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  •  This brings about the question (2+ / 0-)
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    Brown Thrasher, bartcopfan

    of why, then, many of these people are obsessed with the long-term consequences of the national debt?

    (Hint: They're not. They use it as cover)

    "I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil." ~Bobby Kennedy

    by Grizzard on Thu May 02, 2013 at 10:00:09 AM PDT

    •  The study actually looked at that (2+ / 0-)
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      Losty, bartcopfan

      The believers in the end times are less likely -- even after correcting for party affiliation and other variables -- to care about the national debt.  From the study:

      As an additional test of our proposed SOF causal mecha-
      nism—to make sure that the results we just reported were
      not the byproduct of some unforeseen conditions pertaining only to environmental politics—we also analyzed
      respondents’ policy preferences on another issue that
      involves an intertemporal trade-off between costs and
      benefits: the national debt
      ...
      What is also reminiscent of the results in Table 1 is the
      fact that no other variable capturing religious identity or
      behavior attains statistical significance. Indeed, for this
      dependent variable, no other variable in the entire model
      attains statistical significance, except for party ID (t
      ...
      As additional tests of discriminant validity, we also
      estimated parallel models predicting attitudes on policy
      issues whose costs and benefits, unlike global warming
      and the national debt, are more immediate and thus do not involve an intertemporal trade-off. ...

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