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  •  Or they genuinely don't believe (2+ / 0-)
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    Yonit, lina

    that job creation is one of the government's jobs.

    I have some sympathy with that view, actually; one of my local mayoral candidates' literature is all focused on how the city can be more "customer-focussed" by which I gather he means "more business-friendly" in the hopes that will create more jobs. I frankly don't see that as the mayor's job -- I'd rather he be taxpayer-and-resident friendly.

    What passes for "job creation" tends to be special deals and subsidies for particular businesses, and that money has to come from someone else's pocket.

    What I would favor (but the GOPers oppose) is adequate funding of Federal agencies like the VA, IRS, Social Security. The GOP has forced substantial job cuts at all levels of government, and reversing some of those would be the #1 thing they could do to help the economy.

    So yeah, I might have been in that 37% (if I'd been asked), depending on how the question was worded.

    •  Well, the 37% are always there with open (1+ / 0-)
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      Anne056

      arms awaiting anyone ready to brush aside reality and join them.  As for me, they have nothing that would move my support their way.  They are toxic.

      "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

      by cowdab on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 11:43:00 AM PDT

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    •  Never thought about it, until now, but...... (1+ / 0-)
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      Anne056

      It does make sense the poll could go either way depending on what questions are asked and how they are asked.  I don't have too much faith in polls, but it does give you a general idea of how people are thinking.  It also irritates me, when people want to predict what the outcome of something is and try to get in the media, for their 15 minutes of fame spouting out their thoughts, and so-called facts, creating a lot of hysteria, when no one really knows how something will turn out.

      •  Polls (0+ / 0-)

        Writing unbiased survey questions must be an art in itself.  Sometimes the bias is subtle.  Sometimes pretty blatant.

        I once received a phone call purporting to be a survey on abortion.  The first question:  "Do you favor the unrestricted right of a woman to murder her unborn baby".

        That's when I hung up.

    •  Don't know for certain (0+ / 0-)

      But my sister worked for the City of Torrance for several years.  The "customer" terminology was used there all the time.  But it meant the taxpayers and residents.  At least that was how her part of the city meant it.

      So your mayor may actually mean you when he says customer focused (not just businesses).

      True, there will always be some politicking, fundraising, you-scratch-my-back stuff for elected officials.  I think that is almost impossible to avoid.  But the "customer focused" terminology isn't a red flag that the mayor is leaning that way.  It is the current trend in managing municipalities.

      Still trying to figure it all out

      by CindyV on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 02:51:46 PM PDT

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