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In your opinion, what was the worst decision made by US government that didn't benefit people?

On the topic of being suspicious of stories, I often look at the citizen-government relationship as one of good vs evil. I now know that it is wrong to think so simply, but I know there are some moments where our government simply doesn't look out for the well-being of the people, like the constitution says it should.

My example would be the mishandling of the federal reserve. The fed has devalued our money by a significant amount (97%), and I think this is a direct oppression of American people.

I don't know much about our governments history, but I'd love to know if there are instances like these where the people get the short end of the stick.

Also, since most of you probably are thinking it because I said federal reserve, Ron Paul 2012. :)

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    Jan 15 2012: Wow Good one. Our problems seen to have a root cause, my opinion. When we allowed politics to become a career instead of limiting terms and revolving leadership. The incumbants then started voting themselves rules, perks, salaries, and raises without the consent of the people. The advent of career politicians also led to the deviation from the Constitution by allowing expansion beyond the Constitutional duties. The Constitution restricted the Federal to four areas. Both parties are equally guilty. Last year President Obama appointed 32 czars each with staffs and budgets. This year in a political move he wants to reduce and consoldiate federal agencies. Election year politics as usual is the Washington norm. Why would the first Lady (a wife not an elected official) have a staff of over one hundred and a multi million dollar budget and official status when traveling alone on AF One. Illegal aliens, a federal responsibility, have cost states and citizens billions of dollars. Instead of enforcing the federal laws of imigration the administration is seeking ways to make them legal citizens by decree. Why does the US give aid to China while China is making the US loans. Duh. Hillary wake up. While our gas prices are climbing the US is now starting to export gas and gas products. The Federal Reserve is loaning money out to foreign nations in trillions of dollars. Where did the authority to do that come from. The facts that we are moving toward socialism under this administration is a decision that I do not consider a benefit to the people. The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other peoples money. This is the brain child of a major contributor, George Soros, who is pushing for one world government. He is a large contributor and a frequent visitor to the Obama White House. It is easy to throw rocks at any administration some are just easier to hit. I bring these to light as they are recent and easy to verify.
  • Jan 17 2012: The worst decision made by US government was to ignore the proposal made by Henry George in 1879 see his book "Progress and Poverty", about taxing land values instead of nearly everything else. Had George's proposal been put in place by legislation, there will be no holding back of the right to use land in the most efficient way. Speculation in land values will cease and the cost of producing and living, both of which are necessarily using a piece of land, wouldl be much easier. This means that the money tax payers currently pay, which is invested in the infrastructure, would no longer give benefit to the land owner as it does today, so that without working he/she gets a free lunch.

    Such a land value tax would both stabilize the macroeconomy and provide the great opportunities, that once were apparent to the US pioneers, when the land was much more easilly available. Then there would be full employment, cheeper goods due to less ground-rent being sucked up by the landlords, and with less personal taxes people would purchase more on consumer goods as semi-durable ones too. George's single-tax proposal was supressed by the land owners and their supporters the banks and this effect is still being felt today. Many econmomists support the idea of a tax on land values, Milton Freedman called it the most ideal kind of tax. In certain countries and places such as Hong Kong, the land is leased from the government. This is the equivalent of same thing and as you surely know, Hong Kong is one of the most progressive and prosperous cities and provinces in the world. The answer to poverty is to provide everybody with a fair opportunity. When the natural resources are held out of use for later gain, then some people find themselves without the means to work or afford a home. Taxing land values is the way to level the playing field, almost literally!
  • Jan 14 2012: Evil exists only when good men stop fighting it.
    It's less about what they did do and more about what they DIDN'T.
    Stopping the government from being overrun by amoral financial lobbyists since the day of the federal reserves creation, for one.
  • Jan 20 2012: Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam...
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    Jan 20 2012: When the Congress approved the Federal Reserve Act, and President Wilson signed it into law on December 23, 1913. From there on, the nation's money was given control to Bankers. It was the beginning of the end for United States.

    "...if any man is found taking usury, his lands will be confiscated, and he will be banished from England..." - Alfred the Great, King of England; 849-901 A.D.

    "Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes the laws." - Amschel Rothschild

    "I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt." -Thomas Jefferson

    The in and out behind the creation of the FDR :
    See the 1912 cartoon, about a year before its creation:
  • Jan 18 2012: It happened way back in the summer of 1787 when the 'floundering fathers' decided that since the people of America would not consent to being taxed, they would figure out a way to enslave them without any of them being able to figure it out. The 4 Organic Laws of the United States of America tell the WHOLE story and this is one Tyler will SURELY be suspicious of because it is true! The Articles of Confederation of November 15, 1777 are alive and well and were not repealed or replaced. Article IV Free Inhabitants of the world unite. The United States government is shrinking right before their own eyes. Our courts are not judicial, they are military courts.
  • Jan 18 2012: Without a doubt I feel that the biggest failure of the American government is allowing judicial decisions giving corporations the status of persons. With this status the corporations the political rights of any citizen. This, because of more judicial rulings that the use of money in an election process is part of free speech, has allowed those corporations to flood the the political process with huge amounts of money with little hope of reversing the trend.

    Judicial decisions like these are made when there are no laws to clarify the situation. Legislation is needed to roll back these non-person persons and put curbs on the power they are using abusively.
  • Jan 17 2012: to allow political advertising. the president should be the best person for the job, not the most liked. these days with all the commercials, interviews, and debates. form has become more important than substance. if candidates were allowed only a single A4 sheet of paper sent to every person of voting age and nothing else (including no pictures), people would be able to debate for themselves the merits of each plan without all the BS of what colour tie was worn etc, and the president would be the best candidate, rather than just the one who has the best PR team.
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      Jan 21 2012: You have a very good point - we should treat the campaign as a job application - though I might want more than a single sheet of paper. A series of structured and broadcast job interviews would be worthwhile. The voters have a right to see and hear who they're voting for.
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    Jan 14 2012: Japanese internment