@Mark — To turn the tables just a bit, do you see a similar or differnt dynamic in Canada? I wonder if a parliamentry legislature which is more closely aligned with the executive branch might be more trusting of it. Also, I get the impression that Canadian public employee union are less ideological than their U.S. counterparts. I know the Brits have turned the distrust between elected and career officials into a fairly funny comedy series (Yes, Minister). Do have the same situation in your government?