Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw’s®
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Volume 15 No. 8 • December 2012

For years astrophysicists have been racking their brains over the reason for the great difference in the amounts of cosmic dust in various galaxies. The answer, I think, is quite simple: the higher a civilization is, the more dust and refuse it produces. This is a problem more for janitors than for astrophysicists.
— Stanislaw Lem, Let Us Save the Universe (an Open Letter from Ijon Tichy Space Traveller) (1966), translated by Joel Stern and Maria ­Swiecicka-Ziemianek (1981)

62% Put Economic Growth Ahead of Economic Fairness, says recent Rasmussen Poll

Economic growth is far different from economic fairness. Economic fairness is what some call it when overall income is distributed over the population in the way they prefer. Many people believe that it is “unfair” for some people to earn more than certain amounts of money or more than other people. Economic growth, on the other hand, is an objective measure of increasing (or decreasing) economic activity leading to greater (or lesser) overall wealth in the economy.

Political differences often hinge on how people view economic fairness. Hence, it is interesting to note that a recent poll published by the Rasmussen Reports (July 19, 2012) found that in a telephone poll of 1,000 Likely U.S. voters, the participants prefer by 62% to 30% that the government encourage economic growth as a more important role for the government than ensuring economic fairness.

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