Take a look at his picture:
This is from an article by “The Numbers Guy” Carl Bialik at the Wall Street Journal. The story is about how life expectancy calculators are not terribly accurate. This really isn’t much of a surprise, but the picture should be.
This is because both presidential candidates, and of course many other people, nervously claim that there is a “Health Care Crisis! We have to do something!”
Yes, it’s so bad that the people are living longer and longer and longer… This picture says that whatever the crisis is, it clearly doesn’t have to do with that part of health that keeps people alive. I would argue that that part is the most important; apparently, others disagree.
This is another example of the phenomenon that the better things get, the more people complain. Or maybe people don’t complain more, they complain at the same rate, but because things are better, the complaints are about matters and points that are increasingly trivial.
Hasn’t somebody given a name for this dynamic?