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Offline pjohns

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Government spending
« on: January 19, 2013, 01:41:58 PM »
According to a recent Fox News poll (with a margin of error of 3 percentage points), only 11 percent of Americans believe that government spending is being managed carefully, whereas fully 83 percent of Americans believe it is out of control.

It is question number 20 among those questions asked:          http://www.foxnews.com/politics/interactive/2013/01/18/fox-news-poll-government-spending/

That amounts to approximately a 15-2 ratio of Americans who believe that government spending is out of control...

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Re: Government spending
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2013, 09:06:32 AM »
According to a recent Fox News poll (with a margin of error of 3 percentage points), only 11 percent of Americans believe that government spending is being managed carefully, whereas fully 83 percent of Americans believe it is out of control.

It is question number 20 among those questions asked:          http://www.foxnews.com/politics/interactive/2013/01/18/fox-news-poll-government-spending/

That amounts to approximately a 15-2 ratio of Americans who believe that government spending is out of control...

Part of the trouble, however, is that a large portion of those who think government spending is out of control also do not think that the spending on their pet programs is out of control.  That, of course, is the fundamental problem; if everyone thinks that the spending on their pet program is ok, the net result in the aggregate is that very little spending at all ever gets cut.

Think of it as a variation on the tragedy of the commons.
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Re: Government spending
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2013, 10:33:29 AM »
Part of the trouble, however, is that a large portion of those who think government spending is out of control also do not think that the spending on their pet programs is out of control.  That, of course, is the fundamental problem; if everyone thinks that the spending on their pet program is ok, the net result in the aggregate is that very little spending at all ever gets cut.

Think of it as a variation on the tragedy of the commons.

Or they DO know that the spending on their pet project (for which they are the beneficiary) is out of control, and they don't care.
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