Sunday, March 19, 2006

Bush and the Straw Man

Interesting article on Bush's favorite retorical technique.
He over simplifies and misrepresents the opposition position, refutes it and then claims that his oppositions position has been refuted.
For example :

Not long after taking office in 2001, Bush pushed for a new education testing law and began portraying skeptics as opposed to holding schools accountable.

The chief opposition, however, had nothing to do with the merits of measuring performance, but rather the cost and intrusiveness of the proposal.

Read the article here

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