Friday, October 18, 2013

Watch out for surveys that lead to the wrong conclusions

This is an example of a survey that gives the wrong impression. Americans realize that the millions of American service men and women try their best to do what is asked of them by their government, sometimes giving their lives in the effort. Folk from the Post Office, the Center for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration and many other government agencies also work very hard to do what they are asked to do, sometimes in the face of inadequate budgets and difficult circumstances. Many American diplomats have given their lives in the effort to represent the country well abroad.

I suspect that a lot of the American public is angry at the politicians, especially now. They are only a small part of the American government. There are a lot of federal judges who work very hard to do a good job, having spent decades learning how to do those jobs. Even the Congress has a lot of people who want to do the right thing and work hard in the effort.

Spreading the idea that Americans don't trust their government leaves out that the country is pretty safe from foreign invaders, benefits from safe food and water and relatively unpolluted air, is pretty free from communicable diseases, has a great system of land grant colleges and universities, leads the world in biomedical research, and has a lot else going for it provided by the government.

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