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Americans want government out of their lives... Really?

The Republican mantra on almost any issue - except war, the erosion of our civil liberties, and gay people getting married - is that Americans want less government in their lives. Polling data, however, typically show the opposite. Take health care and the Public Option. Republican legislators and operatives are always claiming that Americans don't want government involved in health care. Which might explain why Americans overwhelming support a Public Option and old people love Medicare. Oh wait... backpedal... it actually doesn't. It suggests the opposite.

So does a new poll from the Pew Charitable Trusts, in which a large majority of Americans support more involvement by the federal government in policing the food supply. From the Pew press release:

A total of 83 percent of likely voters interviewed believe the federal government should be responsible for ensuring that food is safe to eat, and an even higher percentage of those surveyed – 89 percent – support the federal government enacting new measures to better protect people from getting sick from eating contaminated food.

So see? Keep your stinky government mitts out of my life! I don't want to know that the food I'm eating is safe; it takes all adventure out of eating. Let's keep government focused on the important things - blowing things up in far away places, and paying powerful international corporations huge sums of cash to come up with new ways of blowing things up in far away places. That's what Americans want.

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