Any way you spin it..

I am sure that the usual suspects in the LSM have to be heart broken by the results of this USA Today poll about whom Americans blame for the depressed economy. Here is how the USA Today writer tries to salvage the day:

Most Americans blame Wall Street for the nation’s economic predicament — but they blame Washington more.

And in the democracy that fancies itself the capital of capitalism, more than four in 10 people describe the U.S. economic system as personally unfair to them. A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken last weekend, as the Occupy Wall Street protest movement completed its first month, found that:

Oh hell! Only 4 out of ten people are good enough to believe the left’s idiotic talking points. Erm, that’s not entirely accurate either. The author is seriously embellishing. It’s a poll, and it’s a poll conducted by a member of the LSM, so I am sure the questions where seriously skewed to illicit the response they wanted, and even then, the numbers are far worse for the “Blame Wall Street” class warriors as the next statement shows:

•When asked whom they blame more for the poor economy, 64% of Americans name the federal government and 30% say big financial institutions.

So 64 out of 100 say blame government. Only 30, or 3 out of 10 – not the 4 this author would like you to believe unless you want to talk the 6% that voted “present” into the later group out of desperation – blame those evil corporations. And that’s despite the following revelation:

•Only 54% say the economic system is personally fair to them; 44% say it is not.

I will stress how funny I find it that the economic system seems to be the fairest to people that work hard and avoid the usual pitfalls, short-cuts, and bad decisions that lead to economic problems. There are exceptions of course, but they are just that: exceptions.

The last reported pair of statistics makes me wonder. This author hopes to confound people by again combining the results in such a way that it leads one to believe the opposite of what the study finds. Here you go.

•78% say Wall Street bears a great deal or a fair amount of blame for the economy; 87% say the same about Washington.

I feel that you have to interpret this obscenely weird cobbled result, which otherwise adds up to numbers over 100 as the result of 2 sets of questions. Obviously the first part deals with a question where they illicit people to lay blame on Wall Street, but it looks like they are combining two buckets, fair amount and great deal, to achieve that higher, close to 8 in 10 if you want to go there. However, if you assume they did the same and combined those 2 buckets like they did for the wanted the high answer for, when added up based on a question directed at D.C, the amount is 9 out of 10 blaming D.C. the most. No way to spin it: most Americans understand the root of the problem.

I wish they had asked people if they thought letting government write more regulation to address the problem so many see with Wall Street would put an end to the problem or just make it worse. My guess is when the problem is posed showing this relationship for what it is, all but the dumbest would think that handing government – the people that have wrecked the economy according to the majority – even more power, will not fix things. Some people seem to get it, even if you have to read through the nonsense to see it.

“You see the frustration that there’s some serious things wrong with capitalism in America, but you also see the conundrum — how do we change it?” says Terry Madonna, a political analyst and polling expert at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. “This crisis coincides with a huge debate over the role of government.” He says some of the 64% who place primary blame on Washington fault it for too little government regulation, while others blame it for too much regulation.

First off, the problem isn’t capitalism at all, but government trying to subvert capitalism to the onerous beliefs one group of ideologues have that it’s government’s job to level the playing field, social engineer results so we all cross the finish line at the same time, and that it is an injustice that life isn’t fair to some people. I could add how obvious it is that the people life is the least fair to tend to be the ones that do the dumb things, but I expect that to be obvious.

And yes, the big problem we have is that the same ideologues that feel government should pick winners & losers, to make life fair, are never going to understand/accept that the best way to roll this problem back is to roll back the power and ability of government to rig the system, so those “evil rich” whom now have to come to the politicians to buy privileges – look at who gets excluded from travesties like Obamacare for example, and by whom – from them, can’t do that anymore, by drastically reducing government and the power of what government can do.

As we can see the usual suspects are already advocating for giving the politicians even more power over who wins and who doesn’t, and they will be the ones complaining the loudest when this has exactly the opposite effect that they are hoping for. Queue the next crisis due to social engineering followed by politicians promising to fix it all if they are given even more power.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    Isn’t this where moogoo chimes in that the problem is other people making more money than him?

    I always hate to see statistics abused like this – first, with the poorly worded poll that leads to what are obviously predetermined conclusions, and second, for the asinine attempt to spin the data by selectively grouping the results.

    Lies, damned lies, and “statistics”

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