Conservatives believe the government is incompetent, and seek to elect people who will prove it
Ignorance is Bliss Bliss is the same as happiness US Christian conservatives are the happiest in the US according to studies Do you see a connection?
But, as you say, both parties exaggerate. We know that. And it means very little. We can make good judgement despite that because we know it.
However, the point is we want our leaders to do something. And that is what they have done, have always done, and will always do. For them, they are mostly dammed if the do and damned if they don't. But more so if they don't.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
You live in a fantasy world. Do you have any idea what that would have done to the fragile economy of Q1 2010? The auto industry (including its supply chain) is almost 10% of GDP, and a huge, huge part of the GDP of the mid-west. Talk about too big to fail. If those companies had collasped, so would have our economy. Bush/Obama did the right thing. It is almost intellectually dishonest to have a legitimate argument to the contrary, given the US stands to get its money back, we have one very healthy company in GM and we have millions less on unemployment, particularly in the midwest.