America’s Trust in Government at All-Time Lows

A recent Pew Research study on the topic showed some encouraging results. Americans are, justifiably, becoming more cynical about the Federal Government. And for the first time ever, a majority in the U.S. view Feds as a threat to personal rights.

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This next chart shows overall trust in government. Lots of interesting things to note, like the dramatic spike after 9/11.

record low trust in government

 

Also at a new all-time high, 76% of Republicans now say government regulation of business does more harm than good. Democrats, not so much…

opinion poll on government regulation

And now, America’s plummeting view of Congress:

chart of a poll on US view of Congress

Read the full report here.

Keynesian Economic Toolkit

 

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Rand Paul’s Epic Filibuster: 6 Hours and Counting

Hour 1 of Senator Paul’s filibuster blocking CIA chief nominee John Brennan. At issue: Brennan’s view of drone strike policy, at home and abroad (among other things):

Hour 2:

Hour 3:

Hour 4:

Hour 5:

Hour 6:

Searches for “Rand Paul” are already up 100% on the week according to Google Trends, and that’s delayed. Wait till tomorrow.

It should be noted that Rep. Mike Lee (R) from Utah helped carry out the filibuster, has been consistently anti-drone, and seems to be a well-spoken guy worth keeping an eye on.

Zero Hedge: The Last Time The Dow Was Here…

If you follow markets, you’re probably aware of all these facts. But to see them compiled like this is shocking. From Zero Hedge:

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average: Then 14164.5; Now 14164.5
  • Regular Gas Price: Then $2.75; Now $3.73
  • GDP Growth: Then +2.5%; Now +1.6%
  • Americans Unemployed (in Labor Force): Then 6.7 million; Now 13.2 million
  • Americans On Food Stamps: Then 26.9 million; Now 47.69 million
  • Size of Fed’s Balance Sheet: Then $0.89 trillion; Now $3.01 trillion
  • US Debt as a Percentage of GDP: Then ~38%; Now 74.2%
  • US Deficit (LTM): Then $97 billion; Now $975.6 billion
  • Total US Debt Oustanding: Then $9.008 trillion; Now $16.43 trillion
  • US Household Debt: Then $13.5 trillion; Now 12.87 trillion
  • Labor Force Particpation Rate: Then 65.8%; Now 63.6%

Read the rest here.

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