09/29/08 — Trust not earned: Why is it that most don't get the 'no confidence' vote?

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Trust not earned: Why is it that most don't get the 'no confidence' vote?

Somehow we should all feel better that the bailout plan seems to be on its way toward passage and the financial markets might actually simmer down.

And there is no question that many Americans will breathe easier knowing that something is being done.

But lest the Pied Pipers of blame think that this nation is now secure and confident in the leadership that is taking control of this financial bailout -- think again.

You are the same guys who were around and in charge when this mess began.

Few Americans really trust either party to direct any kind of fiscal policy -- a designation that was earned through years of legislators and leaders looking out for their own interests and ignoring signs that there was something to worry about.

As much as we might like to think that Democrats will ride in on white horses and save the day, the truth is, some of the housing policies they backed led to the leniency in the housing credit market and people taking on mortgages they could not afford.

And the Republicans might be watching now, but why wasn't more attention paid to who was doing what with our money?

Hopefully now someone will keep a little closer eye on the cookie jar.

Presidential candidates Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama are right about one thing -- this country does need change.

We just might need a little bit more change than some incumbent congressmen and women want to see.

Published in Editorials on September 29, 2008 10:48 AM