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Monday, September 22, 2008

Why Intelligent, Rational Policymaking is Hard to Do

People sometimes accuse me of being mean for saying that a large swath of the American voting public are irrational buffoons. Consider this nugget from a new ARG poll:

Among Republicans, 46% approve of the way Bush is handling the economy and 48% disapprove.

That's right, 46% of Republicans approve of Bush's handling of the economy after leading us into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Which is worse: "Stupidity" or "Willful Ignorance"? Is there a difference?