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Ignorance Is Bliss for the Tea Party Crowd | Capital Gains and Games

Back when I used to listen to Rush Limbaugh there was one thing in particular he used to say that I agreed with. Over and over he said that liberals defined themselves largely by the worthiness of their objectives and the sincerity of their motives. The actual results of their policies didn’t matter at all. Thus liberals support the minimum wage because they care about the well being of workers at the bottom of the wage scale. That many of these workers lose their jobs or fail to find jobs because the minimum wage priced them out of the labor market was a matter of no concern to liberals. All that mattered is that they cared…

Today, however, conservatives have largely adopted the liberal operating assumption and now also define themselves by the righteousness of their motives…

David Frum enlisted some interns to interview as many tea partiers as possible on a couple of basic questions. They got 57 responses–a pretty good sized sample from a crowd that numbered between 300 and 500 people…

The first question that was asked concerned the size of government. Tea partiers were asked how much the federal government gets in taxes as a percentage of the gross domestic product. According to Congressional Budget Office data, acceptable answers would be 6.4%… 12.7%… or 14.8%…  The highest figure for all federal taxes since 1970 came in the year 2000, when they reached 20.6% of GDP…

Tuesday’s tea party crowd, however, thought that federal taxes were almost three times higher than they actually are. The average response was 42% of GDP and the median was 40%. The highest figure recorded in all of American history was half those figures: 20.9% at the peak of World War II in 1944.

via Ignorance Is Bliss for the Tea Party Crowd | Capital Gains and Games.

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