"The educated class" cooks the numbers 

In my Wednesday Examiner column, I contrasted the 2008 Obama enthusiasts’ preoccupation with style to the 2009 tea partiers’ preoccupation with substance. “The educated class,” to use David Brooks’s term, is not very interested in the specifics of public policy, in contrast to the supposedly less educated tea partiers whom they scorn. In today’s Wall Street Journal, Stanford economist and Bush 41 Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Michael Boskin explains how “the educated class” inside and outside the Obama administration has been distorting the numbers to make its case. The interesting thing, as Boskin notes, is that supposedly unsophisticated ordinary voters are seeing through the distortions that “the educated class” is employing in order to run everyone else’s lives.

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