Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Importance of Asking The Question Behind The Question

Off and on during a recent trip, I tuned in for as long as I could stand it to vitriolic radio talk show hosts just to see what type of information cocoons so many Americans.  If that is all I ever heard or could hear, I’d be smoking hot angry as well.  Whew!  I can’t really see any way for the highly fragmented 24/7 news media of today to hold itself accountable when consumers are so insulated.

Wonder if these guys will be held accountable if they drive us into a double dip, just to get “their” side elected?

But as good as these guys are at demonizing government and galvanizing apparent anger, when Americans are asked to rate individual government services, a striking majority, across all party lines find them popular. (see chart below or go to page 3 of the summary linked here)

It is also reassuring to see that National Parks are as popular as Defense.  Now if they could be funded as well?  But of course that would be “big” government, oh my!


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