What are five causes that will make you not trust the goverment, and what are five causes that will make you trust the goverment?What are five causes that will make you not trust the goverment, and...

What are five causes that will make you not trust the goverment, and what are five causes that will make you trust the goverment?

What are five causes that will make you not trust the goverment, and what are five causes that will make you trust the goverment?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I don't trust the government when it ends up costing me money. For example, property taxes should be going down because property values have tanked in my area. Yet my property taxes go up, and the tax assessor says my house's value has increased, and won't reassess. That is when I don't trust government.
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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The previous post was very strong.  I would say that the root cause of trust in a government would lie in how a government treats the people's trust.  If a government is transparent in its attempts and has proven to work for the betterment of the people, trust is probably going to develop over time.  This can take the form of establishing a system where governments are able to listen the problems and concerns of its citizens and act in a manner to benefit them in the first place.  Governments would probably lose trust of the people if they act in a manner that is contrary to public desire or in order to consolidate their own power.  In this light, government might say one thing and do another, or governments who have little or no regard for anything but their own power might initiate a lack of trust in the government.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The actual answer to this is going to depend a lot on what country you are asking about.  I cannot tell where you are from...  I'm from the United States so my answer will reflect that.

In general, I will trust the government more when the leaders do not lie and when they are able to actually solve problems that the people have.  So, if I were answering this question, I would say this and then I would try to find 5 examples of times when the government did this.  For the US, I would start with the fact that we are still the most prosperous country in the world and that we have a great deal of freedom.  This shows me that the government is doing something right.

In general, I will not trust the government when the leaders lie or when they fail to fix problems.  The Watergate scandal and many scandals since then are examples of things that would lead us to distrust the government.  So are the poor government responses to things like Hurricane Katrina and the recent oil spill.

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