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Re: Civic Literacy Quiz
« Reply #50 on: November 23, 2008, 06:49:54 PM »
I got the "govt for the people" and govt spending/taxation parity one wrong. I think that one almost has 2 correct answers.

what, arguing answer not clearly d?

 If taxes equal government spending, then:
A. government debt is zero
B. printing money no longer causes inflation
C. government is not helping anybody
D. tax per person equals government spending per person
E. tax loopholes and special-interest spending are absent

nothing else even close.
A would be right if it said deficit instead of debt, no?

yes, but it not, no?
It not, but say "nothing else even close" not accurate in my estimation. Debt and deficit related concepts.

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Re: Civic Literacy Quiz
« Reply #51 on: November 23, 2008, 07:49:10 PM »

what your problem with b? what your other neat-choice, e?--as, presumably, socialist critique of government role in capitalism?

25) Free enterprise or capitalism exists insofar as:
A. experts managing the nation’s commerce are appointed by elected officials
B. individual citizens create, exchange, and control goods and resources
C. charity, philanthropy, and volunteering decrease
D. demand and supply are decided through majority vote
E. government implements policies that favor businesses over consumers

I answered B because I knew that it was the credited response. Nonetheless, it's not very accurate in the context of modern capitalism which has very little to do with "individual citizens" creating and controlling goods and resources. Perhaps if it specified "corporate citizens."

I think E is just as valid: modern capitalism exists only to the extent that government policies favor businesses. If they favored consumers, we would have a much more tightly regulated economy.


asto e, not government intrerference of any kind essentially disruption of market?  (julie not say intervention necessarily bad, just disruption of "free market forces"--assuming, julie guess, there such thing in practice.)

Government policies are more than market interference.  They also may be protection of negative liberties.  I tend to view capitalism as by permission of the government.  YMMV.

this not julie's strongest area either, but what your criticism of a?

27) Free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government’s centralized planning because:
A. the price system utilizes more local knowledge of means and ends
B. markets rely upon coercion, whereas government relies upon voluntary compliance with the law
C. more tax revenue can be generated from free enterprise
D. property rights and contracts are best enforced by the market system
E. government planners are too cautious in spending taxpayers’ money

There's no inherent reason that A is true, but neoclassical economics accepts it as axiomatic. Also, as a practical matter, the price system also fails sometimes. I thought E was at least as close to being true (if more ridiculously laden with free market dogma). A huge reason capitalist economies have experienced such tremendous expansion is because the profit motive spurs capital investment beyond what is required to address human need.

in any case, e seem very weak answer indeed.  at least, there no dogma associated with it.

I agree; I knew it wasn't the credited response even though it's the one I chose.  But I don't see how it follows that it's actually a weak answer, or any weaker than A.
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Re: Civic Literacy Quiz
« Reply #52 on: November 23, 2008, 08:23:57 PM »
Although I answered a), I could also see c) or d) being correct for #27.  I see no reason why government planners would be too cautious instead of too risky.
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Re: Civic Literacy Quiz
« Reply #53 on: November 23, 2008, 10:57:37 PM »
Although I answered a), I could also see c) or d) being correct for #27.  I see no reason why government planners would be too cautious instead of too risky.

(1) It's a free market canard, and I'm surprised you don't hold it true.  (2) I thought my explanation about the profit motive made sense.
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Re: Civic Literacy Quiz
« Reply #54 on: June 15, 2009, 08:05:22 AM »
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I was actually surprised. 
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Re: Civic Literacy Quiz
« Reply #55 on: June 15, 2009, 12:48:04 PM »
Blaven, it doesn't shock me.
keep in mind how many voted for Palin.
and would again.

in addition, when you watch some of the house hearings, it makes you want to cry.
or get sick.
i can't imagine what state legislatures must be like.

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Blaven, you were first.resume writing helpbesides, first grade said to pick you. i've known him for a while.

it is interesting that only 2 people were willing to either try the test, or admit that they did.

80's a good score. considerably better than average.

i only got 1 wrong, but i'm old enough to remember gettysburg (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas -- that was before my time :-)

as for being disappointed, it would seem that the skills to get elected are not the same as the skills used to read history. (why does used car salesman come to mind?)

on the other hand, it's not likely that anyone in the US congress was a participant. Singlebörsenpeople "self identified" themselves as government officials. maybe the worked in the DMV.

thanks, all. Oh, Blaven, you should put more about yourself in your profile. see ya next time. ;-)

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Re: Civic Literacy Quiz
« Reply #56 on: June 15, 2009, 01:40:50 PM »
Blaven, it doesn't shock me.
keep in mind how many voted for Palin.
and would again.

in addition, when you watch some of the house hearings, it makes you want to cry.
or get sick.
i can't imagine what state legislatures must be like.

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Blaven, you were first.resume writing helpbesides, first grade said to pick you. i've known him for a while.

it is interesting that only 2 people were willing to either try the test, or admit that they did.

80's a good score. considerably better than average.

i only got 1 wrong, but i'm old enough to remember gettysburg (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas -- that was before my time :-)

as for being disappointed, it would seem that the skills to get elected are not the same as the skills used to read history. (why does used car salesman come to mind?)

on the other hand, it's not likely that anyone in the US congress was a participant. Singlebörsenpeople "self identified" themselves as government officials. maybe the worked in the DMV.

thanks, all. Oh, Blaven, you should put more about yourself in your profile. see ya next time. ;-)

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Re: Civic Literacy Quiz
« Reply #57 on: June 15, 2009, 02:01:45 PM »
32 out of 33 correct.  Question 27 is a crap question, and not just because I got it wrong.  Laden with arguable assumptions, etc etc.

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Re: Civic Literacy Quiz
« Reply #58 on: June 15, 2009, 07:55:41 PM »
32 out of 33 correct.  Question 27 is a crap question, and not just because I got it wrong.  Laden with arguable assumptions, etc etc.

I agree (as you can see above).

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Re: Civic Literacy Quiz
« Reply #59 on: June 15, 2009, 08:33:58 PM »
I just took it!

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Gettysburg, the Socrates one, and i had a brain thing when thinking debt = deficit.
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