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November 11, 2003

...a story makes you popular, doesn't make it true. A great line from another surprisingly non-left-wing article found in the NY Times. It's by David Brooks, a relatively new columnist who tends to be refreshingly moderate. I myself have actually been guilty of assuming that administration-friendly companies like Halliburton get all the contracts, but I would be wrong. From my experience with government contracts, I should know better, although different departments may act differently.

Posted by charr at 3:50 PM
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Thanks for pointing out that article. You know, it really annoys me how so little of what you hear can be taken at face value. It's no wonder that the two parties are so divided; it's impossible for most people to get at the real truth, so they just have to make a gut decision about which talking heads they will believe. This difficulty in getting to the truth of matters is a major obstacle to the democratic process, and there's no one in particular to point a finger at. It's just the way things are now, and everyone parrots misinformation without even knowing it. It's this sort of thing that keeps me from saying much about politics.

Posted by Levi at November 12, 2003 12:07 AM

Levi, on this we can agree. The misinformation the Republicans and the Democrats spread is one of the big reasons why I left the Republican party and wouldn't join the Democratic one. I agree with both on different issues, but the deliberate dishonesty of both made me ill. Of course, now that I've recently found that the Libertarian party is just as guilty, I'm leaving them too. I'm back to being an independant, I suppose. I'm so fickle when it comes to political affiliation. :)

Posted by Jan at November 12, 2003 6:50 AM

That's because you're dealing with politics, which, by nature, are fickle.

Posted by Cameron at November 12, 2003 8:20 AM

Thank you, Cameron! My brother has been kvetching about Halliburton for *ages* and I knew that the system just wasn't that simple to allow for such supposed nepotism. My Dad's even a government contractor and knows the system, but for the life of him couldn't explain it to my brother to show him how silly he was being. I also feel better knowing that my skepticism of what the Dems were saying on this particular issue was warranted after all.

Posted by Heather at November 12, 2003 9:20 AM

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