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Gallup Poll: Government Threat Growing in Minds of Americans

What do Americans fear the most: big business, big labor, or big government? According to the latest Gallup poll, 64 percent of Americans surveyed at the beginning of December said the biggest threat that would face the nation in the future would be government — a jump of 11 percentage points from the beginning of the Obama years in 2008, when only 53 percent said government was the threat to keep one’s eye on.

Not surprising for many conservative Americans, the only time the fear of government was at a higher peak was in 1999 to 2000, at the tail end of the Bill Clinton years, when a whopping 65 percent of Americans thought government would be the biggest future threat.

Back in 1965 Gallup began asking Americans: “In your opinion, which of the following will be the biggest threat to the country in the future — big business, big labor, or big government?” And throughout the past 45 years, Americans have always expressed more concern over government than they did for business or organized labor. “Concerns about big business surged to a high of 38% in 2002, after the large-scale accounting scandals at Enron and WorldCom,” recalled Elizabeth Mendes, deputy managing editor at Gallup. She noted that concerns over big labor “have declined significantly over the years, from a high of 29% in 1965 to the 8% to 11% range over the past decade and a half.”

But neither of those highs comes close to the nearly consistent concern over big government, which hit its low of 35 percent in the years between 1965 and 1970, and steadily rose to its high of 65 percent between 1999 and 2000, before plummeting to 47 percent as the U.S. faced the fears of terrorism in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.


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While American soldiers abroad look forward to a foreign war or action ending, Mercenaries may view it—as terminating their employment.




U.S. mercenary entities are paid extremely well by U.S. Government to provide security in Afghanistan and other countries. It is foreseeable U.S. mercenary companies may attempt before or after the U.S. withdraws from Iraq and Afghanistan to secure contracts from the Obama Government to provide security in U.S. Cities? Thousands of U.S. mercenaries could be out of work after the U.S. completes its troop withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq. Should the Recession worsens there could be riots in major U.S. Cities, more violent than Greece. Obama might hire private mercenaries to work independently and or with police. There appears to be nothing to stop U.S. Government deploying “American Citizens that are mercenaries” on U.S. soil. Mercenaries might assist a “National Police Stabilization Force” allegedly mentioned in a NGO Rand Corporation Report provided to the U.S. Army. It has been alleged the Report suggested a “National Police Stabilization Force” that might include in its ranks federal, state and local law enforcement. What might happen to State Rights and what Laws and jurisdiction would be used to prosecute state Citizens arrested by Mercenaries and or a National Police Stabilization Force? Mercenaries might assist a Homeland Security Force.


A National Police Force could potentially be sent by Obama into any State without the approval of its governor, against the wishes of its Citizens? To clarify the Rand Corporation report visit:

U.S. mercenary/private security companies now work with U.S. law enforcement agencies in America under federal quasi-government contracts sharing information, locate for arrest individuals and share with government, assets they cause to be forfeited from U.S. Citizens.


Historical Note: Before Hitler’s Gestapo was consolidated with the German Government, the Gestapo arrested Citizens and confiscated private property with no legal authority. Gestapo is the contraction of Geheime Staatspolizei for "Secret State Police." In 1934 the Gestapo was placed under SS leader Heinrich Himmler Chief of German Police. Then in 1939 all German Police agencies were put under the control of the "Reich Main Security Office” the equivalent of U.S. Homeland Security.


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