Thursday, October 04, 2012

3630 Oh, THAT debate.

Thursday, October 3, 2012

In the movie "The Third Man", a character observes that thirty years of turmoil in Italy under the Borgias produced Michelangelo, Leonardo DaVinci, and the Renaissance, while five hundred years of peace in Switzerland produced the cuckoo clock.


The previous post outlined my own personal disappointments with the debate.

Of course, as expected, Obama exaggerated a bit in a positive direction on the economy, and Romney exaggerated a bit in a negative direction, except when he was making positive but unsubstantiated forcasts for his own plans.

Ho hum, what else is new.

A lot of claims were made and numbers tossed around, and mostly my eyes crossed because I didn't know much about the numbers, except that each was chosen (and inflated or deflated) to create an impression.

So, if you are as curious as I was, you'll find the facts about the numbers (rather dense) at

If you'd like a score card of the truths, untruths, and half-truths tossed around, go to

What's sad is that very few people will bother to read any analysis.  So as far as most people are concerned, everything that was said is "true" to some degree, so the "winner" is he who can tell the most eggregious lies the most convincingly.


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