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New poll on the size of government

By Ed O'Keefe

A new CBS News/New York Times poll focuses primarily on President Obama's job rating, congressional approval and familiarity with the tea party, but also asks respondents for their preferences on the size and scope of government.

No surprise that a majority -- 53 percent -- want a smaller government with fewer services. Thirty-four percent favored a bigger government with more services.

That's consistent with a Post/ABC News poll from April that found 56 percent of respondents favored a smaller government with fewer services and 40 percent wanted a bigger government.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 16, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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People want a smaller government with fewer services so long as the services they personally benefit from don't vanish. Sacrifice that other guy's stuff instead.

Posted by: DragonofAnger | September 16, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Americans Don't want to hand most of their paycheck over to the government due to higher taxes.
Our Social Security and Medicare are government services that have been Mis-managed by government already.
Many Americans who've been paying into Social Security for 20 years or more will never see anything from it.
Adding more government services on top of this mess will only create more of a Mess.
Republicans/Conservatives/TeaPartiers want
to get rid of the waste, fraud and bureaucracy and get these major programs working efficiently again.
We don't need to expand government, just fix what we already have.

Posted by: ohioan | September 16, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

How exactly do they think they are going to reduce a bloated, illiterate bureaucracy when none of them can ever be fired?

Posted by: jiji1 | September 16, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

This is very true...Americans want a smaller government with less agencies that either are not held accountable or squander tax payer money. They won’t have to touch Social Security, Medicare or any of the other programs….just cut the waste. Americans see their tax money being wasted on government excess. Take a walk around Washington, DC. Go into the different government agencies...take a good look. The waste will make you vomit. In 1977, the Department of Energy was form to reduce the US dependency on foreign oil. 33 years later it has a budget that has grown to 24 Billion Dollars with thousands of employees and thousands of contractors. Have they reduced our dependence on foreign oil? NO! In fact our dependence has had a significant increase! What about Medicare and Medicaid? Billions in fraud because the government created a convoluted system so screwed up it makes fraud easy for anyone. More recently, we see 5 million dollars wasted on a non-existent computer system at Arlington National Cemetery. Millions spent on road signs which promote Mr. Obama’s Recovery spending. There are thousands of government vehicles with free gasoline being given to the user.
“Whatever your persuasion is, we have to recognize that this federal government of the United States is so large and cumbersome that we really can't, and should not, expect it to be this kind of well-oiled, well-running machine. It's not.”– Michael Brown
“About 7,000 federal workers received Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits while on the government payroll during fiscal year 2008. Almost 1,500 other federal employees may have received fraudulent or improper payments between October 2006 and December 2008, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The potentially improper or fraudulent payments totaled about $1.7 million each month, according to GAO estimates.”
Americans want accountability for the money that is squandered yearly by big government!

Posted by: Bockscar | September 16, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

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