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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 06:19 AM
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Eugene Robinson: The Eradication of Trust
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The Eradication of Trust

Posted on Apr 19, 2010
By Eugene Robinson


Trust might as well be a four-letter word. American public opinion seems to have become an unguided Weapon of Mass Suspicion, and its not hard to understand why. But those who would exploit distrust, dissatisfaction and anger for political gain had better worry about collateral damage.

The overhyped tea party phenomenon is more about symbolism and screaming than anything else. A movement that encompasses gun nuts, tax protesters, devotees of the gold standard, Sarah Palin, insurance company lobbyists, constitutionalists who have not read the Constitution, Medicare recipients who oppose government-run health care, crazy birthers who claim President Obama was born in another country, a contingent of outright racists (come on, people, lets be real) and a bunch of fat-cat professional politicians pretending to be outsiders is not a coherent intellectual or political force.

But even people who wouldnt be caught dead at a tea party rally have lost trust in powerful institutions that are supposed to be working in the publics interestwith considerable reason. Just look at the headlines.

Theres obviously no reason to trust Wall Street. Theoretically, the only reason for the financial system to exist is to service the economyand the American peopleby channeling capital to its highest and best use. The charges filed last week against Goldman Sachs illustrate the extent to which capitalisms precepts have been turned on their head by financiers who believe the economy exists to service them.

The allegation, basically, is that John Paulson, a hedge fund mogul who wanted to place a billion-dollar bet that the housing market would deflate, convinced Goldman to round up patsies who would bet the other way. Then the transaction was allegedly rigged so that Paulson would almost surely win his wager, which he did. Goldman denies the allegations of fraud and says that, in any event, it lost money on the deal. ...........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_eradication_of_trust_20100419/



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RandomThoughts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 06:50 AM
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1. As long as people blame the government the GOP is happy.
That is their charter, to get rid of the government so the corporate system can rule.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 06:55 AM
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2. According to the Pew survey, the rapid decline in trust began in 2000. nt
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 07:21 AM
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3. With a Stolen Election...What a Coincidence!
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 07:25 AM
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4. Yeah, go figure. nt
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