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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Political spin personified

Want to see the art of political spin in action? Watch this.

It's an oversimplification, I know. But I've seen a distinct pattern in the ways each party campaigns.

The Democrats resort to double talk, trying to sound reasonable by giving vague answers to difficult questions.

The Republicans use lies, distortions, and unfounded accusations then call it "straight talk."

Most people who voted for George W. Bush later regretted electing someone who seemed like "a great guy to have a beer with" but turned out to be a disastrous president. Now Sarah Palin comes along and the same people are going to vote Republican once again because Palin seems like "the hockey mom" next door.

We get the government we deserve.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez

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