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In trying to cut through the passion and rhetoric of political debates, one important move is to focus on the facts relevant to the issue in dispute. This, however, is not as easy as it might seem. To make the issues concrete, consider an example from current discussions of the federal budget.

THE MODERN world pays much attention to amateur opinion, and the media give just about equal weight to amateur and expert analysis in an increasing number of areas of significant public interest.



Jesus, all these crow articles ate making my morning runs at the park much more stressful. Now I have to choose whether to look out for the hundreds of crows in the morning, and doing anything that may anger them, or look out for the damn skunks at night that hang around the bushes.

Just hope the crows and skunks don't form some kind of alliance. Just think the crows could point you out to the skunks.

Or I can just be nice to the crows and ask them to get the skunks to annihilate themselves. (Not sure if it was here where I saw that, or from Coyne's blog.)

"According to the chart, in 2000 spending was 18.2 percent of our gross domestic product and has steadily increased, reaching 19.6 percent in 2007, and averaging 24.4 percent for the last three years." "“When I show people this chart,” he says, “they ask why Washington is even having the debate” over whether to prefer Obama’s or Ryan’s budget." "This seemed like a strong argument" - "Gary Gutting, a professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame"

Good lord, no wonder there's so much fluff and fuzzy thinking in the discipline. I refuse to believe even a semi-educated person cannot see the flaws in that argument (I hadn't considered the increased numbers eligible for medicare, but surely servicing the debt from the recession and the two wars is OBVIOUS) but if you cannot then you have no business writing a column on political economy. Period. Let alone one on economic reasoning.

It's not really that OBVIOUS.


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