I’m proud to say that in a recent poll I was voted the Number 1 fiction author in America for my Big Lake mystery series. And, as if that weren’t enough, I was also voted as the most wanted man to go to bed with. That’s pretty cool, if I do say so myself. Eat your hearts out Stephen King and Brad Pitt!
Of course, the poll consisted of just myself and my wife, but what the hell, those were the results. And you can’t argue with the numbers.
Or can you?
Lately the administration has been saying that 90% of Americans are in favor of stricter gun controls. That’s really surprising, because I’d say that 90% of the people I know feel just the opposite and don’t want any more laws infringing on their Second Amendment rights. If I were a suspicious man, I’d be saying that whatever poll they used to come up with those numbers was fixed. You know you can’t trust those darn liberals!
Then again, an outfit called the Doctor Patient Medical Association (DPMA) recently announced that according to a poll they took, 83% of doctors in America have considered quitting practicing medicine because of Obamacare. DPMA calls itself a nonpartisan association of doctors and patients. However, further research reveals that DPMA has an “Affiliate” relationship with the National Tea Party Federation, a coalition of local and regional Tea Party groups. Well, that’s about as non-partisan as you can get! You know, you can’t trust those darn conservatives either!
And you damn sure can’t trust polls and surveys, no matter what results they claim are the “facts.” All you have to do is ask the right questions of the right group of people and you can get any answer you want. Go to a gun show and ask people if they want stronger gun controls and you can bet you’ll get a huge majority of no’s. Ask that same question in Massachusetts or Connecticut and you might well come away believing that the majority of people are in favor of tightening firearms laws.
As for all those doctors who plan to quit? I’d like to see a poll telling us how they plan to pay off all of their student loans and make the payments on their BMWs and Escalades with what they earn flipping burgers at McDonald’s.