Selzer and Company was commissioned by the Bloomberg news organ to perform a poll among Americans. About one-quarter (26%) of those polled support the johnny-come-lately Tea Party political movement, 53% said they didn’t, and 21% were not sure.
Here are some interesting fact that the poll uncovered about the Teabagging 26%:
- 44% identify themselves as “born-again”, compared with 33% of all respondents.
- More than 90% say the U.S. is moving toward socialism and away from capitalism.
- Almost half say the government should do something about executive bonuses.
- 36% say expanding Medicare (for the elderly) and Medicaid (for the poor) amount to socialism.
- 65% say Social Security is socialist, but 47% want to keep it under government control or aren’t sure about privatization.
- 80%+ say expansion of the government’s role in the economy is a high threat.
- 70% want a federal government that fosters job creation.
Now let me get this straight.
They want less government interference in the economy…
…but they also want the government to create more jobs.
They want Medicare and Medicaid…
…but they don’t want government-controlled socialized medicine.
They don’t like Social Security…
…but they don’t want to get rid of it.
See my revisited fable for a more (ahem) artistic version of this story.