Public trust in government levels are rising from their all time low point in 2006. Presenting public trust levels dating back to 1958.
From Pew Research Center for People & the Press | Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology: Section 5: Views of Government, Constitution, American Exceptionalism
From Brookings | In Government America Must Trust | By William A. Galston, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies | March 3, 2010
Economic inequality in the United States stands at levels not seen since the 1920s, and polarization between the two principal political parties is deeper and more pervasive than at any time since the 1890s. Scholars have linked both these trends to intensified public mistrust.
From Brookings | Trust in Government Ethics: Measures in OECD Countries (paper text)
Public service is a public trust. Citizens expect public servants to serve the public interest with fairness and to manage public resources properly on a daily basis. Fair and reliable public services inspire public trust and create a favorable environment for businesses, thus contributing to well-functioning markets and economic growth. Public ethics are a prerequisite to public trust and are a keystone of good governance.
From Center for American Progress | Better, Not Smaller: What Americans Want From Their Federal Government | By Guy Molyneux, Ruy Teixeira, John Whaley | July 27, 2010
New research shows people would rather improve government performance than reduce its size. And they are extremely receptive to reform efforts that would eliminate inefficient government programs, implement performance-based policy decisions, and adopt modern management methods and information technologies.
From OpenCongress.org | H.Con.Res.274 | Sponsor Representative J Forbes R-VA
Official: Reaffirming "In God We Trust" as the official motto of the United States and supporting and encouraging the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions. as introduced.
From OpenCongress.org | S.123 | Sponsor Senator David Vitter R-LA
Short: Social Security Lock-Box Act of 2011 as introduced.
Official: A bill to establish a procedure to safeguard the Social Security Trust Funds. as introduced.
From Cato Institute | The Case for Gold, an e-book by Rep. Ron Paul and Lewis Lerhman | by Mark Calabria, Director of Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute
Paul and Lehrman remind us that the ultimate purpose of a monetary standard is not price stability, but "trust and honesty." A gold standard is an avenue, among others, to restore our trust in government, by appropriately constraining the discretionary power of government. In an era when five unelected bureaucrats on the Federal Reserve Board can spend over $2 trillion, and deny the rights of the people and their representatives to audit such spending, we know we are again in a time where "trust and honesty" in government is in short supply. It is my hope that re-releasing The Case for Gold will help to bring public accountability back to monetary policy. Its re-release will also expand and raise the level of public debate surrounding monetary policy.
From OpenSecrets.org | TRUST PAC, Affiliate: Fred Upton (R-Mich)