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Pollsters are businessmen who must sell their product to survive. There are fundamentally two types of political polls. One is as valid as possible in order to allow the candidate to a) focus on the most productive issues and b) direct resources to those states where the electoral college "bang for the buck" is greatest. These polls must be as accurate as possible. Rarely are the results of these publicized, partially because the data they has utility to the opposition as well. The second type of poll is for public consumption. It is designed to rally the faithful (or discourage the opposition). These polls are the least credible as they are not in the service of objective truth but are to advance the objectives of the sponsor.
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Why Rice Resigning, Misses The Point

Fred688 Wrote: Sep 30, 2012 7:02 AM
Hillary was most immediately in charge. The safety of our diplomats is certainly a prime responsibility of the Secretary of State. Doesn't the buck stop with her? (Or was she over-ruled from above?)
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Mitt's Tax Cut Mulligan

Fred688 Wrote: Sep 30, 2012 6:17 AM
Ask any economist how the minimum wage impacts the employment of the unskilled worker. You cannot make an employer hire a person for more than that person is worth. If the minimum wage were eliminated the unemployment rate will drop sharply and welfare demands will decrease. What logic gives the government the authority to stand between a person willing to hire and another person willing to work?
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Aspiring Jihadist Arrested in Chicago

Fred688 Wrote: Sep 22, 2012 10:00 AM
I fail to understand the point you trying to make.
A most interesting dialogue between Mitchell and Sewitch. The comments are especially edifying. Would that all political discourse was held on this level.
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The Media's Rape of Reality

Fred688 Wrote: Sep 16, 2012 11:28 AM
Derek: Incisive article. You have identified the ineptness of Obama and Clinton. An ineptness based on false premises as to the intentions of a large sector of the Muslim world. Whether or not Islam is a "religion of peace" is a subject for theologians. But, it is evident that certain groups within it feed on certain chapters of the Koran to incite hatred for the non-Muslim world. The threat to western civilization is real and must be intelligently (and forcefully) addressed. The Obama administration appears to be blind to this reality.
I do not recognize the world that Mr. Bowyer lives in. Is there an alternate universe that I do not know about?
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Obama Makes No Hard Choices

Fred688 Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 9:46 AM
Mr. Carter goes directly to the gravamen of the policies of the present administration. His summarization of the issues is outstanding.
Even the devil can quote scripture.
Well spoken.
"Democratic PACs spent $1.5 million on behalf of Akin to ensure his Republican primary victory"? I keep hearing this but it is never substantiated. It seems to be a "Republican Establishment" talking point to get rid of a maverick conservative who will not "fall in line".
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