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It’s What’s Wrong

EXAMPLE A:  The taxes during the X administration were higher than they are today, and the American public still spent Z percentage (a large amount of money) of the national GDP.

Example A is true. The fact, however, is that there was an economic boom when administration X was in office. Therefore, although the tax rate was higher, the American public still felt they had plenty at the end of the month to purchase that third, 60-inch, flat screen, high definition, LCD television they didn’t need. The uneducated voter would see this political truth as today’s higher taxes not being the large burden that Party X makes it out to be.

EXAMPLE B:  Party X worked all week to obtain enough Party Y votes in order to get H.R. 1234 to the president’s desk, which, when signed, would give monies to food shelters across the United States. Party Y, however, could not be moved to a yes vote.

Example B is true. The fact, however, is that the bill was chock-full of pork-barrel projects that the opposing party would not get behind. Bill H.R. 1234 also contained discretionary spending measures that would profit Union organizers. Party Y did not see that as a necessity. Therefore, although they fully support giving money to food shelters, Party Y will not vote yes. The uneducated voter can read this in the newspaper, hear it from various talking heads, and even go to the THOMAS website, and see all those “NAY” votes next to Party Y member names and assume that Party Y are the horrible lot that Party X warned me about. Political truth wins again. See what’s wrong?

Politicians love to give truths without the facts. The common man call these half-truths or white lies, but in the political world, it’s called semantics; the meaning or interpretation of a word or phrase. Candidates across the board will misuse truth in order to garner votes or political sway. Political action committees, special interest groups, and even the voters themselves, often in ignorance, use this trickery to aid in building an enraged populous under their political banner. If the facts were known, the tables would turn.

It is our responsibility. It is our job as voters to check the facts ourselves before we act. We cannot solely rely on politicians, nor any major news source to factually report every angle of every story. Any honest politician will tell you to look it up yourself. Never trust a politician who says, “just trust me;” unless, of course, Jack Bauer decides to run for office.

An informed public, is a smarter public. That is a fact.

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