Friday, October 10, 2008

Economists Weigh In

Much has been made of the overwhelming support for Obama's economic policies among 142 academic economists in this survey conducted by The Economist (full disclosure: I'm a raving Economist fanboi).


So it's interesting to note that 100 economists — among them 5 Nobel laureates — have seen fit to publicly denounce Obama's economic policies in a press release published today by the McCain administration campaign [guess my subconscious is just refusing to concede this one quite yet]. Of course there are the usual suspects: Cato and AEI fellows, Chicago School economists. But there are also plenty from such well-known redoubts of conservatism as Harvard, UCLA, and Obama's own Columbia. I'd say they need to get these guys out on the campaign trail or at least in some hard-hitting ads, but the truth is that in times like these, Americans don't want to listen to technocrats. They just want someone who'll tell them that everything'll be okay.

4 comments:

elephantschild said...

So a majority think that McCain's plan is better, but they'd still rather work for Obama?

Evan said...

Ummm... look at the graph again. The ones in the Economist survey overwhelmingly prefer Obama's plan.

elephantschild said...

Sorry - only on my second cup of coffee.

Jungle Mom said...

I hope you don't mind, but I used part of this in a rebuttal of a commenter today.