Misplaced trust as a child

When I was young, I believed that people in authority knew everything, mean everything; and their actions have factored everything. As I grew older, I doubted this, courtesy of Indian politicians. After living in US, and seeing political system here(systematically & legitimatley hacked), I am dead sure I was very wrong about the ability of people in authority; they do not anything, not even honest. Now, I smell these people from far distance.

Mr Krugman says the same in his NYT blog.
"When I was young and naive, I believed that important people took positions based on careful consideration of the options."