Republicans decrease the intelligence of the American people

Latest polling from the Post: less people accept global warming.  The poll question asks simply whether the earth is getting hotter, not whether humans are causing it.  There's pretty much 0 scientific controversy about that first point.  Even the skeptics (almost none of whom are actually climate scientists) admit to that.  Not surprisingly, the increasing stupidity of the American public (you can never really underestimate that) is driven by the Republican party:

The increase in climate skepticism is driven largely by a shift within
the GOP. Since its peak 3 1/2 years ago, belief that climate change is
happening is down sharply among Republicans — 76 to 54 percent — and
independents — 86 to 71 percent. It dipped more modestly among
Democrats, from 92 to 86 percent.

Of course Democrats have their flaws, but Republicans willful denial of scientific reality is positively medieval.  

Obama and Wall Street

Steve Pearlstein has a really interesting column today arguing that Obama is much too beholden to Wall Street.  There's small, but meaningful steps he could be taking, but isn't.  I have to admit, I agree.


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