With a budget of nearly 6 billion dollars, funded by your taxes, the National Science Foundation decided it would be money well spent for a survey asking "Who's Happier - Conservatives or Liberals"?
Now I can't say I knew that there was a "scientific" definition of Conservative, Liberal, right-wing or left-wing. And I did not notice any definitions in reports on the survey. But the study says:
"Individuals with conservative ideologies are happier than liberal-leaners, and new research pinpoints the reason: Conservatives rationalize social and economic inequalities.
The rationalization measure included statements such as: "It is not really that big a problem if some people have more of a chance in life than others," and "This country would be better off if we worried less about how equal people are."
"Our research suggests that inequality takes a greater psychological toll on liberals than on conservatives," the researchers write in the June issue of the journal Psychological Science, "apparently because liberals lack ideological rationalizations that would help them frame inequality in a positive (or at least neutral) light."
So ... scientifically speaking, if you worry about the way our society works, you are a Liberal? And given the way the right-wingers whine and moan on BlabRadio day in and day out, are they really Liberals? 'Cause they sure don't seem like happy folk to me.
Thanks, NSF, for making Science a pointless exercise in relativism.