By John K. Piper
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once stated that: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”
That means that there are two types of arguments:
1. You agree on facts, but not on interpretations. (The way it should be.)
2. You don’t agree on facts, nor interpretations. (You either dismiss inconvenient facts, or make them up.)
It struck me that there are actually two other types of arguments:
1. Facts don’t matter, only the conclusion. (Facts don’t support the conclusion.)
2. Facts don’t matter, only the conclusion, and your opponent will force you to suffer the consequences of his conclusion. (He will make you an unwilling party to his conclusion.)
In the first type, you argue with a guy on whether him jumping off a cliff is a good idea. You each use facts to draw your conclusions. (This is opinion.)
In the second type, you argue the same thing, but the other guy argues that jumping off the cliff will not result in falling and/or dying. He came to his conclusion beforehand, and changed the facts to fit the conclusion. (This is dishonesty.)
In the third type, you argue the same thing, and the other guy concedes that jumping off the cliff will result in him falling to his death, but is so wedded to his conclusion that jumping is a good idea that he doesn’t care that he will die – a conclusion divorced from the facts. (This is insanity.)
In the fourth type, the conclusion is the same as the third type, but he also wants to handcuff you to him so he can force you to jump with him. (This is criminal insanity.)
Many of the people supporting Barack Obama admit he has done a horrible job, that four more years won’t change that, BUT YET THEY CONCLUDE THAT FOLLOWING HIM OFF THE CLIFF IS A GOOD IDEA! AND THEY WANT TO DRAG THE REST OF US WITH THEM!
Read this, an except from Investor’s Business Daily, and see if you conclude that re-electing Barack Obama is a good idea:
“So abysmal is the president’s job-creation record that, according to a new study, he’d have to create 280,000 every month just to get out of the cellar among modern presidents. Where are the jobs?
Looking at the total job growth and the ending unemployment rate since 1945, the president with the best record was Bill Clinton, credited with creating 22.6 million jobs during his two terms, a time when Republicans took control of the House for the first time in four decades, helping to balance four budgets and passing welfare reform.
Listed second is Ronald Reagan, credited with creating 16.1 million jobs. After inheriting a genuine mess from Jimmy Carter that included inflation raging at 12.5%, policies like across-the-board tax cuts and oil-price deregulation, and policies that helped create the “dot-com” tech boom that fed Clinton’s numbers, inflation was a paltry 4.4% when he left.
Trailing Clinton and Reagan in the rankings are Presidents Johnson, Carter, Nixon, Truman, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Bush 41, and Ford and Bush 43. Dead last and the only president in negative territory is Barack Obama. Even Gerald Ford in his short, post-Watergate term created a net 2.1 million new jobs. Obama is listed at a minus 318,000.
As Mercatus analyst Veronique de Rugy notes, the current so-called recovery is the slowest of all time, and 280,000 jobs would need to be created each month to get President Obama out of last place among post-World War II presidents and into positive territory.”
WILL RE-ELECTING BARACK OBAMA RESULT IN AN IMPROVEMENT FOR THE COUNTRY, OR WILL HE DRAG US OVER THE ECONOMIC CLIFF?
LOOK AT THE FACTS, DRAW A CONCLUSION FROM THEM, AND MAKE YOUR CHOICE.