Trust

Posted: March 23, 2010 in Technology and Business
As in any relationship, trust is the most important part.
 
There was a great piece in the Wall Street Journal that put this in perspective as it relates to our government.  Here’s an excerpt:
 
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What has changed are attitudes toward that government.
 

When President Johnson led the drive to create Medicare and Medicaid, Americans saw before them a government that had won World War II, built the interstate highway system and launched an almost universally admired space program that was headed toward putting a man on the moon. The New Deal was widely considered the reason the Great Depression finally was vanquished. "Liberal" was such a coveted label for a politician that one of President Johnson’s deep worries when he took over after President John Kennedy’s assassination was that he might be seen in Kennedy circles as too conservative.

Since then, attitudes have soured. The Vietnam War went from nuisance to debacle, tarnishing for a long while the notion that the nation’s best and brightest minds were at work in Washington dealing brilliantly with difficult problems.

Later, President Ronald Reagan told us government was the problem rather than the solution, President Bill Clinton declared the era of big government was over and President George W. Bush told us the other big piece of the social safety net, Social Security, was better taken out of the government’s hands entirely and turned over to the private sector.

More recently, government experts assured the nation that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, a mistaken conclusion with calamitous consequences. Now deficits further sow doubts about Washington.

The result has been an erosion over time in confidence in government’s competence.

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