Trying To Maintain Rationality

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

One More Thing...

This from

A whopping 90% of Americans surveyed by a new Harris Interactive poll believe big business has too much power and influence in Washington D.C. That percentage is the highest ever, up 4% from last year.

The telephone poll of 1,011 adults also found an overwhelming majority believes political action committees, lobbyists, and the media have excessive influence in the Capitol.

So who has too little power? Small businesses was cited most often (among thirteen options offered up on the poll menu) -- 92% of respondents thought small business had too little power.



One thing that people from across the political spectrum can almost always agree on is that the overall success of small businesses is very good for our economy. I wish a 3rd party would come in and whip the (R) and (D) asses over this, but 3rd parties aren't much more than a pipe dream at this time. So.

My take:

I sure as hell think that small biz is the shiz, because (1) the success of free market economics is based upon *COMPETITION* (among other things -- but competition is the lynchpin, IMHO) rather than this corporate dominance and the absorption (and elimination) of economic rivals, and (2) if more people actually had a clearcut *stake* in their work output, THAT would be a REAL "ownership society" where people would have the incentive to take care of, well, their own stuff... 'cuz it'd actually be theirs to own.


... y'all should try to read Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything sometime soon... it's an interesting (and fairly easy) read that, among the searches for hidden information within mounds of data, confronts the logical fallacy of statistical correlation implying causation.


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