Do Trust Your Government

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Do You Trust Government? What is trust? Trust is defined in different way. Trust is reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing. Trust is confident expectation of something. Markus Freitage and Marc Butihlmann in their article” Crafting Trust: The Role of Political Institutions in a Comparative Perspective” say “Trust is the "core of social capital" and one of the key resources for the development of modern societies. A high level of social trust promotes an inclusive and open society, increases the likelihood of investment in the future, promotes economic development, and fosters societal happiness and a general feeling of well-being”. Do people around the world trust in their government? If are, why do they? And if they do not, why do they not? As human beings “ we appreciate the importance of trust whenever we encounter the risks of modern society. Parents, friends, and even the popular media warn us not to Blindly place our trust in strangers, politicians, or even our investment advisors.” (Freitage and Butihlmann 2009). Governments are made up of humans like us. We as humans want are best for us and sometimes we don’t care if it hurts others, because we are selfish. The people we put in government offices are no different than the regular human. They can be as selfish as any of us. Power can lead anyone to be selfish. This is why we have to keep them contained. Andrew Kohut in his research paper “The people and their Governments” states “Rather than an activist government to deal with the nation’s top problems, the public now wants government reformed and growing numbers want its power curtailed. With the exception of greater regulation of major financial institutions, there is less of an appetite for government solutions to the nation’s problems –
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