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Posted on November 23 at 1:09 p.m.
" the new book by Muhlhausen proving the across the board failure of federal social programs"
When a right winger says that something has been proved, what they mean is that it agrees with their preconceptions and ideological biases. Remarkably, throughout the entire history of humanity, no right winger has ever admitted to having a belief of theirs disproved.
In this case, even though Muhlhausen is a right wing ideologue funded by a right wing stink tank, what he actually told Congress flatly contradicts foofighter's claim: “Congress has no credible information on the performance of the overwhelming majority of federal social programs” -- if there's no credible information on performance, then one cannot possibly prove that they have failed. Muhlhausen has called for continuous, rigorous scientific experiments to determine whether programs are working ... there would be no need for that if the programs had already been proven to fail across the board. Muhlhausen at least attempts to sound reasonable; foofighter makes no such attempt, and clearly isn't.
The fact is, though, that Muhlhausen isn't a scientist, he's an ideologue, whose goal is to provide support for beliefs he already has (and is paid to have), not to seek truth. Since we know in every case what he will conclude, that he concludes them is not particularly interesting. Only by carefully weighing analyses from people with various positions and being *skeptical* of all claims can one reach the truth ... which, in broad outline, is that various programs have various levels of effectiveness, and that all can be improved. But the notion that, say, Social Security and Medicare are not effective is transparent hogwash.
On Roundabout or Stoplight at Cliff and Las Positas?
Posted on November 23 at 12:32 p.m.
"it really shouldn't need to cost more than $5k or $10k in my opinion"
loonpt's opinion is, as always, of no value.
Posted on November 23 at 12:30 p.m.
Of course foofighter's response to me is the sort of intellectually dishonest nonsense expected of right wingers.
Posted on November 23 at 12:26 p.m.
Republicans and sleaze. Nothing new to see here.
On Undersheriff Jim Peterson Retired Amid 'Sexting' Scandal
Posted on November 20 at 4:59 p.m.
How is calling something a good neighborhood a "slam"? It's your comment that is a slam against Murillo, a willful misrepresentation of her comment, which was about an equitable distribution of the city's limited resources. You might disagree with her, but it's dishonest to call her statement a "slam".
"This is what democracy looks like when you vote for pro-union city council members, election after election."
So you've already forgotten the Francisco/Hotchkiss/Rowse/Self majority?
The biggest problem in politics today is DISHONESTY, the vast majority of it coming from the right wing.
Posted on November 20 at 4:39 p.m.
"How could one be reasonably opposed to a traffic improvement that is "faster, quieter, more aesthetically pleasing, generate less congestion and exhaust, safer, and move cars through the intersection more efficiently." '
Because IT ISN'T FREE. It's remarkable that the same people who say "There's no money! We're broke!" whenever it's about spending money on something they don't want are happy to completely ignore that fact that things cost money when it's something they do want.
Posted on November 5 at 10:47 p.m.
"I suspect if one listened to political rumors"
In other words, that's precisely what you do, channeled apparently via a hefty amount of tin foil.
On 2013 City Council Election Results
Posted on November 5 at 10:44 p.m.
Predictably, Landecker and Alley split the progressive/environmentalist vote ... really bad strategy, and they should both be embarrassed. Stop putting ego first, agree not to split votes, only one runs ... even if it takes flipping a coin.
Posted on September 14 at 7:31 a.m.
Noozhawk got it right. Ms. Brugger apparently cribbed from them and didn't understand what she read. Bellosguardo is worth about $100 million.
On Settlement Unlikely in Huguette Clark Case
Posted on August 15 at 7:35 p.m.
"How F)$*@#g dumb do they think we are? "
When it comes to you, Bill, any such assumption is justified.
On Tased and Confused
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