I got a call from the Gallup Organization today, asking me some very general questions, and then inviting me to be part of a Select Group that is tracked and polled every two weeks that would provide Reliable Data for businesses and the government and big, important Decision Makers. I declined. I have grown exceedingly tired of polls, and feel that we are at a point where they are actively harming the world.
One of the questions I was asked by the pollster was my opinion of how the economy is doing--the possible answers were excellent, good, fair, poor, or bad. I asked for some clarification, and apparently I--who don't know very much, and certainly less than, say, a businessman--was being asked to evaluate the entire U.S. Economy in one word. And, worse, this was supposed to be meaningful, and even more horrible, it was supposed to influence big, important Decision Makers.
Is it possible to describe the state of the entire U.S. Economy in one word, other than "complex"?
I will plead mea culpa to being an elitist, in that I really believe that folks who have studied complex problems have more insight into their solutions than folks who don't have much book-larnin' and go by their gut. Also, probably best to refrain from describing things like the state of the world's largest economy with one word. So, I politely declined to play in that game.
'Course, they'll probably find one of my neighbors to replace me, maybe the one who writes letters to the editor of the local paper, citing Bible verses to support Donald Trump.