Aug 032014

It was bound to happen sooner or later.

Here is my first political post.

If you ask your political representative a question and the response is an anecdote, it should set off your BS detector.

I shamelessly stole this image from this site.

I shamelessly stole this image from this site.

“I had one constituent tell me his cat’s leukemia was cured when the pipeline was built across his backyard.”

First, it is polite to say, “I’m so glad to hear Fluffy is feeling better.” or some other sympathetic platitude.

Next, however, you can legitimately ask. “but what has that got to do with the price of solar panels?” and demand a more reasonable answer.

No matter what the story is, unless there is a body of evidence that shows a consistent pattern with cats, cancer and the vicinity of pipelines, that politician is dodging your question.

It is the job of politicians to listen to the concerns of constituents, but they must also deal with facts.

You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.

paraphrased from Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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