 2005. There were illegal wars declared; enactment of and subsequent violations of the Patriot Act; NSA and CIA spying on U S Citizens without probable cause; the outing of US spies by the US Government; entering two significant wars at the same time as a tax cut was enacted; enactment of a unfunded prescription drug Bill; and finally the involvement of the US Supreme Court to decide election outcomes which over rode the votes of the American citizens. We won't mention abuse of prisoners in US custody or the operations of black prisons in foreign countries to keep the American people in the dark. People have finally awakened to what the Federal Government has been doing for 9 years which was in direct conflict with the values and principles that this country has traditionally stood for. Now the U S economy collapse, which can be directly attributed to the acts by the Federal Government for 9 years, has landed right on the backs of the middle class. Folks are mad as hell and will not take it any more. Its a shame that President Obama is being blamed for this when it really spans back for at least 4 previous Presidents.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  82. Maurine

    I am tired of the fanning of the negative flames that might not be there if you were not bringing it up...
    I know you think Obama should be superman and fix everything with a wave of his wand but it would help if the Republicans offered any help at all such as being willing to vote to fix all the issues that need fixing.. why not a segment on everything Obama has done despite opposition . Please stop the leading statements and ..
    Just the facts... Jack !

    May 3, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  83. Lori - PA


    Legislation designed to help the American people isn't helping. In addition to that, the federal government continues to ignore the will of the American people. Oh, and let’s not forget closed door deals, lack of accountability, and not enforcing laws they've passed . For those reasons, I feel rising anger towards the federal government is justified.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  84. Lucy, from Texas

    I sure do hear about the rising level of public anger against the federal government from Fox News (and I use the word "news" loosely), the Republicans, and the Tea Party. But I know when Obama ran for president, every major media channel had polls on its website. Now, I haven't seen a poll on any major media website for months. ABC requires you to sign up for to be invited by email to participate in their polls. Sound like public opinions aren't so public anymore.

    I think the most accurate "news" stories are on Jon Stewart's the Daily Show. At least when the politicians lie, Jon shows the video of where they actually stated the opposite. There once was a time when the news reported facts that were doubled checked and those reporting the news tried to avoid giving personal opinions. Now, the news is a rumor that has to be taken with a grain of salt.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  85. bud rupert

    Jack – The people that want Government out of their lives change their tune when stuff hits the fan – Natural disasters, recessions, Oil Spills, unemployment and a host of other things. It's all good until something happens and then it's – Where's the federal government? And how come it's taken them so long to do something?
    I also hear many say – "I'm for states rights". Oh really! Many states are in a hell of a mess and unless I'm mistaken It was Uncle Sam that helped bail them out with the stimulous.
    If the federal govenrment is SO BAD and INEPT then don't ask them for help on anything. Let your state handle it. Of course you could say to these "haters"- you're on your own dude. it's all about "individual responsibility"- isn't it? But I digress

    May 3, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  86. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Jack, I don't think it is so much the Federal government as the worthless jerks running it, In my sixty nine years on this earth I've never saw such a worthless bunch of people in our government. We have thieves, liars, bigots, child molesters, pimps, adulterous and those who would sell their soul for a little power. None of this will ever change until there are laws that limit the terms in congress and very strict laws against the lobbyist.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  87. eric gregory

    $10 trillion debt, $20 trillion debt, seems like the numbers don't matter anymore. Fact is the country can't support itself anymore, its broke. Many states are worse off than Greece, the pension funds have been decimated by the big banks, wall street and capitalist greed. Best scenerio is starting over with an agenda based limited credit and having what we need. How can such a small percentage of the population have 98% of the money?

    May 3, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  88. Bob in Tampa, Fl

    The anger is understandable, when you watch what is going on in Congress. It's like pulling teeth without laughing gas, to get some action.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  89. Paul P.

    C'mon Jack you're feeding into the hyper-sensitive frenzy here a bit too much. Months ago CNN was reporting on how overworked Congress was with all they had to do. Now we're raking Obama over the coals for not achieving enough. I think if you looked at what he has worked on in a little over a year and compare it with 8 years of Bush, you'd sing a different tune. If Obama should criticized for anything, its his spending and the tactical, embracing approach to reforms which make his battles slower and more difficult.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  90. Joe CE

    Being angry at th government is stupid and a waste of time. People need to focus their anger to specific subject or politicans. Someone said that the majority is always wrong and this is not far off. We make progress in a zigzag pattern. Don't complain, put forth a better idea. You have one vote – that is all your entitled to.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  91. George from North Carolina

    During the bush years we were legitimately angry at not having any voice in starting wars or limiting personal liberties. Now we have an illigitimate anger at the current administration, whipped up by the very people who riled us in the first place, because the things they broke are't getting fixed fast enough.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  92. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    I’m mad as hell, but I still have to take it. For all of the above reasons, it appears that the only option will be a second revolution of some sort. I just hope the government wakes up and figures out that things will get really ugly out here unless they begin doing the people’s business, not Wall Street’s etc. If they don’t act before it’s too late, the crazies and radicals will put an end to what we used to know as our civil society.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  93. RichP, easton, pa

    They have wasted darn near 2 years on trash legislation. Jobs are number one, so far they only jobs they have taken care of are theirs.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  94. Phil-Eastern WA

    "At its worst, it can send signals to the most extreme elements of our society that perhaps violence is a justifiable response."

    People like Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, O'Reilly and Palin aren't helping the situation but instead continue to fan the flames of violence. All these morons have accomplished is pointing their fingers rather than offering any solution/s to the dilemma we face. These nut bags are entertainers and NOT journalists, and should be banned from the news media. "Fair and balanced" is an exaggerated misnomer.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  95. Ryan

    Public anger at the government coincides with the wasting death of the true moderate. During the previous administration, politically polarized individuals took to the street to jeer, mock, and protest George W. Bush and his policies. During this administration, the same is happening. In each case, the "side" in power portrays the protests in a poor light, but to assume certain qualities are the province of a given group is a dangerous game. We can paint an angry person with the brush we like, but that will never change the simple fact that they are angry. We do ourselves a disservice when we fail to ask uncomfortable questions as to why that might be, and fall back on easy, often insulting answers.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  96. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Jack Cafferty and CNN friends,

    I am shocked about the rising level of public anger against the federal government!
    The federal government must Now Really Stand Up for All the American People!

    Jurgen R. Brul

    May 3, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  97. Sam

    I think segments such as these allowing ordinary citizens to chime in only make it worse. These types of segments only attract people looking for attention, or merely wanting to give an incendiary, cynical response for the shock value. Don't be fooled into thinking you are getting a representative response from the public. It's time news organizations reported just the facts again, and retired these types of diversions.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  98. Donna from Colorado Springs

    All of these problems existed before Barack Obama became the President, yet, he gets all of the blame. Where were the protestors and the tea partiers when the former administration was screwing this country up so badly? Public anger is just an excuse these people have to justify their anger and resentment at having a black man as President. There was not this level of hate directed at Bush and I think it's because he was a white Republican who could do no wrong to certain people! Racism is at the heart of this so-called public anger and will be a memory if Republicans gain back control over the country.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  99. Tina - Tulsa, OK

    I feel the rising level of public anger against the federal government is justified because of the bullet points you listed. More importantly, I'm angry about the job situation. I was laid off from a $70K a year job so that my employer could give my job to someone in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There are no jobs with equal pay and benefits in my city to replace my job. That in a nutshell is what I'm agry about. If things don't get better soon, the anger against the federal government is going to boil over with dire consequences.

    President Obama should be doing something constructive to alleviate the anger rather than "taking aim at the angry, anti-government rhetoric." But what do you expect a president who in his last job, voted "present" rather than taking a decisive stand on something?

    As for as I'm concerned, the 2012 elections can come fast enough and Obama can be "one and done".

    May 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  100. Kevin of San Diego

    I feel real good about the rising level of public anger against the federal government! Like I said before local, state, and federal government wages should be cut to a base minimum wage at all levels until they actually succeed at something other than spending!
    Maybe we can do a joint venture with China to build a wall across the U.S.A. / Mexican border with housing, retail, and military garrison built into it for 10-14 million Chinese to operate as a way of getting them to reduce our debt! The Mexicans couldn’t say anything about civil rights and human rights violations about that could they?

    May 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  101. Simon/Orlando

    I think that's the point, Jack. They do not care how we feel. All they care about is maintaining their jobs and hanging on to their power. If they actually cared about how we feel about them, something would get done.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  102. frankie

    There was an extremely nasty anti-Obama political cartoon in my friendly local newspaper this morning. I have found it difficult to believe that people who cannot afford medical care being terrified of medical reform, is a grass-roots movement. The anger is carefully stoked, and ironically the fact that the Republicans deliberately stall out the government seems to create even more anger that they can nurse along with a little racism and turn against President Obama.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  103. Mark Northern PA

    Jack, I don't really see anything on your list that is any different than whats been there for years. I'm not angry at Government, I'm angry at my Republican Party which is continuing to do nothing other than say no and spend alot of time trying to stop the Democrats from doing something about these things. I was very proud of my fellow citizens when we elected Barak Obama president and thought that would mean change, but it appears that those who didn't vote for him and change are doing everything to stop change while they also do most of the complaining. Anger is OK if your willing to do something constructive with it but this Tea party stuff is counter productive and just anger for angers sake, and dangerous.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  104. Georgia from PA

    Doing nothing seems to be a "safe" policy of government officials for at least a decade. Why do something when your constituents are blinded to truth by talk and never look for actions. People believe what they want to believe, making the epiphany that nothing has been done outrageous; realizing politicians want to keep their jobs didn't fit into what people wanted to believe, the outcome is nothing is being done EVER.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  105. Dora in Atlanta Ga.

    Well, I don't want to be an apologist for our government, but I think we are progressing just fine despite unexpected events which always occur in our world and must be dealt with-like oil spills and bomb threats in Times Square-to name the latest.I feel that" the rising level of public anger" is unjustified and overblown.Period.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  106. A.B.

    Jack, some of this anger is overblown and really out of proportion to the reality of most people's disappointment and despair with government. There are areas of the government that are broken and in need of reform, but mostly, the government works reasonbly well in protecting Americans from most external and internal dangers. However, I think that government can and should do more to provide from the economic security of the American people. But to return to this issue of anger, the real issue is that people want more public services, but do not want to pay for those services and take those services for granted. That , Jack, is the real issue and not the anger that you report on. Try reporting on that real issue instead.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  107. Kathie

    It is scary. When our elected nonrepresentatives are more concerned with their own reelection, ignore the will of the people, fail to deliver on campaign promises, fail to end wars that should have never been started, cater to illegal aliens for the votes they will get, ignore federal laws re: illegal aliens and immigration, are owned by the special interests and do not even read/see our reported conerns responding only with a form letter that generally does not even address the issue relayed why shouldn't we be angry?

    May 3, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  108. Laura

    I want to know where all this anger was when Bush was running up the debt with programs not being paid for and starting two wars.

    Whether it was Obama or McCain following Bush there is no way this was going to be fixed in under two years or even four. The scope of this disaster is massive and while I am no big fan of Obama I give him credit for what he has been able to get done in this short time considering the blatant hostility from Republicans in Congress.

    He hasn't been able to accomplish that entire list in under two years? Maybe all this anger needs a pair of reality glasses.

    San Angelo, TX

    May 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  109. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, Obama is getting his feelings hurt over legitimate criticism of doing nothing. There was no end of criticism of the Bush Administration before, during, and long after they were in office. And that criticism, some deserved, was trumpeted by the same people as justified who are complaining about criticism of the Obama Regime! There are words to describe this "double standard", but hypocrite is one of few that can be broadcast!!

    May 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  110. Nancy

    We've been well trained by our government, haven't we? Mandates without funding from Washington, and problem pointing without solutions from Main St., a lose-lose proposition.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  111. Solitude

    "What do you expect? Now Obama is hoping house owners who are at the end of their teather, of trying to pay their morgage, will get in more debt to save his economic mistakes of the past fistical year."

    May 3, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  112. Ed from MD

    I try to keep it in perspective. Whatever anger people have toward the government is only over the bits of truth that slip through the cracks. The whole truth is probably much worse, like the people in the Matrix living in capsules having the life sucked out of them for energy. But for sure the Mr. Smiths and Mr. Obamas do not like it when people wake up to the truth.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  113. Jeff in Minnesota

    Let's see. Congress passed supposed health care reform that the public really didn't want because Joe and Jane Citizen knew we couldn't afford. Congress is in the process of passing financial institution reform that we all know will not really reform the industry that tanked our economy. Gee Jack, while I could continue to point out Congress' flaws, is there any wonder that enough people are P.O.'d at the federal government? These people are supposedly our 'best and brightest' yet they act like second graders. We need to clean house and get new blood in government.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  114. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville, Texas

    Jack, sadly it's because the best of the best, know better than get involved. So that gives us the cream of the worst to go to DC. I mean let's face it, when Sarach Palin is a keynote speaker, you have to ask yourself, who is serious with that. When politicians change their tune the way the latest poll blows, you have to ask where's your spine. As Wall Street cratered and we find out that the SEC muckity mucks were watching porn more than a hormonial laden teenager you have to ask yourself who keeps track of that department. So now we are heading to more government with apparently less result, the public is just supposed to grin?

    May 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  115. Solitude

    "FISCAL... I have trouble seeing out of my right eye Jack."

    May 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  116. Missy M.

    The media continues to misrepresent this issue. The public is not angry toward the federal government, they are angry at the actions of SOME key players in the government. Big difference. It doesn't matter who is in power – doesn't matter if it's a republican, democrat, libertarian or someone else – our system relies on people being involved and speaking out when they see something they don't like. it doesn't even matter if the people speaking out are wrong or right about the issue – it's that they are aware, active and keeping an eye on the government that counts.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  117. Sunshine

    Is it any wonder, Jack? Illegals running all over the place and the Government does nothing. Now they are back to amnesty or pathway to citizenship. Why? They want open borders and Calderon is coming so Hillary doesn't want anything to upset him.

    Rick Sanchez said today there are over 2M illegals in California, over 1M in Texas, 329K in florida, etc. If the Government has these numbers, then why in the hell aren't they out there rounding them all up.

    Of course they won't nor Obama. They would rather see the States go broke paying billions of dollars for their benefits. There are over 23 guest worker programs for farmers and they want to add another for illegals?????????

    Is it any wonder Americans are fed up with these idiots. We keep telling them no amnesty, no pathway to citizenship, secure our borders. Perhaps if I wrote it in Spanish they would understand. They say Arizona's immigration law is misguided, but I think the American people are being misguided by the dysfunctional government, including Obama who has become wishy-washy on everything.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  118. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Your question require a lot of writing since the government is us the people...which means all of us must ask ourselves why are we angry, how long have this anger been part of our lives and why is it still part of our lives! How do I feel about it? I feel we do not take the time as individuals and society at large to look at how this anger came about...as it came from all of us. We are the creators of our anger! Aren't we all angry at ourselves first, and then most of the time all our own human nature tend to blame others first, no! I feel that if we can work on all our anger we actually can change our lives for the better and improve the lives of people around us! We can try to change all the outside world at home and abroad...but it will never make us happy if we do not change our own inside world! Maybe we need to look at how do we define our lives in the 21st century living in a more perfect democracy and a fair, free market in respect of creating a more sustainable use of our natural resources including the use of our own energy and the energy of others as human beings having the right to live in dignity, love and peace! Welcome back Jack, of course we all missed you!:)

    May 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  119. Steve, NY

    Jack, I can't believe it, you have finally woke up. You're beginning to see things that all of have known and seen for the last 12 months. You're finally getting angry just like some of us. Congratualtions to you Jack,
    you are one of us.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  120. Joseph

    It is a smokescreen to hide the bigotry and the hypocrisy of the Obama-haters. If they were sincere, they would not have approved of the same behavior when it was committed by their hero, George W. Bush.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  121. Casey

    I was born in Iran. I’ve live in the US for over thirty years. The Iranian government represents hypocrisy, thievery, barbarism and deceit. They have lied so much that they’ve become compulsive liars, they lie even when they have no good reason to lie. The Iranian government is holding seventy million Iranians as hostages. Iranian government’s only goal is to develop a nuclear bomb so they can hold the rest of the world hostage. Stiff sanctions first, surgical military strikes next. That is the only language they understand.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  122. Clara Bernal McBride

    Illegal Immigrants demanding citizenship? We americans, soon to be a minority, should walk out and defend our constitution. Now !!!

    May 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  123. samuel

    We did not take Iraqs claim that they did not have WMDs , and look commited the crime of the century, why is it so hard to believe Iran wants nuc. energy for peaceful purproses? Thank You C-Span I was able to listen and hear both sides , Jack you lead the public away especially those who did not watch c-span with your school yard tactics.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  124. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Jack, we are all struggling right now with this recession, and it's easy to blame the government for our problems when actually, we'd be in a Depression if the government hadn't acted. Obviously, we must cut spending and raise taxes – but not during a recession.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  125. David Scott Doherty

    Angry, that's how I feel. I wonder if there were to be a public revolt to straighten out our government, would US troops respond as they did at Penn state 40 yrs ago? Would a united state soldier open fire on US citizens if ordered too. I wonder if the military troops are as disgusted as the rest of America is? After all the creed is to defend America, who is the real enemy here!
    Dave from NH.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  126. LS in Rochelle, IL

    I feel good about rising public anger against the federal government, the more the better.
    The midterm elections will sweep the democrats, who talk a good game and deliver nothing, out of office and send a strong message to Obama.
    He will get a good dose of "transparency" because the people are on to the BS he spouts.
    We are tired of lies and broken promises, bailouts to Wall Street billionaires and crumbs for the rest of the populace.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  127. Susan from Idaho

    Maybe anger will change the way we have been doing business. I believe in our president but I want action. He has over two years to keep my faith in him and I think he will.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  128. Judy - California

    Seems awful funny to me how we tolerated George Bushs' nonsense, who by the way is the perpetrator of a good portion of your list of things to be ticked off about. Now we have a black president who is has only been in office a little over a year, and ALL OF A SUDDEN everything is a CRISIS. I plan to give the man the amount of time agreed upon to help eleviate these problems, and if at the end of that time I don't like the condition of things I will vote for an independent candidate of my choice. Not an obstructionist republican.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  129. Anna Ortega

    Washington is on a narcissistic love affair with itself and government is no longer by the people or for the people. Washington bureaucrats look down on us from their ivory towers, jetsetting around the world on private jets, girded with their cadillac health plans, pension funds, jnd steady paychecks – that WE provide. We gave our expedient vote and are no longer necessary. Individually, we are not a political force per se, so we can be ignored and derided. We are regarded as being too lowly and uneducated. Washington thinks they know what is best when it comes deciding what to do with MY money. At least I can balance my checkbook, have money left over and I don't have to ransack Mom and Dad's retirement fund. I would be fired and sued for being so irresponsible and running my company into the ground. It's time to get them out, institute term limits – 2 turns and you're out! and help out our budget by not providing them with a life time pension, healthcare and all the other lifetime perks they get for serving just one term...Oh and I forgot! It is CIVIL SERVICE, service being the operative word. Serve your country, get out and leave it better than you found it. It's time Washington gets the message!

    May 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  130. Julie from Louisiana

    I, along with millions of others, believe there is good reason for the outrage. My problem is that the protesting groups are not treated equally. The "tea partiers" do not have to have swat teams call out, they don't throw bottles, they don't get arrested and they leave the place clean. Yet Bill Clinton said they are enciting potential violence. Look at the immigration people. They smear refried beans on the capital, they throw bottles at cops and leave the areas where they protest a mess. Yet the media doesn't talk about them enciting violence. As usual, double standard.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  131. Collene

    "How do you feel about the rising level of public anger against the federal government?"

    First of all, let me tell you that I'm a liberal, except for immigration...there I'm a staunch conservative.

    The anger I see is mostly justified, but I'm afraid of where it is taking us. I can see extreme factions trying to take over the government. They want to replace the average politician with those who are more extreme, enact new laws and fundamentally change who we are. If enough of them get together they actually can change government.

    Changing government does not sound like a bad thing, necessarily, but change it to what. I'd be comfortable if we were more like Denmark or Sweden, etc. I'd be terrified if we took the rightwing, religious tact and ended up more like a christian form of Iran, which is a distinct posibility. Depending on the new immigration laws we are planning to pass, we could end up like Mexico. Another unpleasant possibility.

    So, maybe it all depends on who it is, who is angry and how angry they
    are. Right now, it looks like the rightwing fringe is the most angry. That is scarey. I see Iran looming in the distance.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  132. Gerry In Toronto

    So where was the outrage in the 8 Bush years when these two wars were started, the 12 million illegal immigrants crossed the border into the USA, The debt sky rocketed out of control, and absolutely notinh done on any of the other issues.

    Why blame Obama for Bush's incompetence and bad management

    May 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  133. Ann from Charleston SC

    People have been angry over the way the government is run ever since George Washington took office. Everyone wants the government to do things according their personal desires without regard for the effect their desires might have on others. We are in such an “all about me” society that people cannot understand that our government has to reconcile diversity. People also think that the government is like the drive-up window at McDonalds and they should get their orders delivered right now. When that doesn’t happen, they get angry.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  134. Eric - Houston

    I am encouraged, yet troubled. I am encouraged in that it is possible that the American people may be realizing after putting up with George Bush and now Barack Obama, that the real problem is fringe politicians whose arrogance and mistrust of the people they say they represent make they and the leaderships of their respective parties more alike than different regardless of whether they are wedded to the far right or far left. These politicians have proven that they are out for their ideologies and staying in power and could care less what the majority of the American people want or think. Maybe we will all do our homework and then all vote this time, if not for moderates, because they may not be available, for split government.

    I also am troubled. Troubled when a politician's "highest form of patriotism" becomes latent racism or inappropriate and dangerous talk when public disagreement with a policy is directed at them rather than their opponent. I am also troubled that when you have 300 million people you may in there somewhere have a few real crazy people whose angers and frustrations may manifest in despicable ways. Tthough I am not whiling to give up my rights or trample the rights of others because of this.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  135. Randy, Chicago

    The majority of the media is owned/controlled by rightwing billionaires and they are always focused on attacking a Democratic President.We saw the hatchet job they did on the Clintons.They have worked hard and spent much to get their will imposed on the rest of America.Using fear and selling religion as their's exclusively.Sadly many are manipulated by fear and scare tactics.They don't worry about their lack of integrity and only shout there beliefs louder when challenged.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  136. Fred in L.A.

    No surprise to me. I knew that President Obama lacked the experience for the job, and the anger is warranted.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  137. Gigi

    It's the saddest mess going on today mainly because 99% don't know what they are taking about. It's all slogans and trash talking nothing of substance, no solutions or good advice. And first and foremost we are a republic not a democracy. So what are we going to do.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  138. Viv from NY

    I feel the level of anger is definitely misplaced considering the same people remained QUIET during 8 years of Bush who got us in to the 2 wars , did little for immigration reform, did nothing on climate change , did nothing about gays, allowed the deficet to grow , gave out tax cuts to benefit the rich at the same time encouraged the financial banks to give out loans while encouraging people to buy homes and allow the banks to go un regulated. And he did nothing about bringing jobs back home.

    So far Jack in one year of being in office President Obama has at least started health care reform, started to turn around the economy with a stimulus bill Including funding for "green" jobs. Initiated first steps to provide more than $60 billion for clean energy , did cash for clunkers, overturned the federal funding ban for stem cell research and most of all changed the way the world now views the USA into favorable from unfavorabel ! So now what are they really angry about?

    May 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  139. Jim in Alabama

    While I realize that this President has had an unusually full plate of unresolved things left behind by the Bush Administration, I had hoped that he would act more decisively on key issues such as the wars, banking reform and immigration than he has. I was so hopeful, but as time has dragged on, I've come to the conclusion that he's not much different than those before him, but then again, he hasn't had one grain of cooperation from the Republicans. Bipartisianship can work wonders when it comes to getting things done. He hasn't had that.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  140. Bruce Irwin

    I think your list sets the table for our National bellyache against a government that serves only bacon from borrowed money.
    A Chinese Friend/Reporter from P.R.of China in a internet chat room asked me last week about my opinion of democracy..... "It is not working well right now here" I said,,,,, then added "No goverment can stay in power for long without the support of it's people and ingtegrity coming from it's leaders". Maybe this is why China will soon be, if it is not already, the richest Nation in the world.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  141. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    I get concerned that the fear mongering and tea party rallying is far less about affecting positive change and far more about getting the crazies on the fringe to act out violently so that those repugs who made the messes can get back into power. I don't doubt many are angry – just not the majority. The polls will tell....

    May 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  142. frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Looks like cable news is as much a bunch of yellow journalists as some of the newspapers are. Anything for ratings.

    Worst are those that aren't journalists but are professional mob agitators.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  143. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    The other side of "Nothing done." are the obstructionists in the Senate. The President referenced many bills that have passed the House and languish in the Senate. They add up to almost 300 which addresses some of the issues you cite, Jack.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  144. Sue

    I know that we can't blame this on our President. I did not hear anyone blame this on Bush now or when he was in charge and caused this mess. Let's be fair and put the blame where it should be.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  145. Mchael in Phoenix

    I feel it is about time. Our country has a ruling class that does not represent it citizens, which from my recolection, is one of the reasons this country was created in the first place.

    I think of a business, and I take away reason and accountability.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  146. Michael, Las Vegas

    I think it total bull, all this anger at the government is nonsense. When are you going to call out the true culprit. The Republican party or their elected leaders. I want to know where was all the anger when Bush was in office and got us into two wars, ran up the deficits and shredded the construction. The government works for us!! I say this to all Americans, if you want to fix it get involved, stop the ranting and raving and know how your government works. Do your homework and understand the problems. If you want to fix it be prepared to do the following.

    Pay higher taxes.
    Reduce the military.
    Reduce corporate welfare.
    Invest in America.
    Stop believing the talking points of idiots.
    Vote people out that don't work for you.

    I can go on and on, but there are too many people that listen to Palin, Beck, Hanity and Rush, the mindless leaders.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  147. Ray, Florida

    The question should be, why wasn't all of these people angry during the last administration when the deficit was high, two wars were started, costing billions of dollars? Don't forget the banks began failing near the end of that administration, before President Obama. Where was all of the outcry then??
    As soon as we elected a qualified, highly intelligent man, ( who happens to be black and white) who tackled this huge mess, trying to fix some of it. He has faced all of this opposition from the party of NO, and the tea baggers. DO YOU WONDER WHY??? Oh well, I guess if the republicans ever get control again, they have shown us how to 'say NO, and protest too. It will be coffee and hot chocolate time then.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  148. Ike

    Sad to me are those so onesided that other opinions have to be emotional, to say.. Obama's WH cleaned up a horrible financial downfall and settled a nasty healthcare issue, at least steps to better things for everyone..
    He's awfully considerate of all, and not just those close to him or his party..

    Thnx for input n Congrats great show n career


    May 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  149. Tom

    I don't understand why everyone thinks it is violent. The problem is you have a Government that is not listening to the people. They are doing what they want without regard to what the people want. You forgot granting themselves raises in your list. Really, a raise. Do you really have to wonder why people are upset?

    The people are not happy with what is going on and it gets crammed down our throats. What with lical taxed skyrocketing and the Feds raising everything they can and we can't pay our bills.... Your damn right we are upset and getting madder every minute.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  150. Jaym Esch


    There is ONE source of the anti-government sentiment. That is the hate propaganda and fearmongering spread each day by Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the right-wing propaganda machine. Their lies are not challenged by responsible media, including CNN. Until we stop Limbaugh, Hannity and their ilk from preaching lies to the sheeple that listen to them, we will remain the Divided States of America- and right-wing violence WILL follow.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  151. D.A. Benson


    How do I feel? Vindicated
    How does the liberal media feel?


    May 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  152. Darren Johnson

    I have always tried to be an optimist, and I used to chuckle when my grandmother would say the world is "going to hell in a handbasket." I had really hoped Obama was going to change things. But nothing has changed. The rich get richer and the world is being ruined in the process. I can hear my grandmother saying "I told you so!"

    Darren in Fairbanks, Alaska

    May 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  153. Dave Vandalia, Ohio,

    Jack you sound very bitter...Maybe if your obstructionist buddy Boehner changed his revolutionary attitude and worked on some of these issues, many of which have bills that have passed the house, you could cross some off of your list. Sorry you seem as if Obama hasn't done something for you, but the party of no has set in their heels and aren't budging. Enjoy saying 'nothing done' for awhile Jack. How about getting off the 'sore loser' bandwagon!

    May 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  154. James From Florida

    The rising level of anger toward the federal government is due to the stark ideological divide between this Administration and the majority of the American people. They pass laws we don't want and do nothing about the ones we do. These people seem to think being elected to office is a greenlight to do whatever they want, even if that means undermining the basic principles and ideas this country is about. Democracy doesn't pause after election day, it should be facilitated at every waking moment. When you ignore the people at every turn, expect a loud reaction.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  155. GAS

    Level of supposed anger is healthy for the country. Strong real time communication supports this. Anger is the wrong word to reference. Caring for government performance is all our responsibility. Not just the wealthy or voted few. Jack- things can and will always be able to be better then they are. Never Satisfied.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  156. Jim Gualdoni

    Jack – You are naive. The anger isn't about legislative issues. It's about having a black man as leader of the nation and commander in chief. The preisdent could be god-o n-earth and do miracles in government, and many people would viciously hate him because he's black-and-in-charge.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  157. ray

    Jack, anger is rising because the silent majority has finally had enough of being lied to by both dems and republicans. Special interest groups represented by lobbyists continue to force their far right and far left agendas on middle america. We need a relevant third party alternative before it is too late..if it is not already!


    May 3, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  158. Carl

    The hate and anger is very well deserved. Our mostly worthless government politicians have for to long been bought and paid for by the lobbists. I fear that nothing can be done at this point, except maybe replacing most of the worthless government leeches. I just don't see an end in sight for all the dumb, stupid things our government does and doesn't do.
    Carl who lives in the corrupt state of Illinois

    May 3, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  159. Gary in Pa

    So Obama is upset with our rhetoric, too bad. He and the Democrats promised that "change you can believe in", what a lie. Just typical Democrat "know-it-alls". They've been controlling Congress since 2006, remember Dems, you took control of Congress after the 2006 election. And you haven't done anything since then. So why should we continue to believe you. Now is the time that we vote you idiots out of office, If you're upset with my rhetoric, too bad

    May 3, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  160. Gerard Greiner

    The way I feel about the rising level of public anger against the federal government is that a lot of time, effort and money are being wasted on each party fighting against each other. The vast majority of the problems listed that have not been taken care of by this administration is not from the lack of trying. There needs to be more co-operation in Washington in order for these vital issues to be addressed. This is not only so we Americans can enjoy a better quality of life because as we well know, what affects one country affects the rest of the world.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  161. Jim - Michigan


    The problem is that politicians thrive on dividing the country. Bush used national security as a fear tactic; Obama villinizes the wealthy, businesses etc... Take note of some comments psoted here, people want to blame Bush for the deficit, disregarding the fact that only congress can spend money, not the president and the democrats have controlled congress for the past four years, two of which where the last two years of the Bush administration.

    We "The People" who are blinded by a political party are fed up, 49% of this country pay no taxes yet are thrilled by politicians who promise better benefits and enriching entitlement, the rest of us have to pay for it. This administration has spent more in one year than the last one did in 8 years.

    Politicians are eager to legalize illegal immigrants because they are sure votes. When our military and intelligence communities do their best to protect this country but their methods are suspected of violating a law these politicians scream from their soapboxes that we are "A Nation of Laws," yet when confronted with people entering this country illegally e.g., violating our immigration laws suddenly our laws are not so important.

    To the point Jack, if you are getting a free ride through life on the backs of taxpayers life is good and you should be happy, but if you are a taxpayer you find yourself provinding less to your family so that you can support somebody elses/

    May 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  162. SAM

    Now more than ever, I believe Libertarianism is the way to go if our country wants to get back to its roots. No Social Sercuity, no medicare, no welfare, no government regulation on business, no wars if not to defend our own land on our soil, privatized everything else. Free immigration – only the strong and hardworking survive and prosper. These individual and economic freedoms are the principles upon which our country was founded.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  163. Anthony

    Jack, these are the right wing people who don't want to see this country going in the right direction under the leadership of a black president, Its' really sad that these people want to go against everything this man is trying to do. I can say we are better off then we was a couple of years ago under the GOP leadership. I think the GOP/ TEA PARTY people need to stop the anger that they have fueled since Obama has been elected and get behind him and help. They have been making things worse.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  164. Tim Sit

    Why all the big noise now? I did not see armed protesters when we went into Iraq. I did not see tea-bag-hats when the first bail out was issued with no accounting behind it. I did not see signs comparing the President to Hitler when illegal wire-taps were first made part of society's fabric. It seems that those making the biggest noise now, were screaming about communism every time a public option was mentioned, and are still in denial regarding climate change.

    I do NOT agree with a LOT of the decisions that this administration has made, but I'm not going to be laying blame where it doesn't belong. The "rising level of public anger against the federal government" is misdirected. The fact that it's happening only now leaves me feeling only one thing – embarrassment that a nation can be asleep for so long, and then whine so loudly and petulantly about the mess it got itself into.


    May 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  165. Karen, Fenton, MI

    You know the saying, "Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way."
    In November 2008, President Obama and a Democratic congress were given orders to LEAD, so the obstructionist Republicans should follow or get the hell out of the way. That's it, in a nutshell.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  166. Hector figueroa

    What % of voters actually vote on the US elections?
    It is those that don't vote that shows that a determinant # of Americans either don't believe in elections and don't care about the US democracy, or can't vote because of deficiencies with registering to vote by the poor and ignorant.
    As a Puerto Rican who votes in our Colonial elections which essentially don't give any real political power to those elected, together with 80% of voters, I don't understand why the issue is not the disassociation of so many US voters!
    The US still is the most powerful country in the world. Your citizens don't care? The goverment does not care to increase the % of voters? Madness is the only word that can answer ur ?.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  167. Hunter

    I believe it was Ambrose Bierce who described an idiot as a member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence over society is dominant and controlling. Who are the bigger idiots? Members of Congress, or the people who keep reelecting them?

    Coral Springs, Florida

    May 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  168. eric

    Jack, .
    I don't have resentment against the federal government, I still have resentment for "W" and the republicans who put this country in the position we are still in today.. Unlike some Americans.. I don't have a short term memory from 12 years of failed republicans policies..Americans need to give President Obama time to fix our country's problems .. he has been office 16 months .. not eight years like W.. I will save my judgment until 2012..

    May 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  169. steve- virginia beach

    I think it's great. Under the circumstances, it's exactly what the founding fathers had in mind when they wrote the 1st ammendment. And they've been peaceful. I do have an issue with the leftist's response to the protests, and the Presiden'ts failure to condemn the violence and manufacturing of racism on the part of the progressives, illegal aliens, and other Obots. Or the no-church "reverend" for inciting it.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  170. Jim in Oaklnade County Michigan

    Jack – You are naive. The anger isn't about legislative issues. It's about having a black man as leader of the nation and commander in chief. The president could be god-o n-earth and do miracles in government, and many people would viciously hate him because he's black-and-in-charge. Jack, you've been around the block a few times. You know the real world Get real.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  171. steve

    most of the people dont have most of the money so nothing will ever change... nothing..........

    May 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  172. W.N. Sanabria

    The level of anger at the government would be more believable if it were not a couple of years too late. We had an administration that lied us into war and then badly mismanaged them . They inherited a surplus and a pay off the debt strategy and pilfered that away in tax cuts to the rich and corporate welfare. They looked the other way while Wall Street ran amuck. Where was the outrage then? It waited until we elected someone who is trying to clean up the mess, and now we're mad? Really!

    May 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  173. Clarence Berry

    90% agree that the gov. is broken...and most of us are "broke". Trouble is 90% of the wealth controlled by the 10% are doing just fine with it.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  174. Ross in NC

    Much of this ill thinking stems from America seeing a lot of violent criminal behavior in states dealt with using kid gloves. This actually encompasses crime at all levels. By now laws should have been enacted on so-called lesser matters such as operating motor vehicles while on cellphones. A very large number of older and wiser Americans are much opposed to such what they would term as very "dumb behavior" being done every day by millions in our population. The list goes on. One thing for sure is that eventually the emotion will reach critical mass. I do not want to be in this country when that time arrives.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  175. loislane

    We finally have an energetic President of the United States. So the people energize. Mr. President Obama is bold, and he is taking on some issues that are tough and need considerations. He has done a lot- helked the environment- so fourth. I have not seen any other leader in my time who takes on issues worth a mention.
    So people feel his energy and fight also. Are they fighting with their fists- not intelligence? Health-care reform- Perhaps we should ask him to insure reform for the people with pre-existing conditions. Maybe what we need is an online poll for suggestions. We should not have to yell to get a response. The president is a leader for the United States, meaning he is listening. And becasue he listens does not mean we can't.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  176. Mike

    This all boils down to two very simple definitions:

    Republicans = The Party of NO

    Democrats = The Party of I DON'T KNOW.

    Torrance, CA

    May 3, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  177. debbie Long

    Problem with Obama Jack is, he's to quick to blame Bush, he's been in office for 2 yrs now and he still blames Bush. he needs to get the chip off his shoulder and begin to work as a president rather then a dictator always on campaign,.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  178. steve- virginia beach

    The only violence has been on the part of the progressives and illegal aliens. And if Obama is concerned about the rhetoric of anti-government protesters, maybe he should listen and take heed. This is our country. We the People.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  179. Mance Lotter

    The gov't is supposed to protect our rights so we are free to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Somewhere along the way, the gov't convinced itself it is to PROVIDE or GUARANTEE those things. Hence, responsible people are (and will continue to get) angry.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  180. Gary

    You want to hang this on someone look in the mirror. This is a democracy; less than half of the empowered citizens of this land bother to vote but they all jump in line to complain. We go to sleep every night comfortable that the finest military in the world is watching over all of us, we drive confidently on the most sophisticated higway systemm in the world, even at it's worst we have the best standard of living in the world, and you claim the Government is doing nothin for us.

    We have become a nation of entitled whiners, no one wants to serve in the Government but we all want to complain about those that do. We base our votes on sound bites fed to us by the media without ever investigating the people that run for office. We all complain but how many people can even tell you the name of their Representative or either Senator and then wonder why they couldn't care less about how you feel about any issue. There's nothinbg wrong with the car, it's the drivers!

    May 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  181. Don MacCullough

    Ranting and raving about bad government does zero good. Instead of listening to talking heads who misinform and underinform , either intentionally or through a failure to understand the issues themselves, won’t get it done. All the “angry” issues you list continue to be problems because the previous administration and their allies ignored them, deliberatly blocked potential soluntions, or demagogued them . If the American people vote them back in, they deserve the do nothing, special interest dominated government they will get...

    May 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  182. Willie12345

    It's the illegals that are angry at our government. The Tea Party people are as happy as they can be.

    Unless the illegals get free health care (Oh, sorry, they do already), free public education ( Sorry again, they do already), don't have to pay taxes, (darn it, I keep making this mistake), and can push around the citizens of this land (Ops, They do push us around), ....they are going to riot in the streets of our major cities and then smuggle drugs into this country.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  183. Mance Lotter

    Politicians listen to the people who have given their responsibility and accountability to the gov't. Those of us who still believe men are the architects of their own fate will continue to be frustrated with an ever growing and instusive gov't that thinks it has to solve our problems rather than realize it is MUCH of the problem.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  184. Cory Seattle

    I feel the entire government is a sham. No one does anything. The right cry foul when they don't win office and prohibit anything from happening, while the left stand there and take it. Where is the spark, the bite, the fire we desperately need in Washington to reign in these evil men and women? It is time for both parties to act responsibly or get out. Our country doesn't need parties that are evil and greedy and refuse to work for the greater good of our society.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  185. Daniel McGlynn

    Daniel from Sterling Heights, Mi;

    I say the people have no where to look but at themselves! Don't look at the government for all the answers. Look at your neigbors who don't vote, the neighbor that buys foreign instead of American, and those that shop at Walmart instead of the Mom and Pop shop in the neigborhood. It's simple, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up, not the other way around. Everyone has to start taking responsibilty for their everyday choices, whether they like it or not, their choices have a drastic affect on our local economies which directly effects the whole US economy. Start voting for AMERICA, NOT CORPORATE AMERICA!

    May 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  186. rrock

    Yeah everyone's mad about someone else's hand out. Everyone wants something from government (health care, giant aggressive military, fat contracts, jobs, social security, medicare, roads, pork projects, space program, airports, bailouts of states and companies etc) and no one wants to pay for them. The politicians are just passing out the goodies so they can get elected and ducking issues that might cause them to loose votes.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  187. Chris, Seattle

    I think i am more upset at my state government. It seems like every time I turn around state, county, and city governments are taking peoples money and putting up new regulations with very little oversight because for the most part people feel powerless to do anything about it, and rarely pay attention to local politics and issues. These policies and taxes are far more of an intrusion on our lives then the feds by a long shot.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  188. Frank Welch

    People are fed up with how Washington is handling matters concerning the public it is representing. I am mad as a hatter at the federal government come Monday May 10, 2010 I will be losing my tier four benefits. No money to put gas in my so that I can buy food let alone take a bus to get to the store. It seems once again our elected officals forgot about those of us who are going to be without unemployment benefits. We elect our representatives to serve us instead they are serving themselves with money from lobbist and other sources.

    Disconnected from Washington

    May 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  189. Donna Pike

    Your column makes it sound like this destructive anger is bipartisan. I don't know any angry liberals who are talking about "end times", arming themselves, and flying flags that say "Don't Tread on Me". I know conservatives who are doing all these things.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  190. Anthony

    America is going to fall just like Rome.
    there is nothing you can do about it.
    every system in existing fails eventually no matter how long or how little it reigns. Entropy os the cause of death for america unfortunatly all we can do is sit back watch the fireworks and hope we dont get covered by the ashfalt.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  191. Frances Kelly


    Every single issue on your list was on "the list" when GWB was Presiden. Many people were sick at heart at how he handled, or didn't, these same issues.... The Tea party, the attitude of anger toward President Obama is clear and simple– "racist" - (yet, he has as many WASP genes in his heritage as the best of the right-wing people who think he has stolen their turf.) He is so responsible, so intelligent, has accomplished much, and understood what he is up against.. - and he has been in office 17 months, not 96.... Frances Kelly

    May 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  192. K Leonard

    Why because the media and the republican party has been lying to the American public. Especially Cnn and Foxnews. Giving air to all liars like the birthers and deathers and other people in most other circumstances would be standing on a street corner screaming at people. While everyone laughed at them but you gave them a credibility.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  193. nojabo

    I have to laugh at all the commenters who suggest that the only reason people are mad is because we now have a black President. Really? Does anyone not realize that the primary reason President Obama was elected was because huge numbers of people who typically vote Republican grew absolutely fed up with the antics of Bush and his Republican enablers and voted Democratic? This issue goes back years and it better be addressed or it's going to be ugly and I don't care what color the President is or what party he or she hails from. This is going to be ugly.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  194. L Levinson

    Cafferty File
    Perhaps people are angry because they are no longer ware that in a representative democracy, the individual citizen is ultimately responsible or the decision made by government. Our media makes their money in part by sexualizing the interaction of decision makers usually negative. Our elections are run on the basis of emotion rather than fact. Everyone is amazed when we get a voter turnout over thirty or forty percent of registered voters. Children expect to have someone else make decisions; adults are supposed to examine the problem and find a reasonable solution. Perhaps we make it impossible for our elected representatives in government to function rationally. We do not like taking responsibility ourselves. In a democracy, we are the ones who put them in office. So perhaps the enemy is not the government but us. Come to think of it, we are responsible for your utterances because we watch you.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  195. Mike, PA

    I have done somthing that I never would have considered one year ago.I purchased a rifle and a handgun. I am a registered Indipendent, But things have to change. Hopefully this Nov. The goverment is Not listening to the People. I have'nt marched yet, I have to work. but if I have to go into the streets, I Will...
    Trexlertown, PA

    May 3, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  196. Dave

    No kidding
    Where's the common sence way of looking at these issues?
    And dealing with them!

    May 3, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  197. Jacqueline Mongeot

    The open hostility displayed by both major parties prevents the accomplishments the new administration had projected. President Obama has taken over what I call " a mess" at all levels. Instead of working together to solve America's most glaring problems Congressmen work for their own party or selfishly for themselves in the hope to be reelected. Most Americans cannot discern where the truth is, they are frustrated, do not know what to believe or who to believe; I may add they are prone to listen more often to catchy slogans than to sensible plans to resolve our problems. They also fail to understand that it takes time, more than a year, more than 2 years to accomplish all the points listed. All of us should help not undermine what all of us voted for.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  198. Bob - Rawson Argentina

    Justified but I NEVER hear any logical and suggested answers from all the complainers. If you have a question, expect to be asked for a solid suggestion to solve the issue!!

    May 3, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  199. Mary, Front Royal VA

    I, like most people in this country do not trust "the government" and do not feel that "most" care or want what is "best for this country". All they seem to care about is being reelected. That includes BOTH parties. Changes MUST be made. Term limits must be instituted or the people must institute it themselves with their votes. Show your anger at the voting booth. Out with the old and disruptive government and in with the new. Most members of Congress and the Senate have been in office WAY too long.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  200. Luis Teixeira

    Is not the goverment only, us the congress too, they are making increase the violence, the hate and the Racism, betwen them and the hispanic comunities with the poplulation of Usa, the immigrants are the first on the line, and AZ make a law, that everybody start to reject, because is not fair, is not human, and after the most bigest march of people the may 1, I never see so many people on the history of the world together, asking for justice, have to be blind the congress, to ignorem them, and inhuman to not do nothing....

    May 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  201. Carolyn Toney, AL

    I believe that we have elected officials (of all parties) on all levels...local, state, and federal who no longer care about the people they represent. The best way to get their attention is to replace them with, hopefully, new officials who do care and will listen to us. I believe that most Americans are tired of being taken for granted and completely ignored. We need to be upset enough (and not just complain) to make the change.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  202. carol

    People have always been unhappy with government in one way or the other. But there are people now like Palin and Beck, and the idiots who believe them, that make sure these people remain "riled up." They "holler" and protest, but have no solutions. I believe these people, along with Palin, Beck, etc., are a danger to the country.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  203. Ken in NC

    All I can say is if it reaches the tipping point of my EX-mother in law, Hell hath no furry like a woman scorned. Men might wear the pants but don't diss the women.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  204. Curtis in Kansas

    You folks blaming the Bush administration – especially the last two years of it – conveniently forget that Democrats had control of both the House and the Senate... you know, where laws are made and spending bills originate.

    loislane – check into what Pres Bush did for the continent of Africa and the environment... you might be surprised.

    The best way to think about the influence of the President is he's like the quarterback of a football team – there are 21 other guys that play on the field yet he gets the lion's share of the blame and credit... neither of which is often warranted.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  205. Bill in Rochester

    OK Jack, you wanted feedback. Your list still doesn't hit the sweet spot of the bitter attitude by the public for our Federal Government leadership. Here it is and you can publish it or not. Oversight organizations at the Federal level, were asleep at the switch while taking public dollars in their salary. So we paid politicians to be while then watching our net worth and jobs disaappear. Now we must bailout the bailout by paying higher taxes in the future. Politicians need to take their job and the attendant ethics very seriously and they don't seem to do so-that is what has the US population in an outrage.

    Bill in Rochester

    May 3, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  206. P Miller

    Why would we ever expect our government to do anything differently, when they continue to abide by by the same rules that were created by aristocrats well over 200 years ago. Isn't the definition of insanity expecting different results, while you continue to do the same thing over and over again?

    May 3, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  207. Eliot

    I will start off by stateing that it is our fault as a nation that we have sat back and let it come to so many issues yet now that people are standing for what they believe in, they aren't being heard and as a human when we are Not heard we take action so that we will be. Its human nature.. yet mabey not the most intellegent but how do you expect americans to react.. when the goverment doesn't like situations in other countrys..they take action..how are we supposed to take action with no force ? While believing that force isn't the answere

    May 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  208. Ron Schmoltze

    "The rising level of public anger" is being fueled and fanned by opinion jocks like you, who quote half baked statistics and pose "questions" that are presented in a form that will elicit your desired response. This will let you come on at the end of the hour and say: "I told you so"

    Two thirds of Americans don't believe you or the Tea Potters.

    Ron Schmoltze

    May 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  209. mrbill

    I think it is about time people start showing their anger with the government, What else will the government listen to. I say get on your soapbox and shout loudly. Myself I'm mad as hell and I DON'T want to take it anymore.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  210. Mike

    Public anger against the federal government is the right of the people when they are disatisfied with the status quo. This is a message that Obama should take as concern to learn what the American people expect and not what he thinks should be rammed. Obama's promise of transparancy and cross the isle politics was BS to start with. Now you know.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  211. Kevin in SoCal

    The anger is justified as people watch their standard of living decrease, and the corporate control of Congress increase.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  212. Rick

    I think many of the Bush/Cheney/Palin/mcCain people are sore losers, and are acting like children. The peaceful liberals did not do any of this embarrassing stuff when we lost and endured 8 years of the former administration's actions. We didn't like them, would never agree to them, but we remained civil and worked toward positive change.

    These angry people wooudl help themselves and everyone else, if they would grow up and behave. I think there is still the same amount of frustration with government as always; the difference in how it is manifested is in the group who is unhappy. Humans first, Americans second, Republican or Democrat (or other) third. Be good humans and the others will follow.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  213. rdepontb

    As a rant, this was very much beneath you. You gave not a single positive thing about our form of government, about what Obama has and is doing (e.g., health care, re-finding our international friendships, lowering the tone on discrimination and bigotry, elocution and articulation!). You rant on as if everything is a drop-dead problem instead of a moving state of being alive.

    Sure, we might all like an ideal world with no problems. What was that movie....Soylent Green? 1973? Where "paradise" meant no education, no need to work, everything taken care of...only to find that humans were to be used as the main food supply for the big bad underground peoples. Is that what you want? For us to foresake any problems, to make believe they're all gone away?

    You could do better for a topic; had a tough weekend, I guess?

    May 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  214. Kevin

    I do not get what the anger is all about. Where was the anger when the previous administration almost ran our entire economy to the ground? Anger because the current administration wants health care for our own people? I'd rather take that than spending our money abroad.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  215. Wendy T. in Orange County, CA

    Jack - Where are all the jobs the stimulus bill was supposed to bring? At least four neighbors on my street, and also my husband, have lost their jobs and can't find new ones. This is being repeated all over America, and I think it's making a LOT of people angry. It seems like our hard earned tax dollars have gone to questionable programs and banks that won't loan money instead of to the people who need them most.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  216. Laurel

    I am angry with the government myself. I am a Libertarian and am all for reducing the government who is getting too big for its britches.

    Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged predicted this kind of economic and societal meltdown, and now it is occurring. Ask not "Who is John Galt" but rather "Where is John Galt when we need him?"

    May 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  217. Burbank

    This is why we need to impose term limits on politicians. It's become a constant re-election campaign, they start working on the next one the day after the election. They are worried about actually being of service, only about how to keep the taxpayer supporting them so they don't have to return to real jobs.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  218. Mark


    I work for the Federal government. I'm not a politician, just a public servant. Being angry is okay, it's even healthy because it can lead to change. Many of us in public service are just as angry and frustrated with the tools we are given or not given to solve problems. Too much anger, however, leads to crimes like the Oklahoma City Bombing, which targeted dedicated public servants. It's okay to be angry, America, but direct that anger where it truly belongs–the politicians in Washington–and do something constructive, not destructive to bring about change. Please.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  219. Pat Irvine

    When the majority of Americans are not listened to, why should we be supportive?
    Pelosi told us we could see the health care bill after it passed. That attitude symbolizes Washington. It's about politics not people.

    Let's take care of the economy, jobs and border security. Then we can talk.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  220. K Leonard

    From the Day Obama got elected the republican party decided not to work with him and colluded with Lieberman and Ben Nelson to make sure that nothing got done. The republicans decided that it wasn't in their best interest to do anything but be obstructionist and this is what you got. Liberman may have caucused with the democrats but when push came to shove he voted with the republicans

    May 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  221. Aaron Jones

    Question was: How do you feel about the rising level of public anger against the federal government?

    Maybe people are starting to wake.

    If more people read the constituion, they would know how the Federal Government is suppposed to function.
    What its powers really are.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  222. MikeM

    Half of America is angry 'cause the government has done too much, the other half because it has done too little. Why? Because our Congress is full of people who want things their way or no way. Whatever happened to Congress working for the common good? Does anybody know what that is anymore?

    May 3, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  223. steve

    You ask left wing questions you get left wing answers. There isnt a reasonable post in this whole string.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  224. Martin Williams

    All the stuff listed about why people are angry with the government is true and its being true since world war II. Now all of a sudden people think the government should be a profit making enterprise. That is not going to happen especially goverments like the United States of America. We want to be the world police like telling Iran they cannot have nukes but okay for Pakistan, India, Ireseal etc to have one. Spending billions of dollars every week on two unwinable wars....stupid.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  225. DollParts

    Some of us still remember last decade – Bush, Cheney, Halliburton, et al...

    I'm a Centrist, a Progressive one, an Obama voter, who took a chance that this would be better than what we had.

    I'm not happy with all that the man has done and not done but for petesake, just look at the GOP. Look at it. You wanna hand the country over to the Becks, Limbaughs, Bachmanns, and Palins of the country?


    May 3, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  226. bruce aubart

    I'm 60 years old, and I've been hearing the same thing for my whole life .
    "The government is so corrupt, and we know it, but nothing gets done about it". Well, today's government and banking system have gone too far this time. I really believe that something will be done about this situation. Things had to go so bad before it inspired people to really look at everything and say "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore". Hopefully it can be accomplished without violence. I know that I am not going to vote for any incumbent this Fall, and I will encourage everyone else that is voting to do the same. That is the common man's best power over these power and money hungry politicians.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  227. JC in California

    I think we lost or way when we, as a culture, decided that the federal government could solve all of our problems.

    I would like to remind the hired help in DC that a strong central government and lack of freedom made the Soviet Union what it is today – extinct.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  228. Jack

    Most Americans do not care? It is just part of the fall of a empire. Learn to speak Chinese.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  229. Denise

    I am surprised that some American’s are not acting as smart as they are. Spreading negative and harmful words is not healthy. You can not speak things into existence, crying and fussing about the mess BUSH left us in, yet blaming everything on President Obama. Obama is not GOD. We have never had this much transparency with a President before! He has put things into action to help, which will take time. We all know what this is all about… it’s as simple as White and Black. Get over it and let’s move on in unity and help one another out. American’s need help with flooding, crime… The news should report more on Obama’s progress.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  230. Stan

    If Obama is afraid of dissent, he should find himself another country to live in. It is abundantly clear that we must elect people who were raised in the USA, so that they understand the importance of dissent in a democracy.
    It used to be that only liberals understood this. The tables have certainly turned.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  231. Dave

    The citizens of the United States have a duty to protect themselves from tyranny. The federal government is in place to serve the people. However it seems more and more that the federal government and our representatives place their interests and the interests of the corporations or special interests groups they are indebted to above those of the people. There is no compromise and no accomplishment. Shame on them all for wasting our time, our money and our votes. I doubt the founding fathers would be very proud of this government and would probably be disappointed that the American people have tolerated things for this long.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  232. John

    Jack, the laundry list of grievances you have compiled against the federal government is at least as incoherent as it is depressing. For wxample, you cite passage of health care reform as a cause for anger as well as the fact that it didn't include a public option. This is sloppy complaining. If reform had not been passed, you would have pointed to that failure as a reason for rage. Your list is a hodgepodge with no defining principle, which fails to distinguish among competing acotrs and interests. As such, it is merely a hot air balloon designed to muddle rather than to encourage thought Your list and you are part of the problem. Big time.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  233. james

    It's people like Carol that run this government. Everyone who opposes them (the ultra-liberal socialists) are the "enemy"

    May 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  234. Jack Covaleski

    What would the angry people like to cut? Government has been cleaned to the bone ever since Ronald Reagan, which is why there are not enough meat inspectors, bank inspectors, etc. to stop scandals from occurring. The problem is polarization, with the "party of NO" stopping any progress in this country, just so they ensure the President does not get credit for anything. Real Leaders like to solve problems, not stop progress.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  235. 'BamaGrandma

    Public anger is being stoked by the fear and smear tactics of right wing rhetoric. America is tired of the incessant political campaigning and lobbying to line the pockets of Wall St. at the expense of Main St. Optimistic idealism soon morphs into the reality of politics as usual. President Obama has been hamstrung and obstructed at every juncture by special interest beholden politicians and the Rethug Party of Profits Before People.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  236. Vaughn in Texas

    If "We The People" want to effect real change, get out and VOTE. The people who are presently making the decisions are continually being re-elected and have been for the last 30+ years. Yet, everyone complains about lack of change. If YOU want change, voting is the only way it's going to happen. Sitting here complaining to an online blog or comment section isn't changing anything. It's sad to see how many folks will rant and rave to the Internet community and I can guarantee it's the same people who don't vote.

    Most everyone out there needs to re-read their high school U.S. Government books and realize the President doesn't hold the REAL power. That power is held in the Congress. Get rid of the Congressional deadwood and change will happen. Then again, people have to get out and vote (and vote for the RIGHT people). Blaming everything on the President is ignorant and most of the existing problems were around long before G.W. Bush and Barak Obama took office.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  237. E. Stone

    I really admire Obama. he took over this country at one of the most miserable times in our History with the two bodies of government that should be working with him to correct our problems and all they can do is sit on the butts and argue. I think with the conservative opposition he has had and the juvenile rhetoric that is being spewed over the air waves. Yours included. He is doing a great job.
    As for the oil spill. Lets put the blame where it belongs. Why didn't Bush see that proper safeguards were installed instead of giving into the oil companies. How come three safeguards failed. Out of over 1000 oil rigs in the golf how many others have these defective safeguards

    May 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  238. MikinAZ

    Jenna is absolutely correct. Fox propoganda passing itself as news to the sheep makes it sound like all are angry – it is only a loud few. We are so much better off than we were with that buffoon gw. noonan sounds like part of the fox propoganda machine or the racist beck staff.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  239. Jack

    I hate to sound like a broken record;

    John Q. Public wants and wants, but isn't willing to pay for it!

    May 3, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  240. Bill in Rochester


    Corporations outside of banking were required to eventually adhere to Sarbanes-Oxley. This had a chilling effect on corporate America outside of banking and cost corporations $B's to have processes and proceedures in place that were signed off by corporate officers. Why did the banking industry escape? This loop hole does not make sense to reasonably educated US Citizens. That is another reason the public is outraged with the folks in D.C.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  241. Mike Gremillion

    Looking at your list of things not done, I count at least three where Republican obstruction is the main reason that nothing has been done. I also find it interesting that many complain about the "too much government" until something happens, then they complain that the government isn't doing enough. We face a lot of serious problems, and the idea that they can be resolved by lowering taxes and getting govenrment "off our backs" is ludicrous. What's needed is leadership and an abandonment of political expediency in favor of the public good.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  242. Brian

    The biggest, and most pressing issue with our government is the career politicians out to line their pockets. Oust the career politicians.

    Want to reduce the debt, get someone like Madoff running the finances (with control and moderation) bet that man could find ways to cut the fat and make this great country money.

    Immigration, if the states are required to bare the burden of law enforcement, and dealing with illegals (of all nationalities) that break the law, then they should enforce.

    I personally don't like government control, but our government (all of em) needs to shift focus from foreign matters, war's etc.. and fix the issues here. Then back off and let this great country be free!!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  243. FnordTaurus

    Most of it is sour grapes. I dont agree with everything that the President does, but saying that he is destroying the country is laughable. Alot of these people don't want big government until it suits their agenda. They complain about the health care bill, then critiuqe the Presidents handling of this oil spill. Saying he wasnt doing enough, even though he was misled by BP as to the extent of the spill. They want it both ways as long as thier agenda is met.
    Where was all this outcry when Bush was sinking our country into the toilet?

    May 3, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  244. Big Jeff in Los Angeles

    Hey Jack,
    Give me a break. You continue to talk about how angry everyone in America is. You are trying to put all of the blame on the Obama administration without really saying so. Our President is handling one crisis after another. This long list of unfinished business you have come up with the exception of the two wars could apply to the last five administrations. Jack, I have a question for you, how would you approach the Iranian nuclear threat, immigration, North Korea, tax reform, etc. It is so easy to sit where you are and criticize every move by this administration. How about giving them and us your ideas on what you would do to tackle these difficult issues on the air and give us an opportunity to shoot wholes in them and criticize you.
    By the way, as soon as the unemployement picture starts to improve, most of this perceived anger you and other reporters keeping talking about will
    disappear. One final note, are you truly as angry as you come across on the air or is this just theatre?

    May 3, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  245. Jim - Michigan


    The administration is more focused on creating a socialist system, making millions more dependent on government and destroying the tax payer with a burdon that will ultimately crush us. Barely a week goes by that this administration does not roll out a new program costing billions, money we dont have.

    Look at healthcare, immigration, climate control and how much focus they got and are getting, now look at how much time has been spent on getting people back to work.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  246. Keith Long

    All of you who call us anti-immigrant are full of bull. We are anti-ILLEGAL immigrant. Are you so ignorant that you don't know the definition of illegal? If you are, try looking it up if you can read the words in the dictionary.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  247. Kevin

    We now have a government that works for Wall Street and The Big Banks...though they portray a different character for the ignorant feel-good voters. This same government treats illegal aliens (cheap labor for big business) better than police officers on the beat. Of course we are mad.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  248. Gene

    I find it interesting that you list the problems associated with "government" and so many are offended and feel that you are pointing the finger at President Obama. The problem is not race or party related. Both parties are to blame and insist on fighting a partisan battle and ignore the fact that BOTH parties should be working to solve the nations problems. Most of our "representatives" seem to have forgotten that trying to solve these problems and representing their constituents interests are why we elected them. It seems they are more interested in remaining in office and playing partisan politics than taking care of their responsibilities. I don't know the answer of how to bring this to their attention, but I will not be voting for ANY incumbents, regardless of party affiliation.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  249. Bill

    We need 2 things right now to get this country back on track, Congressional term limits and campaign finance reform. Without them, nothing will be accomplished and I fear the next 25 years.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  250. Dendin Guinn

    I am fed up with taxation without representation. However if they are all voted out in November it is a win-win situation for them and a lose-lose situation for us the Taxpayers. We have to support the ones voted out (because of their own special rules/ laws that we didn't vote on) plus the ones voted in but I am anxiously awaiting November.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  251. Carme Calderer

    As a foreign born American citizen, I see the so called "anger", in great part, as trantrum fits thrown by the most privileged people in the world.
    The US has a history of democracy based on civil rights and
    on well develop technical and social infrastructures. The immigrants have played and will continue playing a great role in creating economical prosperity and cultural richness.
    So, my advice to the so called angry people is "grow up and get over it".

    May 3, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  252. Christopher

    I'm glad to see public anger towards the federal government, I wish I could be involved in demonstrations where I live. The problem is that it hasn't been constructive so far because our politicians are pretending like there isn't a problem by dismissing the unrest as an unvalidated act.

    They seem to dismiss every problem as some opinion to hurt them politically. It's easy to be mad at your government when they don't seem to know the difference between politics and real problems. And the fact that democracy keeps these arrogant people in power, because competent people are a minority, is downright ridiculous.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  253. John in Georgia

    I am glad that the American people begining to wake up. I fear that there are major changes comming from Washington that will fundamentally change the way of life in America, and nobody will like them.

    We all wanted change, the bad thing is we don't control government anymore, if we want change we will all have to stand up and tell BOTH the Repub's and Dem's no. Bring in the Independants and then and only then will we get change. As long as the BIG TWO parties are the only ones that have majority and minority control we will never get change, it will remain more of the same, only the names will change.

    Come on America vote for the Independants, think about it we keep swapping control between these two parties and we keep getting more of the same.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  254. john,calgary

    Americans for the most part are wonderful generous people in my experience.However unless there is a sensible redistribution of wealth in the USA things will get a lot worse.It is no co incidence that your lowest western world tax rate and low ranking in almost every category of living standards are related.Until your government comes to grips with that and the general public in America start living inside their means ,things will get worse.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm |