2014 year-end survey results!
We asked for your opinions -- and you responded! Thousands of you took the time to let us know what you think in the Response Action Network's Year-End survey. After reading the comments, and running the numbers on the survey questions, we put together the following report so you could see what your fellow Response Action Network members think about the issues facing our nation today.
We also asked that you submit comments. There was a lot of discussion about this internally: what will we do with them? Who will read them?
Well, we managed to get over 5,000 of them read. We have a small staff, so we weren't able to read them all. But we read enough of them to see that all of you who submitted comments are as thoughtful and concerned about the direction of our great nation as we are at The Response Action Network (RAN).
We decided the fairest and most effective way to share many of your comments was on our website. We set-up a special page where you can read what other RAN members are saying.
And we are asking you to vote on your favorite submissions. Find a comment you really like? Vote for it! Find one you think is off-base? Vote against it! And no matter what, we hope you enjoy reading what others have to say.
Now, on to the survey results!
The Response Action Network Team
The repeal of Obamacare is a top priority for many of you. We agree that Obamacare is an infringement of our personal liberty - and that it is another step towards the single-payer system big government enthusiasts fight for. Well . . .
"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free."
2. Let's talk about Obamacare a little more. What do you want to see happen with the law?
The chances of a full repeal are not likely, especially while President Obama still occupies the White House. What makes Obamacare so dangerous is that it is so large - and has so many "treats" in it for various interest groups. Battling this Leviathan will probably have to happen in steps - by a death of a thousand cuts.
4. The federal budget is big and getting bigger every day. What do you want to see happen with the federal budget in the year ahead?
Our tax system is steadily getting worse. Big interest groups are able to secure special loopholes for themselves, and as the law becomes more and more complicated, individual taxpayers and small businesses suffer the most. Cutting taxes helps reduce tax complexity, level the playing field, and reduces government revenue - forcing government to slow its growth. We hope.
5. Regarding illegal immigration . . . which of the following do you think is the best solution to the problem?
6. On national defense/security . . . which policy option do you favor most?
7. Thinking about the economy . . . how are you and your loved ones faring in the current economic environment?
It seems like the only people doing well in our economy today are closely tied to the government. Government continues to grow, and the economy that surrounds the government, seeking to use or benefit from the government's power of coercion, is also growing. When industries grow, it creates jobs. When government grows, it strangles economic growth.
10. The left continues to push for restrictions on guns and gun ownership, despite court rulings that have upheld individual Second Amendment rights. Do you believe the Second Amendment applies to every citizen, and that restrictions on firearms are unconstitutional?
This is an issue that it seems we can all agree on. "To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them."
- George Mason
11. The NSA, and a host of other intelligence and law enforcement agencies, is legally allowed to collect data on individuals, including American citizens. Do you believe this poses a direct threat to our individual liberty?
Another issue that we can all agree on.
12. Research shows that conservatives are more likely to give to charity and political organizations than liberals. Have you donated to a local or national charity in the last year?
13. If you answered "yes" to the question above . . . what type of organization did you support?
We are a community of people. Not some collectivist entity as envisioned by leaders of the left, but a collection of individuals.
We can have a real impact. We help the people around us, and to fight to preserve the freedom of generations to come. If we won't join together to do it, who will? By volunteering our votes, time, money, and thoughts, we can have an impact together. Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
- Edmund Burke