Cognitive Dissonance

This Rasmussen survey seems highly relevant to a number of issues in the news today:

Just 17% of Americans say the government is more likely to spend its money wisely and carefully than a private business, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Sixty-two percent (62%) say a private business is more likely to spend its money carefully….

That’s consistent with many other findings, such as the 76 percent who believe it is likely that a large amount of the government’s “stimulus” money will be wasted, or the 74 percent who believe their economic judgment is better than that of Congress.

So, what I want to know is, how on earth can you hold these views and still vote for Democrats? What can such people be thinking? It’s true, of course, that most people hold inconsistent ideas in their minds and can swing one way or another depending on the particular appeal that is made. But still: how can we have a population that trusts private enterprises to spend money more wisely than government by a 62-17 percent margin, and still elect Congressmen who vote for a disgraceful bill like Waxman-Markey, and who may, before long, enact socialized medicine? It’s a mystery.

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