November 16, 2010

Americans Can Be Sooo Dumb!

Here's some stuff floating around the toilet bowl of our national discourse (and obviously wrong) but believed to be right by a whole mess of people.

From Alternet:
  • Polling data during and after last week’s midterm elections suggested that many Americans genuinely believe President Obama has raised their taxes -- even though the reality is that our president actually lowered them for most of us. This means that people trust pundits like Rush Limbaugh, a major force behind spreading that lie, over the numbers on their own tax returns.
  • Another recent phenomenon? Half of new Congressmen don’t believe in the reality of global warming. It’s not that they don’t just disagree on the source or the severity of the problem. They flat out don’t think the world is getting warmer--despite the evidence outside their windows.
  • Nearly one-fifth of Americans think Obama is a Muslim. Thanks, Fox news, for acting like this was a matter of opinion, not fact.
And so on. There's Sarah Palin's "Death Panels" and how few people accept Evolution as science. Lotsa people believe in ghosts and astrology, too.

Newsweek had a similar story some time back.

How civilized can we be if so many of us believe in such drivel?

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