Jim DeMint is a smart guy. He parlayed a short stint as a Tea-Party Senator from South Carolina into a million dollar a year executive position with a conservative think tank. Then he sends out surveys to figure out where the “public” stands on certain issues. For example:
Because of uncontrolled spending, the federal government ran a $4 trillion budget deficit for 232012 and our national debt is not a staggering #16 billion. Do you want Congress to take serious action to rein in out-of-control spending? Yes or no.
Ok, first the deficit was not $4 trillion in 2012. So that’s a lie. But what are the other options? Reining in spending is not the only option, but it is the only one given. Certainly the question is most likely to get a “yes” answer which is exactly what DeMint’s organization is looking for.
Let’s look at another one.
How would you consider yourself politically: Very conservative, somewhat conservative, Independent, but lean conservative, independent, but lean liberal, somewhat liberal and very liberal.
Clearly a “you are either with us or against us” question, but one that tells you everything you need to know about Congress and politics in general. You can’t be in the middle. You can’t draw the best ideas from both sides of the aisle. Precisely the problem gripping Washington and many State capitols. No one can compromise, so we get sequestered. This type of polarization does not help America move forward nor does it help use solve problems. It increases the burden on local governments to address the problems that the failure to compromise at higher levels allow to persist, or may even create.