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Trust in Government

America's Weakened Institutions: A Call for Ethical Action

Terry Newell | Posted 11.02.2016 | Impact
Terry Newell

Criticism of Donald Trump for charging that the upcoming election is "rigged" rightly focuses on the threat his comments pose to the perceived legitim...

Clinton and Trump: Sadly, It's Politics as Usual

Terry Newell | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
Terry Newell

In the film Tootsie, Dustin Hoffman plays a struggling actor. After an audition, the casting director tells him they need someone shorter. "I can be...

The 3 Questions We Should Ask All Candidates For Elected Office

Krist Novoselic | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Krist Novoselic

As we see it, three urgent questions face America, and if the next president, Congress and the American people themselves do not answer those questions honestly and realistically, the future for our children and the nation will be immensely more difficult.

The State of the Nation: A Dictatorship Without Tears

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

While only 1 in 5 Americans claim to trust the government to do what is right, the majority of the people are not quite ready to ditch the American experiment in liberty. Or at least they're not quite ready to ditch the government with which they have been saddled.

Political Trash Talk's Toll

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 06.08.2015 | Home
Glenn C. Altschuler

Television is a difference maker in American politics. Reading about acts of incivility in a newspaper -- and even hearing rants on the radio -- do not cause nearly as much physiological arousal as do the close-up facial expressions and tone of voice cues on shout shows.

In Elizabeth Warren We Trust

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The negotiations over Cromnibus show why Americans don't trust the government in Washington. While no sensible citizen wants the Federal government to shut down, most of us are sick of special-interest giveaways. Someone has to stop them.

War, Liberalism, Trust in Government: The Many Casualties of LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

The Johnson administration was looking for a pretext to escalate the war. "We don't know what happened," National Security Adviser Walter W. Rostow told the president after Congress passed the resolution, "but it had the desired result."

The Cycle of Distrust

Terry Newell | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

On a more general level, distrust weakens the emotions of empathy and caring so critical to the social fabric of any nation.

Trust In Government Problem-Solving Reaches New Low

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

Americans are less likely than ever to put faith in the federal government's handling of either domestic or international problems, a survey released ...

Rebuilding trust in government

Tom Fox | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

In May, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker launched the Volcker Alliance, in part to rebuild trust in government. Tom Fox spoke with long-ti...

An Unseen cost of Sequester: Closing Public Service

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Leslie Gerwin

As more of our best and brightest are lured into the private sector, many into lucrative but socially unproductive jobs, we reduce the prestige and desirability of government service. This could have devastating effects for the future.

Learning From the Gun Control Loss

Terry Newell | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Terry Newell

Advocates of gun control need to talk not just about gun violence but about trusting government. There may not be enough support for controlling guns until more people are convinced that their government is under control.

The Road Ahead

Richard C. Leone | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Leone

During the past 40 years, Americans have more than once moved beyond disdain for politics and government to a willingness to support new leaders and fresh solutions to our problems.

The Republican Weapon of Mass Cynicism

Robert Reich | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The Weapon of Mass Cynicism has convinced most Americans they can't rely on government to help with anything. But if we can't trust government at a time like this, whom can we trust? Corporations? Wall Street? Warren Buffett? Or is each of us now simply on our own?

Don't Cut Civil Workforce

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

As history shows, any small, short-term budgetary gains from work force cutbacks are likely to be offset by serious regulatory missteps, more after-the-fact finger-pointing and a continuation of the cycle of failure and mistrust.

Federal Workers Play Key Roles for the Nation

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

We need to reconnect Americans to their government. People need to better understand that public servants are their friends and neighbors who are helping address our collective challenges here and abroad.

Federal Workers, Resource Not a Target

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

To be certain, the federal government has its faults and there is room for improvement, but facts matter. Here are five pervasive myths about federal workers.