Obama: Americans have lost faith in government

AFP

 no surprise here

Many Americans have lost faith in their government, US President Barack Obama admitted Wednesday, tackling a pervasive sentiment hobbling his hopes for enacting sweeping reform.

American suspicion of government was deepening, he said in a speech from the heartland state of Missouri, where he pushed his endangered health reform drive that has been branded by Republicans as a government takeover.

"People have lost faith in government — they had lost faith in government before I ran (for president), and it has been getting worse," Obama said at a rally in St. Louis.

He quoted his political hero, US Civil War-era president Abraham Lincoln, as saying that the role of government was to do what needed to be done but could not be done by citizens themselves without help.
"That pretty much sums up my attitude," Obama said.

The president used the trip to roll out a plan to crack down on waste and fraud in federal health programs for the poor and senior citizens as well as other government spending, which he said amounted to billions of dollars per year.

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21 comments to Obama: Americans have lost faith in government

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  • frank

    This country was founded as a free society, not a welfare state. The government was establshed to protect the rights of the citizen who inherited them from God.

    It is not the function of our government to "provide" largesse to anyone at the expense of another. The free individual is responsible for providing for himself; he is the King of his own castle. When we got rid of the King, there is no one to "take care of us". That is what freedom is all about. If we need to be "taken care of", we are in the wrong country, we need to find a country that has a King.

  • Obama just doesn't get it, does he? Hey, Mr. President, 'We the People' have lost faith in our government because it no longer seems to represent US!

  • Michele

    He could give a crap about the poor and the elderly, all he cares about is his bonus from George Soros and the Bilderberg group after he collapses our country!

  • lehugehs3

    It's gone WAY past "distrust" – it's well into deep, abiding HATRED of everything having to do with the federal government, and MOST state governments. The brutal abuse of the American public by governments of all levels has gone on LONG ENOUGH.

  • lehugehs3

    Imagine an international coalition of countries has formed, with the intent of bringing down Obama the dictator, for use of financial weapons of mass destruction, such as the "Heathcare Reform Bill" and "Cap and Trade". They take only days to reach D.C., and TV coverage shows them pulling down a statue of the Fearless Leader himself. Obama goes underground, while Reid and Pelosi are tried and hung. After a few months, Obama is caught, looking disheveled and dirty, living in a hole in the ground. He is tried and hung. Do you feel:

    A: Worried about the future, but relieved the long national nightmare is over?
    B: Looking for the nearest coalition army to surrender to, along with thousands of your friends?
    C: Dancing the in the streets?

  • Robert

    Our narcissistic boy wonder has overstepped his own monstrous ego and hacked off the American public en masse with his "transparent" administration that promised a high level of "ethics". Ha!
    What a laugh. You won't be laughing when your socialist cronies are thrown out into the streets after November's elections. It will be a clean sweep, and then maybe we really can have some "hope and change" we can believe in. It's a shame we have to look at your arrogant face and listen to your lies for another three years. You need to resign now before the American people rise up and come and throw your sorry keester out the door.

  • What a gang of thugs in Washington. IMPEACH THE LOT OF THEM in 2010, especially the ring leader.
    http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/

  • Ellie

    Obama is nothing like Abe Lincoln. Better read your history Obama. I agree with most of the above replies. There should be an impeachment of a large majority of the politicans including Obama, Reid, Schumer,a nd Nancy P.

  • Viola Cram

    I never lost faith in our Government until President Obama took office and changed everything that was good or in the process of doing so.

    I have always been proud of my country and what it represended and resent Obama talking against it when he travels abroad .

    And oh yes we are indeed a Christian Nation !

    Viola

  • Rob

    It's time we show them exactly how serious we are. I can't publicize it, but you can guess what I'm talking about. Surround Congress NOW and show your anger. It's time to show them what fear is, without the violence. While doing it, DEMAND the resignation of Pelosi, Reed, Feinstein, and Schumer. That's just the beginning.

    • California 70

      You forgot Barbar Boxer!! At least Diane Feinstein will send you a letter back if you contact her. When you call Boxer's office. You get NOTHING!!

  • BERT

    INVESTIGATE ALL YOU WANT OF OBAMMIE'S BRIBES. IF YOU AREN'T GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT EXCEPT TAKE THE BRIBES HE WILL OFFER YOU THEN YOU ARE WASTING TAXPAYERS TIME AND MONEY. SUPPOSE YOU ALL DON'T HAVE "BALLS TO STAND UP TO THIS ILLEGAL ALIEN AND TELL HIM WHERE HE IS GOING AND HOW FAST". WHAT ARE YOU ALL AFRAID OF?? HE SHOULD BE HUNG IN THE CENTER OF WASHINGTON WHERE ALL OF US CAN SPIT ON THIS EVIL DEVIL. HE IS NO BETTER THAN SADDAM HUSSAIN AND DESERVES TO GET WHAT HE GOT.

  • C. Denger

    Time for reconstruction is near. The citizens (voters) surely know our political system is drastically flawed (broken). Now is the time
    to change the system and return our ‘Government’ to the constitution
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  • Dan

    What part of UNCONSTITUTIONAL does this lying crooked COMMUNIST not understand? We lost faith in our government?? The only true thing that can be said for a politician is the only time that they are actually telling the truth is when their MOUTHS ARE SHUT AND THEIR LIPS ARE NOT MOVING!

  • When Obama claims Abraham Lincoln as his mentor, I want to wretch. Such a claim would be laughable if it weren't so ludicrous. Where did this guy come from? He has no use for our country, nor does he see the world from a patriotic, American/Judeo-Christian mindset. He has no respect for our flag, our military, our constitution, our laws, or our God! I'm praying him out! God help us if we ever again listen to anyone else's promises of "change." And if ever another candidate applies with a surname like his I'm going to be instantly forewarned. I hope others will too.

  • Wayne

    The Office of the President of the United States should be one that is respected; not the man serving as President at the present time. Obama and his croonies; Pelosi and a number of brainless Congressmen/
    Congresswomen have turned against this country for their own profit, views and beliefs. None of which has the citizens of this country in mind and especially the representation of said citizens.. Sometimes it seems like the illegal aliens have more rights and are better off than a natural born citizen of this country. I am a Vietnam Combat Veteran. I have always loved this country. I haven't always agreed with what the government does, but in the present day, I do not agree with anything they do. I feel like the people have no voice with the current Congress and President. I can not trust them.
    I am praying that God will be willing to correct the lying, deceit and corruption in our country.

    "STAND up for what you believe in although at times you may be standing alone..

    A VERY DISMAYED
    VIETNAM COMBAT VETERAN

    • Michele

      Wayne you are right about illegals having more rights. As I see it they do because the people running this country are affraid of the hispanic community as a whole. The problem is the hispanic's are organized and the citizens in this country are not, but that is changing, the sleeping giant has awoken. We The People are sick and tired of being taken advantage of, if you come to this country get a job and don't expect the tax payers to take care of you!

  • California 70

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  • Cole

    I am a veteran of the Iraq/Afgan war, I served my country honorably for 5 years, all during the time of this war. I have witnessed things I wish I would have never had to see, and hope to never see again however, these sights of war and destruction pale in comparison to what I have come home to. The country that I love and have risked my life for has been stolen from me by poloticians and given to those who have done nothing and sacrificed nothing in it's name. I read somewhere that 48% of our country's yearly revenue goes towards social programs like Welfare, WIC, medcaid, and food stamps, all that money for a group of people, who by majority, have no interest in ever improving thier situation. All that money for welfare programs, but I as a decorated veteran have to drive my newborn daughter 77 miles because none of the Doctors in my area accept Tricare anymore after it's latest round of budget cuts.

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