Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Public Opinion and The Debt Ceiling

Public opinion is useful for some national questions that influence policy, but not others. Gay rights? useful. Polls gauging the popularity of social programs? Useful!  But polling even somewhat complicated economic issues?  Stop.  I'm sure 98 percent of Americans have no clue how the debt ceiling works and probably equate national debt with their credit card debt (and they are completely two different things, even if the government sometimes, stupidly, compares the two.)  So, stop polling the public on what to do about the debt ceiling, or if you do, don't listen to the results and post them as if we should abide by them. They are pointless.  You might as well ask them questions about nuclear fission or poll them on how best to remove organs. 

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