Sunday, April 11, 2004

Fact sets

I'm amazed at the number of Bush supporters that still see no problems in the current administration. I finally figured out why: fact sets. They are honestly working from the best information they pay attention to. If you notice that jobs are up this month, that we're rebuilding schools in Iraq, that we removed a corrupt dictator from power, that we haven't had another terror attack on U.S. soil since September 11, that you're paying less tax on the stocks in your 401k, then you're happy.

If you pay attention to pollution regulations, or educational policy, or what's actually in the Patriot Act and its sequel (which they passed the day they captured Saddam; bet you never heard about it!), or the fact that job gains are in food service while most of the job losses are manufacturing, or the enormous debt we've amassed during Bush's term, you're alarmed and disturbed. The problem is, both sides are right, as far as they see. The difference tends to be one of philosophy: is the purpose of government to enable American business, or to advocate for those who have no other advocate? You tend to look at fact sets that fit your world view, for better or worse.

I don't have a good way to make people expand their view beyond their comfort zones; I'm just observing.