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Opponents of Stimulus "Say" They are Concerned About the Deficit

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Wednesday, 07 July 2010 04:43

That is the way reporters are supposed to report on the opposition by members of Congress to extending unemployment benefits and aid to the states. Reporters do not know the actual reason that these representatives are voting against these measures, they only know what they say.

That is why NPR got it wrong when it said that opponents of more stimulus spending are concerned about the deficit. This misled listeners this morning.

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written by izzatzo, July 07, 2010 6:57
When reporters asked those concerned about the deficit if they also had concerns about $1.3T added to the debt by Bush with a tax cut during a time of war, they responded with "Who's Bush?".
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written by AndrewDover, July 07, 2010 10:52
All "Bush tax cut advocates" not concerned about deficit then.

Some "Bush tax cut advocates" concerned about deficit now.

Implies => Some "Bush tax cut advocates" are inconsistent.
________

Some inconsistent "Bush tax cut advocates" concerned about long term deficits now.

X concerned about long term deficits

does NOT imply:

X is an inconsistent "Bush tax cut advocate".








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Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several books, his latest being The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive. Read more about Dean.

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