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The big fat fed­eral bank bailout has mor­phed into a cul­tural phe­nom­e­non: It’s be­come a tool to gauge po­lit­i­cal trust­wor­thi­ness. Fifty-seven per­cent of Amer­i­cans would trust a law­maker who voted against the bailouts more than a mem­ber of Congress who fa­vored them, says a new Ras­mussen Re­ports sur­vey of 1,000 likely vot­ers con­ducted April 14 and 15. Twenty-one per­cent would trust the bailout-friendly law­maker.

But wait. A clas­sic Ron­ald Rea­gan-ism is still vi­able. Fiftysix per­cent also say they agree with Mr. Rea­gan’s state­ment, “Govern­ment is not the so­lu­tion to our prob­lem; govern­ment is the prob­lem,” made Jan. 20, 1981, dur­ing his first in­au­gu­ra­tion speech. The phrase, by the way, is avail­able as a cell-phone ring tone from Myxer, a “mo­bile en­ter­tain­ment and de­vice per­son­al­iza­tion” com­pany. Pre­view it here: www.myxer.com/ring­tone:1603833/

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