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Political Analogies

January 27, 2013

I would suggest that if you’re going to compare political voting and such to anything, perhaps buying a car is a smarter analogy....

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CHayes

Jan-27-13 6:25 AM

" I want a president that is going to be smart about spending and not drive up taxes to the point of crippling the economy as it has been for the last several years."

Taxes have been at their lowest level in 5 decades for the last several years.

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JerryfromRI

Jan-27-13 7:19 AM

I liked the part how Obama drove up taxes for the last fours years. Not, true, but hey, as long as you made your point, right?

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enigma

Jan-27-13 7:28 AM

I love how he knows what everyone should want, while telling us that political analogies should all be done his way. He seems to think he's just way smarter than the rest of us.

Now in Wesley's defense: I don't see anything in here that talks about your precious Obama and his taxes. Maybe the lefties have a guilty conscience.

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rick424

Jan-27-13 7:39 AM

I want great accessories on my car. Power windows, heated seats, killer sound system. In politics I want a congress that will follow the lead of our great president instead of one that says "no" every chance they get.

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spike2

Jan-27-13 7:46 AM

Bobbie who has never owned a Mercedes speaks. I'll keep the Mercedes. You wanted a Lamborghini disguised as a Ford truck.

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gavinf56

Jan-27-13 7:56 AM

...and we ended up with a Chevy truck disguised as a Rolls Royce. ;=)

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gavinf56

Jan-27-13 7:58 AM

"In politics I want a congress that will follow the lead of our great president..." - rick424

That would first require a President who is willing to lead.

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enigma

Jan-27-13 8:15 AM

So Rick wants to toss the system we have and replace it with an Obama dictatorship. Not sure how that will go over with the people who elected that Congress full of no-men. The very reason that we have the system that we do is so that no one man can come in and change everything quickly. The founders know what they were doing.

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CarlHiller

Jan-27-13 9:20 AM

"Taxes have been at their lowest level in 5 decades for the last several years." Not due to anything Obama has done! In 2010 he raised taxes on Charitable Hospitals $50,000 per hospitals that fail to meet new "community health assessment needs," "financial assistance," and "billing and collection" rules set by HHS. PPACA; Page: 1,961-1 Reconciliation Act; Page: 108-113 a Tax hike of $4.5 billion This allows the IRS to invalidate legal tax deductions just because the IRS deems that the action lacks “substance” and is merely intended to reduce taxes owed. I thought that was the whole idea of deductions. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,971-1,980 $2.3 billion annual tax on the Drug Companies imposed relative to share of sales made that year. Seems that just raises the cost of medications especially for the elderly. PPACA; Page: 2,397-2,399 10 percent excise tax on Americans using indoor tanning salons. While I do not use a tanning salon many do and pay more

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CMReeder

Jan-27-13 10:19 AM

Well it looks like Mr. Hickok's analolgy lead to even worse ones.

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enigma

Jan-27-13 11:16 AM

Chuck,"Well it looks like Mr. Hickok's analolgy lead to even worse ones."

One of the rare times I agree with Chuck. You can't fix a bad analogy by adding to it. On the rare occasion when an analogy is appropriate in a politcal discussion, it is best to keep it short and to one specific point. Sweeping analogies like this one are ineffective and adding to them or trying to alter them just doesn't work. The author seems to know this as he sees the necessity of explaining each part of the analogy. Why not skip the analogy and just give the explanation? In this case, it's because the explanation is weak and he hopes to prop it up with the analogy. It didn't work.

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CHayes

Jan-27-13 3:01 PM

" So Rick wants to toss the system we have and replace it with an Obama dictatorship."

Yep, you caught him. I'm certain that's EXACTLY what Rick wants.

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wwhickok

Jan-28-13 5:57 AM

ZOMG Francine, call the grammar police I inadvertently added an extra a...What are we gonna do!!??

To Enigma, and the rest of you. By no means am I saying that analogies should be done my way, or that what I'm saying is a fact. I simply provided my opinion and my own personal analogy. Though I do think the analogy that was done in the past (that inspired me to do mine) was a bad analogy in general.

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wwhickok

Jan-28-13 5:59 AM

As far as my point, My point was to create a 'fun analogy' that would get people into a conversation. I'd view this as a success.

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wwhickok

Jan-28-13 6:03 AM

Enigma, it's just my guess that you're not a Brain Doctor.. I know this because you're really bad at guessing people's intent. As far as my explanation, I don't personally have a problem with how I presented it. However, as far as the analogy, I simply wanted to have fun with my article. Why? Because some of you people really bore the **** out of me.

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Premier

Jan-28-13 6:03 AM

"...and we ended up with a Chevy truck disguised as a Rolls Royce. ;=)"

My 2500HD took offense to that Gavin, being the most "dependable" vehicle I've ever owned.

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Josh84

Jan-28-13 7:54 AM

wwhickok Jan-28-13 5:57 AM****"To Enigma, and the rest of you. By no means am I saying that analogies should be done my way"

From the LTE

"I WOULD SUGGEST that if you're going to compare political voting and such to anything, perhaps buying a car is a smarter analogy."

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wwhickok

Jan-28-13 8:22 AM

Josh, look up the word Suggestion.

I didn't call anyone stupid, nor did I say that my way is the only way, nor did I say people SHOULD do it my way.

I made a suggestion, as in an 'opiniated idea'. Not all suggestions are good, and again, I also agree with the fact that very few analogies are good in the first place.

I also phrased each statement with "I", not suggesting it is what YOU DO want. Though at the end of my article I mentioned that what I described, is what people should want and I do believe that to be true.

Someone who is smart, spends wisely, isn't going to sky rocket taxes and take our freedoms, someone who has the character to stand through hardshiop and handle conflict.

Again the ideal description of a candidate is probably one that doesn't exist. I'm democrat and I didn't vote for Obama. I'm certainly not advocating for him. But I'm also not advocating for Republicans.

I will be one of the people in line voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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wwhickok

Jan-28-13 8:24 AM

Quite frankly, I don't really care if you don't like my letter, if you don't like it my letters don't read them. It's really that simple. But I expressed my point of view and opinion, not unlike every other author. Instead of wasting your time attacking the authors of various letters, why don't you spend some time talking about and sharing your point of view on the issues discussed within them. What I see is a bunch of people arguing and telling each other why they are wrong. Then people wonder why our country is the way it is. Look in the mirror, there's your answer.

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CHayes

Jan-28-13 11:45 PM

It seems that wwhickok has problems getting along with others here for some reason.

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CMReeder

Jan-29-13 8:24 AM

I do not see where Mr. Hickok has any more of a problem getting along with others who post here. I agree with him instead of speaking directly to the letter they attacked the writer and made even worse analogies in the process.

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wwhickok

Jan-29-13 11:14 AM

Hayes that's not true at all. Reeder is much more accurate on his assessment. I don't mind disagreeing with someone, but I try not to attack an author; I'm sure I have at some point, so I'm not pretending I'm innocent of it. However, it does seem that the 'same group of people' attack anyone that don't agree with, instead of just discussing a said issue.

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CHayes

Jan-29-13 2:01 PM

"I don't mind disagreeing with someone, but I try not to attack an author"

Why I've actually seen some people here resort to calling people names that politely corrected a statement they made. Imagine that.

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