Posted by bad_luck on 9/21/2012 2:48:00 PM (view original):
Posted by MikeT23 on 9/21/2012 2:15:00 PM (view original):But we haven't been over 8% unemployment forever. And to assign blame to someone for that situation, you need context. Talking points don't allow for context.
Repeating "We've been over 8% unemployment forever" or "Romney won't release his tax returns past two years" or "The national deficit is over 16 trillion" or "I pay a lower percentage in taxes than my secretary" are not bullshit statements. They are actual facts.
They're turned into talking points because they resonate with the common man. We're not a bright bunch.
"ROMNEY'S RICH!! HE ONLY CARES ABOUT RICH PEOPLE!!"
"OBAMA IS A SPEND AND TAX GUY!! HE'S GOING TO TAX EVERYONE MORE!!!!"
Same with tax rates and secretaries. It may be factual that Romney only paid 13% in taxes on his $21 million in income, but you still need more information before you (not you personally) start yelling.
Context before outrage.
Explain ANY of that to the average voter.
The objective isn't to inform people. The objective is to get them to vote the way you want them to.
The pretty pictures in this thread is a fine example.