When people confuse apples with oranges, fling wildly disparate invectives at a single argument, and conflate facts, my foghorn goes into overdrive. Our political system seems intent on eliminating both clarity and facts. Consider the following “facts” that you may have heard in the past week and the incredible coincidence that almost all seem to involve 47% of the people!
- 47% of Americans are moochers
- 47% pay no taxes
- 47% are victims who will never be convinced to take personal responsibility
- 47% support Obama
- 47% are lost to Romney
- 47% are dependent on government
Which is it? Where is the clarity?
- 47% love apples
- 47% love oranges
- and 100% can’t tell the difference between apples and oranges!