Most readers have seen the results of the Kauffman Economic Outlook, a survey of scores of economics bloggers from across the Internet. Kudos to Tim for pulling it together.
"Less tax on income, and more on consumption, particularly of energy and emissions. Sadly, the public doesn't seem too keen on the concept."
"In particular, I think we understand better than the typical citizen the role that government health programs play in the outlook for the deficit. And I think we understand better than others that private-sector labor unions are no longer significant."
At the risk of oversimplifying or reading too much into brief remarks, these reactions can perhaps be summarized as: the public is idiotic, economists (and especially economic bloggers) are smarter than the public, so the public should listen more to economists (especially economic bloggers). Such inescapable logic--on the heels of a severe recession that many of these economists swore wouldn't happen just before it actually did--would elicit derisive scoffs from the non-economist-don't-know-what's-good-for-them average members of the public that it seems to be my misfortune to hang around with.