A global poll of 22,000 people in 22 rich and developing countries conducted by the BBC, quite a liberal media outlet, reports that most taxpayers think more than half of public money is being misspent. In no country was the figure less than one-third.
In addition, most respondents are against government borrowing and prefer cutting services over higher taxes during the economic recovery.
And while a number of countries prefer more active government involvement in the economy with the exception of the US, Spain, Turkey and Australia, the main message is that people want more effective government across the boards.
We constantly hear in the mainstream media about how the world community's opinions and thoughts diverge from ours - how we are just a bunch of go-it-alone cowboys. Yet with some variations on the theme, it seems the world community is singing in tune out of the same hymn book: "Cut spending, govern wisely"