A serious note about Straw Men

The Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz

LiberalBias.com has recently been accused of using Straw Man Arguments when portraying the conservative position. Most of these arguments, however, have been presented by true, righteous, upstanding conservatives themselves.

Mark Levin, towering conservative mind, is very happy with the House of Representatives, and with good reason. They have repealed Obamacare infinity-minus-one times. They have nearly outlawed abortion. And they have created a budget that completely fixes all of our budget deficit problems in a mere 100 years by making sure that all poor people are dead by then. The House of Representatives is clearly doing the work of God.

Mark Levin is not happy, however, with the Senate. The Senate has stubbornly refused to take up the common-sense legislation against Obamacare, abortions and poor people, and instead have been trying to pass absolutely ridiculous laws that treat illegal immigrants as people. Mark Levin is even more ticked off at the Senate now that Harry Reid has been promising to reform the fillibuster rules.

So what was Mark Levin’s proposed solution to this problem?

He suggested getting rid of the Senate completely.

 

The Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz
Is there anything wrong with Straw Men, really?

Now this is a trick kind of argument to make.  To many people, it sounds like one of those joke headlines that would come from The Onion. It sounds like a “straw man argument”: one of those exaggerated arguments that people make but that nobody actually supports.

But no: Mark actually engaged in a long, protracted analysis on his radio show where he explained why he thought that getting rid of the Senate really would be constitutional, and would be desirable.

Another example: earlier today, Sean Hannity was talking about the Zimmerman trial. He had a guest on to debate with, and they had gotten the discussion to the point where they were talking about the presumed fist fight between Zimmerman and Trayvon.

The guest said: To me, it just sounds like Zimmerman was in a fist fight. That, by itself, doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to pull out a gun and start shooting.

Sean Hannity said: I think that if you’re in a fight, and your being punched in the head, and you are scared that you might black out, then you have every legal right to pull out a gun and use deadly force!

Basically, Hannity’s argument was that if you feel like you are losing a fist-fight, you have the right to shoot the other person dead.

 

In both of these cases, we have important, intelligent conservatives–true great Americans–promoting arguments that most reasonable people would say sound like “straw man” arguments.

 

This raises an interesting and important question: Is there anything wrong with Straw Man arguments, really?

From a conservative perspective, it seems like “Straw Men” get a bad rap. Just because they seem silly to liberals doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take them 100% SERIOUSLY OURSELVES, right?

And as we all know: Sean Hannity and Mark Levin are never wrong.

 

So, as a proud conservative, I say this to you: Don’t be shy. Don’t hold back. Don’t doubt yourself just because some liberal tells you that your argument is plainly ridiculous and sounds like a “Straw Man” argument.

Just look at them, and proudly proclaim: “Well, maybe I’m a proud, conservative Straw Man myself! Stop being so racist!”

That’s sure to shut them up.

After all, if they think that it’s silly to suggest completely eliminating the Senate on the grounds that you disagree with it…. then that’s clearly just their liberal bias talking!

Mark Levin proves the debt is really 1 Quadrillion Dollars!!

The Real Federal Debt

The Real Federal Debt

Since people aren’t as terrified as they should be, Mark Levin has been spending a lot of time proving the debt is much bigger than our lying government is telling us. He does a good job, but we think he could go even farther.

It all began last November, when Chris Crox and Bill Archer published an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal explaining why the federal debt is much bigger than everyone thinks.

Their logic was simple and direct. The federal government tells you that our debt is $15.96 trillion. But that is misleading because that is only what we owe now.  Sure, it most people think the word “debt” actually means “what you owe now”, but we should change that.  What if we were to say that the “debt” should also include stuff you are going to owe in the future!!!

Financial people call this type of thing unfunded liability. An unfunded liability is something you know you are going to owe in the future, even though you don’t technically owe it yet. Cox and Archer say that we should include this stuff in what we call our “debt”.

Just to make this personal and concrete for you: imagine you are a young person with a spouse and you have a 1 year old child. This would be like adding that child’s college tuition when figuring out what your “debt” is, because after all you are going to owe that money eventually. That makes perfect sense, right?  Your child is one year old, so you might as well think of that child’s college tuition as your current debt.

Using this reasoning, Cox and Archie say that our debt is not only the $15.97 trillion that we owe now, but also the $20.5 trillion that we will eventually owe on Social Security for all of the people alive today who will some day collect social security (in the future), and also the $23.5 trillion that we will eventually owe on retirement benefits for current federal employees who are not yet retired but eventually will be (in the future), and also the $42.8 trillion that we will eventually owe on Medicare for all people who are currently alive and will eventually be paid Medicare (in the future)!

That adds up to $86.8 trillion!  This is a brilliant accounting trick!  Because if your goal is to really really freak people the fuck out, then what better way is there than to say that their “debt” includes stuff that hasn’t happened yet?

So Mark Levin heard about this article, and has recently been citing it whenever he gets a chance. As a result, these numbers have been cropping up everywhere. So if you see the number $86.8 trillion anywhere, this is where it comes from. That number is now being proudly announced as the “real debt” in blog comments and by talk radio callers everywhere.

However, although Mark Levin is doing a great job (as usual), we here at Liberal Bias believe he does not go far enough.

I mean, let’s use some common sense.  If we are going to include future retirement money on the people currently in federal office, why not also include retirement money for people that we haven’t yet elected but we are sure we will elect some day?  If we are going to include Medicare for all people alive but who are not yet receiving Medicare payments, then why not also include the money for all Medicare for all future humans that will be born for the next 40 years? Why not also include all of the costs that we are sure to incur just from having dumb liberal presidents in the future?

The point is, why wait? Why not just add in all of that future money NOW, and call it part of our current debt? There is no need to stop at a measly $86.8 trillion!

 

To illustrate this point, we have created the above graph. Using the infallible reasoning of Mark Levin, and merely extending it a little bit to its logical conclusion, we can conclusively prove that  our current national debt is 1 quadrillion dollars!

You heard it hear first.

 

Graph Data Source: this graph has been created for illustrative purposes only. Liberal “actual” data was not used.

Related Story: Mark Levin proves that unemployment is really 50%

Mark Levin proves that unemployment is really 50%

Real Unemployment

Radical left-wing media organizations all over the country reported last week that unemployment in June 2012 was 8.2%.  This is a liberal lie, designed to make people think that the entire world isn’t about to collapse under the evil dictatorship that is the Obama presidency. Well, we are here to tell you that they are wrong, and the world is about to collapse, and it is all Obama’s fault.

More specifically, on Mark Levin’s radio show this past Friday, he outlined two very strong and rational arguments that prove that the 8.2% unemployment number is a lie:

First, Mark Levin very wisely said this: You don’t need a government agency to tell you how well the economy is doing. You can just look around you. Use your own eyes. Does everything look perfect to you? Is everyone happy? Obviously not! Therefore, there is no recovery. (These were not his exact words but that was the gist of his argument, and it makes sense to me.)

Second, Mark Levin sagely pointed out that the 8.2% number is a fiction that was invented by Democrats, and that it excludes people who are under employed, or part-time employed, or who have given up looking for work because they feel discouraged.  If you include people who are employed part time but wish they were employed full time, and you include people feel so unhappy that they have given up looking for work, then the number is actually 14.5%, and that is practically 15%.

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT! 15 PERCENT!

But wait! There’s more.

Not only do we  agree with this line of reasoning, we do not think Mark Levin has gone far enough.

Using exactly the same logic that Mark Levin uses, we believe it is reasonable to include yet more people who have been irrationally excluded from the unemployment statistic.

After all, if it makes sense to include people who are working part time who could be working full time, then why not also include people who are working one job but could be working two jobs?

If you include people who feel discouraged about looking for work, why not also include people who are unhappy at the jobs that they have?

If you dig deeply enough, there are all kinds of groups that we can add to the “unemployment” statistic to make it higher more realistic!

Our team of researchers at LiberalBias.com has done an in-depth analysis using the “Mark Levin line of reasoning,” and have determined that if you include ALL unemployed people, under-employed people, part-time employed people, unhappily-employed people, people who could be working 2 jobs but actually are working only 1 job, and people who are employed but spend most of their time playing golf, and so on, then the REAL unemployment rate is more like 46.8%…. and that is nearly 50%!!!

Although Mark Levin has not actually made this specific argument, he is a smart man and we are sure he would agree with this line reasoning. We know what is in his heart.

So, why aren’t other media outlets reporting this disgraceful Obama unemployment rate of 50%?

Clearly, it must be because they have liberal bias!!!!!

 

Graph Data Source: this graph has been created for illustrative purposes only. Liberal “actual” data was not used.

Related Story: Mark Levin proves the debt is really 1 Quadrillion Dollars!!