Hillary Clinton has gone off the deep end:
This morning, George Stephanopoulos began his televised interview with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton by asking if she could name a single economist who supported her plan for a gas-tax suspension.
Mrs. Clinton did not. “I’m not going to put in my lot with economists,” she said on the ABC program “This Week.” A few moments later, she added, “Elite opinion is always on the side of doing things that really disadvantage the vast majority of Americans.”
So, does this mean she's also going to ignore 'elite opinion' when it comes to implementing her plan for universal health care?
Whether or not Clinton really believes this, or she's just pandering, she is encouraging a terrible trend in our culture. This is the kind of attitude about technical know-how that's doing terrific damage to our government and culture. It isn't really that different from what creationists say - don't trust those 'elite' scientists, because their opinions "are always on the side of doing things that really disadvantage the vast majority of Americans."
Yeah, that's exactly why I went to grad school - to screw the rest of America. And it's really paid off.
Don't get me wrong - the "vast majority of Americans" should learn to think critically, meaning don't just blindly accept something an 'expert' tells you on a technical subject like economics or evolution. Learn to ask questions about how they know what they say they know.
But what Hillary just advocated is not healthy skepticism - it's head-in-the-sand anti-intellectualism. That is what really "disadvantages the vast majority of Americans", not expert opinion.
Watch highlights of the video here
. To be fair, the full quote is "We've got to get out of this mindset where, somehow elite opinion is always on the side of doing things that really disadvantage the vast majority of Americans..." which is a little softer, but she basically says the same thing multiple times - I'm sticking with my criticism.