Nothing breeds certainty quite like ignorance, or mixes so badly with it. Of course, anybody could be excused for not knowing the truth of some things, considering the sheer quantity of disinformation produced and disseminated by un-think tanks like the Koch-funded Cato Institute and Heritage Foundation. Still, you’d think something of such intense focus (and clear data) as the deficit might be SLIGHTLY better represented in reality. But…no.
As a testament to the power of disinformation and deliberate confusion, a new Bloomberg Politics Poll shows that the public at large couldn’t possibly be more wrong about the deficit. The query was pretty straightforward.
“A quick question about the deficit – which is the difference between what the federal government spends and what it takes in in taxes and other revenue each year. Over the last six years [under Obama], do you think the deficit has been getting bigger or smaller?”
The response was, to put it mildly, overwhelmingly wrong:
- Bigger: 73 Percent
- Smaller: 21 percent
- Not Sure: 3 percent
As a quick reminder, here’s what the deficit really looks like:
So, why is America so wrong about the Socialist Kenyan’s effect on our nation’s deficit?
Some of it probably has to do with the fact that a lot of people don’t know the difference between the “National Debt” and “Deficit.” The National Debt, the amount of money we owe, HAS gotten bigger every year over the last six years, just as it’s done since Reagan’s first day in office. The “deficit,” on the other hand — the amount of money we spend that we don’t have — has steadily gone down under America’s most fiscally irresponsible socialist. So, that confusion likely accounts for half of our 73 percent wrongness. The other half…
Well, about 35 to 40 percent of Americans are Fox-watching conservatives.
The math kind of does itself.
But completely inverted reporting isn’t uncommon from Fox “We’re Not the New” News, nor are utterly inverted perceptions. Most Fox News viewers also don’t know that immigrant-loving Obama has deported more illegals than any president in history. So, inversions from reality aren’t uncommon in certain spheres. Certain very influential sphere that have broad effect on the public’s perception of our spending policies, deliberately throwing them into delirious fits of “EVERYTHING MUST GO!”
Yes, thanks to un-think propaganda tanks like the Cato Institute and Fox’s crew of “analysts,” Americans are pretty well divorced from reality these days. So, all things considered, maybe one in five who find certainty in anything but ignorance isn’t particularly bad after all.