“The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make the rest of us wonder at the possibility that we might be missing something.” -Gamal Nasser
So it’s not like I didn’t know the average American voter is a complete and total cretin. I’ve been saying this for years. California is even more of a disaster. That’s not because Californians are inherently stupid themselves, but their government system is. You see, laws passed by referendum in California can only be un-passed by referendum. Ballot measures to cut taxes are popular but to raise taxes to support local schools or build a bridge? Not so much.
From The Economist:
“…A majority of likely voters told PPIC that they have either “some” or “a lot of” knowledge about how state and local governments spend and raise money.
But when presented with a list of the state’s four biggest spending categories, only 22% of likely voters correctly named public schools as the largest. The most guesses (41%) went to prisons, which are actually the smallest category of the four. More specifically, the largest group among those who expressed confidence in their own knowledge incorrectly chose prisons as the biggest item.
Their grasp of state revenues was no better. Only one in three likely voters correctly named the personal income tax as the main source of money, with many choosing motoring charges (a paltry 2% of state revenues). Only 9% of likely voters correctly identified both the largest revenue source and the largest spending destination.”
Yeah, California is fucked.