STUPID OPINION POLL: WHAT DO THE ANSWERS MEAN?

(from here)

The snip above shows a survey on Congressman Rob Wittman‘s website. What does a yes or a no mean?

Do I support finding a solution for the illegal immigrants currently identified as DACA recipients? Sending them back to their native lands would be a solution, but I guess that is not what Wittman means by “a solution”. But what does he think is a solution? Amnesty? No wall? No reforms that replace the current system with one that is merit based. No reforms that make it easy and certain that illegal immigrants will be caught, punished and send back to their own countries? Should Wittman be telling me that that is what he supports?

Do I support providing cost-sharing subsidies to insurance companies to stabilize the Affordable Care Act individual market? Why does Wittman need to ask? Didn’t Republicans promise to repeal Obamacare?

Do I support reforming our nation’s broken entitlement programs? If Wittman thinks those entitlement programs are broken, what is the point of this question? Does he think I want him to waste more money?

Do I support spending more on our nation’s transportation infrastructure? Isn’t how he proposes to spend the money relevant? What transportation infrastructure? Are we talking about tolls and user fees? Is he proposing to continue making taxpayers in his district pay for infrastructure they never  use? Are we going to get transportation infrastructure that the users want and are willing to pay for, or is Congress going to use more of our money to reward donors?

This survey is pointless. Our congressmen need to read the Constitution.

  • The Federal Government is supposed to regulate immigration and defend our borders. Since Congress, not the President, decides who has the right to immigrate to this country,  DACA was illegal from the get-go.
  • Obamacare is not constitutional.
  • Those entitlement programs are not constitutional.
  • Transportation infrastructure is primarily a job for state and local governments.

Unfortunately, too many of our congressmen don’t care about the Constitution because too many of us don’t care. So our congressmen send us meaningless surveys. How are they going to learn anything from questions like these? Do they want to? Well, that’s another question.

11 thoughts on “STUPID OPINION POLL: WHAT DO THE ANSWERS MEAN?

  1. An online poll with leading questions, to be answered by a group of people of unknown composition, but likely leaning towards the candidates political orientation. Hmmm, can you say political advert?

    It takes a lot of work, to create a good opinion poll in the sense, that you learn what people actually think. That’s why scientists need to put so much work into this.

    @Tom,
    “Do I support finding a solution for the illegal immigrants currently identified as DACA recipients? Sending them back to their native lands would be a solution, but I guess that is not what Wittman means by “a solution”.”
    I know this is a hard question to answer and you are under no obligation to do so, but I would be interested to see your reply: If it were up to you to decide, what would be your solution for the DACA recipients?

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    1. @marmoewp

      I know this is a hard question to answer and you are under no obligation to do so, but I would be interested to see your reply: If it were up to you to decide, what would be your solution for the DACA recipients?

      I think what President Donald Trump has proposed makes sense. He wants to trade allow the DACA recipients to stay for the wall, a merit-based immigration system, ending chain immigration, and ending that idiotic immigration lottery.

      We have a faction in this country that wants open borders. I am not going to detail all their motives. Let it suffice to say that what they want is bad for the United States, and they don’t seem to care.

      We cannot both have generous health, education, and welfare programs and open borders. Because socialist health, education, and welfare programs encourage people to vote for those politicians most willing to buy their votes, I want to get rid of those generous health, education, and welfare programs. However, if the USA is flooded with new arrivals that won’t happen until those health, education, and welfare programs suffer a financial collapse. That is not the way I want to get rid of those programs.

      Am I sympathetic to the DACA recipients? Yes. Do I want to give them full citizenship? No. If they want that, they need to enter the country legally.

      If your parents rob a bank and give you the money they have stolen, are you entitled to the money? Yet because it would be mean to take back the money from the bank robber’s children we are supposed to let them keep it? Well, then I am mean person.

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  2. He should have one more question on his poll, in my opinion.

    Do you consider me to be wise legislator or a foolish legislator?

    If wise, will you vote for me in the next election?.

    If foolish will you vote for me in the next election?.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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  3. I often believe surveys and their questions are worded and set up for the desired results by the one offering the survey…meaning that questions are worded so in the end there can be an “I told you so” sort of response….as in “see, numbers don’t lie”…well sure they do, if you rig them to……

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    1. Don’t we all want to get the answers we want to get?

      Wittman could be worse. He does not vote like a Liberal Democrat, but he isn’t a rock-solid Conservative. What irks me about him is that he tries to sound like one. To me that is an indication that voters in his district could replace him with a rock-solid Conservative. To keep his seat, Wittman thinks he need to sound like a Conservative. That is telling.

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