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Friday, March 02, 2007

Majority of Americans are Socialist

CBSnews.com reports

Most Americans believe government can play a role in fixing the health care system. Two-thirds say the federal government should guarantee that all Americans have health insurance . . .

Eighty-four percent of Americans favor expanding government programs in order to give health insurance to all uninsured children.

At the same time,

Less than one in three, however, say the government would do a better job than private insurance companies at actually providing medical coverage. Forty-four percent said the government would be worse as a health care provider than private companies.

Is this discrepancy (and the entire matter that people are looking to government to save them in the first place) the result of that shining example of government monopoly, public education?

I credit my fellow bloggers for thinking we can elect this guy or that guy to solve the overwhelming problem of public stupidity, but you're far too optimistic. You may think this Greenland idea is a joke, but I don't think I can live in this country any longer. If I do, I'm going to have to sequester myself from all news and my surrounding citizens themselves. Now you must excuse me. I'm feeling rather ill.

Blogger Air Marshall said...

Come now Scrib, these are percentages of Americans who responded to a "CBS" poll. You are going to take these numbers as meaninful? Do they tell you how many of their pollsters were told to take a flying leap when they called people? How were the pollee's determined and selected? What percentage are East Coast Democrats? Did they poll Hillary? Kerry? Kennedy? They sure didn't poll me or any of my shooting friends, I can tell that from the responses without asking them. Take some heart, you don't have to leave for Greenland quite yet.

12:07 AM, March 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems to me that we've entered a dangerous era in American politics when "entertainment" polls like this are given credence and even used in support of public policy positions by politicians supposedly elected to think.

Biggest problem I see, and even bigger than most pollsters and pundits wish to acknowledge, is that EVERYTHING depends on how you ask the question. In this case, for example, if you ask "do you think everybody should have health care?" You will get a very large positive response. If you asked the question as, "do you think the federal government should be in charge of your health care?" You might get an altogether different response.

Conservatives need to learn to tie nice-sounding liberal ideas to their harsh, real-world consequences.

J. Ewing

10:02 AM, March 03, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Don't fool yourself, AM. You can sense it too. The America into which we were born is gone. Now we are talking about the likes of Giuliani or government-health-care-promoter Romney as Republican candidates. Either the conservative voter gets sucked further leftward or is left to grasp at the libertarian straw. You may view the '08 votes cast for the libertarian candidate as the sum total of non-socialists left in America. Or you may look right now to the level of support for Ron Paul over Giuliani. What saith you?

Our respective handsful of self-selected friends are clearly not indicative of the vast and rapidly changing land of peasants. I'm finding there are very few people I want to associate with anymore, mostly due to intellectual passivity, lack of initiative and curiosity, and inability to think coherently about what is going on in our nation and the world, by choice or by direction. Am I becoming carmudgeonly? Or is the public education system finally yielding its fruit?

10:06 AM, March 03, 2007  
Blogger Air Marshall said...

Sounds like someone puked in your Cheerios Scrib. Much of what you say is true, and certainly the America I was born into is long gone (dead really), but Anon is right about polls and the way you word them, and the population group you select. I would not panic quite yet. I don't know how Ron Paul stands vis the other candidates, and am not going to make predictions on who the Republican candidtate will be. I am not very good at picking the winners. I backed Phil Gramm in 96.

2:26 PM, March 04, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Yes, I was Gramm also in '96 and Forbes in '00. And I can say "I told you so" both times. I was not meant to live in these times. Guess I'll do what I can and try to twist those arms I can reach. But I took off the rosy glasses some years back.

I'm inclined to think the reason we are where we are is because those people who can think for themselves can't stomach what is going on. We're left with the sheeple determining our future.

3:15 PM, March 04, 2007  

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