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2008-09-16 10:42 PM
Who do economists support for President?
Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, funds a survey of economists to determine who they support for President.
The study shows a clear preference for Barack Obama, but the majority of economists surveyed are Democrats. The user comments like to point this out a lot and disregard the results.
The political party distribution was chosen in the study sample to reflect the same distributions in the nation.
Nationally, most economists are male and registered as either Democrats or Independents. The survey sample reflects that imbalance.
The results of the study are interesting... but personally I find this distribution to be far more telling. Many people split their political choices into social and economic.
If 48% of economists subscribe to Democratic Party stances while only 17% of economists subscribe to Republican Party stances.... that seems to say either:
a) Democrats stances on taxes and economy makes more sense than Independent party stances which in turn make more sense than Republican stances
- or -
b) They choose more on social issues and party economic differences don't really effect the economy enough to override those social issues.
It's an interesting thing to think about. I don't talk about taxes much here, because they are very complex issues. However, I'll hit this:
Obama says he will lower taxes for 95% of Americans. His website on taxes lists many specific changes to help to reduce taxes for Middle class and working families. McCain says Obama will "raise taxes across the board." The lie here is obvious, yet it gets repeated and never questioned by the media.
McCain says he will lower taxes. Obama says the majority of his tax cuts benefit corporations and the rich. Which according to McCain's own website.. is true.
While writing this, I honestly didn't know McCain's details on taxes because I choose my candidate on social issues. So, I went to McCain's website and looked up what he had to say. His website says he won't change the tax rates for entrepreneurs and he'll lower the corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%. So... it looks like Obama's characterization of McCain's tax plan is spot on... and McCain's characterization of Obama's tax plan is an outright lie.
I see a pattern.
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