BREAKING: Americans don’t trust big government

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Pres. Ronald Regan once famously said that “the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Reagan may have uttered those words decades ago, but – according to a new poll – they still ring true today.

An overwhelming majority of Americans don’t trust the federal government. A full 61 percent of American voters don’t have faith in the powers that run Washington. What’s equally startling is that trust among registered Independents has dropped 32 percentage points since 2002. For Republicans, trust has gone from 63 percent to 25 percent.

When voters are asked about President Obama specifically, the numbers are just as stark. Only 41 percent of Independents think Obama is honest and trustworthy, down from 73 percent in 2009. It doesn’t get much better when it comes to Obama’s base. Only 49 percent of Democrats believe the president is honest.

If distrust in government isn’t an argument for limiting the size and scope Washington, we’re not sure what is. President Obama has tried it his way for six years. That’s six years too long, and Americans of all political stripes are rightfully beginning to see that big government doesn’t solve problems – it creates them.