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May 5, 2008

We Don’ Need No Stinkin’…Economists?

Filed under: Politics — CPav @ 7:48 am
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In my Gas Tax post last night, I noted that there was a lack of support from economists — and, really, anyone not affiliated with the Clinton or McCain campaigns — for the McCain/Clinton gas tax proposals.

Evidently, on This Week with George Stephanopolous (which I admittedly did not watch yesterday morning, for a variety of reasons, the most important of which was that I wasn’t awake), a similar point was made:

Mr. Stephanopoulos challenged Mrs. Clinton to name one serious economist in favor of the measure.

“We’ve got to get out of this mindset where somehow elite opinion is always on the side of doing things that really disadvantage the vast majority of Americans,” Mrs. Clinton retorted crisply.

So, evidently, those who are trained to be experts in economics are somehow “elite”, and shouldn’t be trusted to evaluate how the vast majority of Americans are affected by something as elitist as the economy.

Fortunately, one of the “common folk” didn’t let her get away with it:

Mrs. Clinton did not even flinch when a woman in the audience, an Obama supporter who said she made less than $25,000 a year, argued she, too, thought Mrs. Clinton was “pandering” for short-term political gain.

“Call me crazy,” the young woman said, “but I actually listen to economists because they know what they studied.”

Have we really reached a point in our society when being educated and speaking well are negatives? Senator Clinton has repeatedly attempted to paint Senator Obama as elitist and out of touch with the common man, ignoring the fact that he was a community organizer and paying off his student loans very recently.

Except for the $1.7 million home that she moved into in Westchester County, New York so that she could run for Senate from New York, Senator Clinton has not, by most accounts, lived in a home that wasn’t owned by the public for quite some time. Somehow one has to assume that she and Bill didn’t stay up at night trying to figure out how to make the mortgage payment on the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion, or the White House. She admitted last week during a staged morning commute with a “common man” that it’s been years since she pumped gas for herself, and was unable to operate a gas station coffee machine without assistance.

And Barack Obama and the economists are elitist?

The 300 Project: 17/92


1 Comment »

  1. I came across your blog on Technorati. Nice site layout. I will stop by and read more soon.

    Mike Harmon

    Comment by Mike Harmon — May 5, 2008 @ 8:00 am | Reply

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