Tag Archives: Republican Framing Devices

To the Logical Conclusion

Some things just had to happen, as the folks at Fox News and any number of Republican politicians just found out. Take up the Reagan mantra that big government is always the problem and never the solution, because the private … Continue reading

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Correlations with Patriotism

Post hoc ergo propter hoc – correlation does not imply causation. A correlation between two variables does not necessarily imply that one causes the other – two things just happened at the same time. That your team wins every time you wear that funky … Continue reading

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The Evidence Piles Up

Some wag once said that the plural of anecdote is not data. That three teenage girls in Akron decided to shave their heads and wear giant black plastic bags to school every day means nothing much – it’s not a … Continue reading

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Between the Same Old Rock and the Same Old Hard Place

Okay, fine, there will be no immigration reform this year, or next, or maybe in a generation, comprehensive or in an accumulated series of nice little nonthreatening one-by-one baby steps. The Republicans will have none of it. The only problem … Continue reading

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Suggestive of Nothing

Obamacare is coming. The healthcare exchanges will be open for business as October begins – except in a number of Republican states where they’ll find some way to not provide one. That’s okay, because where a state won’t set one … Continue reading

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The Terms of the Argument

He who defines the terms of the argument wins the argument. Everyone knows that. All you have to say is look, what we’re really talking about here isn’t what you think it is, it’s really this other thing – and … Continue reading

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Lost in the Reframing of Things

Language is the tool we use to reach agreement on things, but as tools go, it can be useless. Any tool can be turned into a weapon. It’s the opposite of beating swords into plowshares. You can, after all, pick … Continue reading

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