Critical Thought #1 - Red Herring

The one thing that draws me most to conservative values is the solid base of it’s principles.  They are based in hard, proven philosophies that have served every emerging nation well that believed in them.  History is full of examples to a state that moves away from conservative values.

Conservative values stand up well to critical thinking.  From dictionary.com, let’s define critical thinking.

Main Entry:   critical thinking
Part of Speech:   n
Definition:   the mental process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information to reach an answer or conclusion

Basically we’re looking at a process that uses the capabilites of the mind that God gave us to calmly and cooly consider an idea before we go off half-cocked.  Liberal/Statist values simply don’t stand up to that kind of thought analysis. 

Critical thinking uses certain tools to identify fallacies in logic. 

Red Herring – something intended to divert attention from the real problem or matter at hand; a misleading clue.

Example : Bush financial policies are bad, Clinton’s were good.

Supporters of Liberal economic policy often point to the deficit spending of Bush vs the deficit spending of Clinton.  After looking at the data, there IS evidence that defict spending during the Clinton years took a dive and rose during the Bush years. http://zfacts.com/p/318.html

Fallacy : The fallacy here is that they are only using part of the data to distract from critically thinking about the whole picture.

Facts about government spending.

  1. Congress has the “power of the purse”.  Congress creates the budget and allocates spending.  The President simply suggests/requests spending.  To be honest I’m not sure he has the chance to approve/veto the budget Congress creates.
  2. Under the Clinton years, Republican’s owned Congress.  The 1996 election was a good year for Republicans.  Oddly enough, this coincides with Clinton’s reduction in deficit spending.
  3. Under the Bush years,  we were hit with 9/11 and the war in Iraq.  Yes Deficit spending went up.  We were fighting a war.  By about late 2003 to early 2004, we began to get a handle on spending.  Under a Republican Congress, though a minor majority.
  4. The 2006 election saw a change in ownership of Congress to the Democrats.  Deficit spending held steady, but the telling factor is this.  We were pulling down our troop levels in Iraq.  So if we stayed level, the money was going somewhere.

Now point 2 and point 3 are from my memory.  There’s election data, but I’m pretty sure they are accurate.

Conclusion : We’re being distracted by pleasant sounding blame, and not thinking for ourselves