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America's two biggest problems reveal a startling truth

Gallup released the results this week of their latest “Top U.S. Problem” poll, and the results suggest a great deal about the root of the troubles facing the United States.

The economy was the first vote-getter at 18%, as nearly one-fifth of U.S. citizens feel the economy in general is the most important problem today. In second place with 13% of the vote was “dissatisfaction with government.” These two problems have topped the list in each of the last three months.

  March 2016% April 2016% May 2016%
Economy in general 17 17 18
Dissatisfaction with government 15 13 13
Unemployment/Jobs 11 9 9
Immigration 8 8 7
Race relations/Racism 6 7 5
Federal budget deficit 5 5 5
Elections/Election reform 5 4 5
Terrorism 6 6 4
Healthcare 8 5 4
National security 3 5 4
Education 4 4 4
Poverty/Hunger/Homelessness 3 4 4
Gap between rich and poor 3 3 4
Issues mentioned by 4% or more of respondents in May 2016

This is no coincidence -- these two issues are deeply related. The irresponsible, wasteful, and duplicative spending by the federal government has taken money out of the pockets of hard-working Americans and thrown it away on useless government initiatives. Overreaching federal regulations, likewise, have destroyed what could have been productive, job-creating businesses. Washington, D.C., is not entirely to blame for the sluggish economy, but they certainly haven’t helped.

Only one solution can address both problems: an Article V Convention of States. A Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that limit the federal government’s ability to impose constricting regulations as well as force Congress to be fiscally responsible. It can restore the proper balance between the feds and the people so that -- finally -- American citizens can enjoy true freedom and appreciate Washington’s limited, defined role as protector of life, liberty, and property.