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Stupid is as stupid does? Or what about what we say? In the most recent survey reported by the AP, it turns out that people really favor increasing spending on all kinds of things by the government. Of course, no one bothers to ask whose money is being spent and they certainly aren’t being asked, “given your household budget, which of the following would you choose to spend more on?”  Check through the results. I love the thinking here. Folks think Social Security is not welfare. And they favor increased help for the poor, but just not “welfare” for the poor. They favor more spending on “the environment” – but of course no one has a clue what that means. Does it mean developing GMO crops? To me it does, since developing GMO crops increases yields which reduces pressure on land use. And never mind asking if they care if the spending is necessary or is productive? Why would we report that?

Finally, it would be fascinating to see how respondents would answer the following question in response to their desire to spend more on program X:

How much is currently being spent on program X?

How the hell can they provide an answer of “we should spend more, or less” without at least being in the ballpark of my question? I just dropped off my kids at gymnastics a minute ago. Had I asked them if they thought I should spend more on their candy I am sure they would have overwhelmingly supported it. You should treat these surveys no different than how I respond to my kids’ candy pleas. At least my kids don’t know where I hide my wallet yet.

One Response to “What Was it That Forest Gump Said?”

  1. Harry says:

    Wintercow, there people out there, people with two jobs, an RV and a boat and a house, owned in part by them and the bank — I am thinking of a specific couple right now — that believe the role of our local government is to finance more baseball fields, with pavilions equipped with full plumbing, so somebody else (I) will pay for their boys to train for Major League Baseball.

    I asked this guy, how come he doesn’t get together with others and form a club? Buy a few acres, import some clay from Georgia, et cetera. I asked him what would happen if our government indulged other people’s appetites for other sports, like polo,

    His answer was that our township had this big pile of money (that was extorted from a developer before the “financial meltdown,” and that it should go to ball fields.

    That was the end of the conversation, since it was late.

    Wintercow’s tale of the Ithaca earth woman reminded me of this .

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