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July 11, 2010


I think the welfare numbers in the study cited are bogus.

Consider the Heritage Foundation


When the facts you start out with are a fraud, the results can't be that far behind. I think it is a disgrace.

This is a very interesting study. I recently posted an entry on my blog about the same subject. I've now posted an update linking to your study and the Boston Globe story.

After reading your report, I needed to fact check your survey questions and I've found that the "corrections" are all technically correct. They are indeed factual, even though they don't always tell the complete story.

For instance, Tax revenues after the Bush tax cuts did not increase, but they didn't significantly decrease either. And while no stockpiles of WMDs were found in Iraq, there is photographic evidence of a suspicious 50 truck convoy (contents unknown) from Iraq to Syria days before "Shock and Awe."

I am slightly concerned that your highly politically educated subjects may have bulked at the corrections for that reason. Despite those concerns, I believe that your results do reasonably support the psychological phenomenon you have described.

Good work.

You know why people don't believe what they read in the newspapers? Because reporters like Keohane, writing a story with full access to all principals and under no deadline pressure whatsoever, can't manage to keep straight whether the researchers about whom he wrote were at Michigan or Duke. Admittedly it makes no difference to the gist of his article, but if a reporter can't get the simple facts right, why should anyone have confidence he'll accurately summarize the scholarly articles or understand their conclusions?

I think I remember reading something about that in my psychology class. I must say, if you ever move to a place where most people don't share your political views you will see it immediately. It was a good summery of the research that I have seen though.

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