Here’s a fun bit a juice from the polling world…turns out that Europeans have more discontent than even Iraqi people. This revelation isn’t so good for those who think the US is an evil occupier in Iraq.
I wonder if maybe liberals and leftists are just natural malcontents? Maybe there’s real causality there? If your natural inclination is to be irritated, unhappy, and to blame everyone else for your problems, you almost automatically become a liberal. Or, maybe it’s becomming a liberal that makes you irritable, unhappy, etc? Perhaps a chicken/egg paradox?
A Tale of Two Geographies [Larry Kudlow]
The New York Post reports a British poll that finds that most Iraqis believe life is better for them now than under Saddam Hussein. 49 percent say they prefer life under Maliki, and only 27 percent think there’s a civil war, compared to 61 percent who say they don’t.
Meanwhile, the FT reports a poll that reveals that 44 percent of European Union citizens think life has gotten worse since their country joined the EU. Only 25 percent of the Europeans believe life in their country has improved since it joined the EU.
So let me get this right: Europeans are more pessimistic, but Iraqis are more optimistic.
I don’t know if there’s a link here, but I’m working on it.