Open for questions

Google alerted me to the government website Open For Questions, on which you can compose a question for the President, or vote on other people’s questions (to determine which will be posed to the President during the upcoming “town hall”. I like the basic idea, but as I’m going through questions and voting on them, I am increasingly dismayed by the general level of intelligence people display.

It goes above and beyond poor grammar and mis-spellings. It’s more than just Joe Schmuck asking the President to fix his own personal problem. Some questions look good until you actually think about them for a second. Take for example this gem:

“Mathematically, if you tax the spending by Americans and Corporations after issuing a stimulus package of $86k USD to each Taxpaying Family, you could end up retiring the national debt entirely and saving the world’s economy. Would you consider this?”

I’ll take it on faith that the taxes on $86k per person might wipe out the current debt (which I doubt). Unfortunately, this guy doesn’t stop to think. Taxes are never 100% (not even on AIG bonuses). Even if taxes were 100%, this plan would never do more than break even and leave us with our current amount of debt. Because that $86k per person has got to come from somewhere. (not to mention the cost of distributing the money, and the cost of collecting the taxes… so even a 100% tax would leave the nation with more debt under this plan)

Please, people… go to this site and participate, and disprove my assertion that we are a nation of idiots. Please.

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Comments

  • Jay  On March 25, 2009 at 7:44 am

    You are joking, right? 50% of Americans believe in ghosts. Ghosts! Most have no basic knowledge of geography let alone economics.

    GWB was elected. Twice! What more needs to be said?

  • wolfger  On March 25, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I was trying to be optimistic… :p

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