Trust. We don't have it anymore. Not in our government, for sure. Not in the political process that has degenerated into mind-numbing, amateur theater around us. Look no further than the blah-blah-blah surrounding the Buffett Rule today to understand why Americans no longer trust anything coming from the mouths of our elected leaders.
Team Obama spent Monday afternoon laying the groundwork for Tuesday's Big Pitch by arguing that a minimum tax rate on millionaires makes economic sense. They said that because the Buffett Rule just forces the rich to pay more, it doesn't really amount to a new tax. Um, yes it does. It also doesn't do a thing to address the economy's real problem - jobs, as Jim Tankersley writes today.
Not to be upstaged, Republican Veep-Contender Paul Ryan said the left mistakenly thinks the Buffett Rule can magically fix the deficit. "People think the Buffett Rule is sort of budget pixie dust," Ryan said on MSNBC. Really, it will only raise $47 billion, Ryan and Friends say. Just $47 billion. Funny how Ryan dismisses this revenue as a pittance when he won't identify a single tax loophole he would close to raise the $10 trillion he needs to pay for his deficit-deepening budget plan.
Any wonder Americans are just bored with this show? They're over it. They've tuned out. They don't trust Washington anymore. And they don't trust much of anything else either.
Restoration Calls is taking a hard look at the loss of trust in America this month. Next week, you'll see our lead story that grapples with a small town's loss of trust in almost all of its institutions - local government, schools, church, and on. Then we'll look at one small slice of life where trust remains and what other groups and institutions might learn from it.