House Votes to Reaffirm 'In God We Trust' as National Motto

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday night to reaffirm "In God We Trust" as the national motto of the United States. The resolution, sponsored by Virginia Republican J. Randy Forbes, was overwhelmingly passed by a vote of 396 to 9. At a time when public trust in government and major institutions like the banks is at an all time low, what do Americans trust in? It's a question The Takeaway posed to listeners. Who or what does America trust? God? The almighty dollar? The Federal Reserve?

Justin Wolfers, a visiting professor of economics at Princeton University, studies public trust. He just co-authored a paper with Betsey Stevenson called "Trust in Public Institutions over the Business Cycle."

Guests:

Justin Wolfers

Produced by:

Kateri Jochum

Comments [7]

DownUnder from Australia

Surely about time they added "... all others pay cash."?

Nov. 06 2011 09:44 AM
Bryan from Michigan

It's a democracy, for Pete's sake. If we can't say

"We Place Our Trust In Our People"

then we should have some other form of government -- theocracy, perhaps, or monarchy, or plutocracy.

Nov. 04 2011 08:25 AM
Mike from Seattle

How about "Trust but Verify" or "Trust but, get it in writing"?

I liked Michelle Pfeiffer's take when she said in a movie, "I'd like to know that you're legally required to".

In courts of law, civil or criminal the lingua franca is contractual. That which is binding by law according to local, state or federal law.

I think, better, would be a reminder of that rather than the current reference to God, faith, which only gets man so far and even in that asks, what did you do for yourself?

When a court of law first asks "Do you have anything in writing?" the limitations of "In God we trust" are immediate and shortsighted.

Nov. 03 2011 08:11 AM
Bernard Farrell from Massachusetts, USA

This seems like Congress' version of fiddling while our economy burns (see Nero). When are they going to work on some of the pressing issues for the 99%?

Nov. 03 2011 06:34 AM
listener

The vote in Congress took 20 minutes to complete which is about half of the time of this broadcast took to mock it.
I would worry more about the quadrupling of the deficit the last Congress accomplished which the current Congress is now trying to cut. How much time is that taking?

Nov. 02 2011 09:49 PM
George L Smyth

Thank goodness they are not working on problems with the economy and the lack of jobs. Now that the national motto has been reaffirmed they can take another week off.

Nov. 02 2011 01:04 PM
listener

The words are "In God we Trust" and the discussion here is all about trust in government? I think your missing the point.

Is the word "God" equal to government in the minds of some progressives? If so, it certainly explains a great deal of the mess we are in and maybe it is high time we reaffirm the motto.

Nov. 02 2011 11:26 AM

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