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  • Atlantic: Itís Not About the Economy

    In an increasingly polarized country, even economic progress canít get voters to abandon their partisan allegiance.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...stupid/511634/

    Democrats and Republicans, though, appear to be equally guilty of viewing objective facts through partisan filters--Nyhan said that thereís no conclusive evidence to suggest that one party is more susceptible than the other. Though some research has indicated that even strongly partisan people are more likely to answer questions about politics correctly if they are getting paid to do so, paying Americans to listen to facts doesnít seem a particularly realistic solution. Little will change, Nyhan said, if the environment in which political leaders and the media promote incorrect information doesnít change.

    There is, however, one way to pierce partisan biases, Nyhan said. If reality intrudes, people may be more willing to accept it. Someone can debate climate change for years, but if his house is threatened by a tide that rises every year as the planet warms, he may be more likely to accept that climate change exists.

    But in Elkhart, people have jobs they didnít have six years ago, and theyíre working more hours. Their homes are worth more than they were before Obama took office, on average, and their paychecks are fatter than they used to be. Yet Obama is, and will likely remain, the president who didnít do anything right.
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    Given that our system is built upon partisan politics, why would anyone want to abandon their beliefs?

    ďHe didnít help us here, but he took credit for what happened,Ē Chris Corbin, 47, who works for a dispatch company in Elkhart, told me. Corbin thinks it will be Trump who improves the economy. ďItís going to take two terms, but heíll fix things,Ē he said.
    Just because someone takes credit does not mean credit is due.

    Only an idiot votes for a Democrat with a GOP-controlled Congress.

    Or at any other time.
    Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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      Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
      Given that our system is built upon partisan politics, why would anyone want to abandon their beliefs?



      Just because someone takes credit does not mean credit is due.

      Only an idiot votes for a Democrat with a GOP-controlled Congress.

      Or at any other time.
      And yet we seem to have a veritable surplus of Democratic idiots among us at all times.
      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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