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Monday, April 19, 2010

Trust in National Government Plummets

“America’s ‘Great Compromiser’ Henry Clay called government ‘the great trust,’ but most Americans today have little faith in Washington’s ability to deal with the nation’s problems. Public confidence in government is at one of the lowest points in a half century, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center. Nearly 8 in 10 Americans say they don’t trust the federal government and have little faith it can solve America’s ills, the survey found.” (Associated Press, Monday)

“[F]ree government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy, and not confidence, which prescribes limited constitutions to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power.” –Thomas Jefferson

FEE Timely Classic
“Distrust and Verify” by Dwight R. Lee and J. R. Clark