Monday, January 25, 2010
Polling Literalism 101
The right way to interpret a poll showing 74% of the public thinks the stimulus money has been wasted is pretty obvious: 74% of the public is disappointed that unemployment is at a higher level than it was when Obama took office. Obama was enacted in the middle of an economic collapse. He promised to enact certain policies. He enacted some of those policies. Everyone seemed to think that those policies would help us get us out of the collapse. But things are worse now than when he started. Therefore, it's hard to see that the policies worked. If unemployment were 6.5% today I doubt does anyone think polls would show that Tom Coburn is a genius for exposing stimulus waste?