And now it’s Reagan’s fault.
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In his interview of President Obama on Thursday, Chris Matthews asked what could be the reason for the significant decline in the trust American citizens have in their government. The President goes on for several minutes in his answer and points out various ways in which the government could “improve”, claims that the media doesn’t cover good stories about government (more on that later), and then finally concludes with this gem:

“We’ve had a politics, frankly, you know, the entire republican party brand since Ronald Reagan has been government’s the problem. And if you day after day, week after week, election after election, are running on that platform and that permeates our culture and it’s picked up by you know, ordinary citizens who grow skeptical, then it’s not surprising that over time, trust in government declines.”

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