Sunday, December 2, 2012

"You Are Entitled to Your Own Opinions, You Are Not Entitled To Your Own Set of Facts."

One of the problems with writing publicly is people have no idea what you know or how you came to know it.

Wrapped tightly in their own little cocoons, devoid of facts to substantiate a position, they utter their opinions like they know what they are talking about.

Now if you didn't know that we are 16.3 trillion in debt, that we are running medicare and social security deficits already in the billions, that we spend 1.2 trillion more than we take in year after year after year, and that we have another 77 trillion due and payable in the next 30 years....

well if you didn't know all of that....and you didn't know that Freddie, Fannie, and Sallie Mae are all bankrupt to the tune of well over a trillion...and that we have lost 50 million jobs and our capacity to pay off all this debt...

You might think we are just fine. Like this guy who left his comment to me on Huffpo. This is what we are up against. He apparently has a different set of facts than the rest of us.

“We are not bankrupt. We are nowhere near bankrupt. The level of debt we have right now while historically high is not crippling, it simply is not, and we simply are not bankrupt. No amount of your lying about it will make it so.

And both sides simply are not the same, they are not, and once again lying about it will not make it so. Democrats have routinely passed financial regulation and reform, it gets watered down by the Republicans. One side IS NOT the same as the other.

You don't get to stand off to the side and point your fingers self righteously at everyone else.”


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

He's 100% right, Brian, but only from his perspective. I'll put it to you this way: If you had been born into his body, had the same thoughts and experiences as him, shared with him everything that had gone into shaping him until you were literally...him, then you'd be walking, talking and thinking just like him (in fact, you'd be him) and you'd see nothing wrong with how you viewed things. We all look at the world from our own perspective and if you choose to disagree with him or me or anyone else, no problem. You're right too.

PS. All psychobabble aside, the guy is an idiot (but that's just my perspective).

Anonymous said...

I know that people have their own views, likes, dislikes and prejudices. The problem that most americans have is the lack of critical thinking skills. When you are able to look beyond your own personal or emotional bias and interject logic.

Brian said...

You are exactly right. I love that simple saying...for everything we know...there was a time when we didn't know it. I was kind of impressed that he only called me a liar in essence, which is far better than most.

conservativesonfire said...

It is possible to have honest differences in opinion as long as eash can demonstrate their rational. With the left, that rarely happens.

Anonymous said...

It's a fact that my opinions are facts, but that's just my opinion.

Brian said...

When you can't pay your debt- you are bankrupt. That is the definition.

The only difference between you and I when we are bankrupt is that our bank refuses to loan us money. The FED on the other hand never stops.

It is probably that illusion that confuses most Americans...like my Huffpo "friend."