Americans have always evinced some distrust of government, but the current situation has exacerbated this to a degree that may be unprecedented. - Eric Alterman
Alterman's quote has never been as valid as it is now. According to Gallup poll only 45,9% approve the job performance of President Obama, while only 17% approved the job done by the Congress. With all the scandals and excesses, no wonder that people are skeptical.