America Is Being Run By Talking Points, Not Facts

Thursday, December 5, 2013

It seems to me we need a media outlet that is totally committed to presenting factual information on topics instead of talking points. Both sides seem to be driven to omit the teaching/fact mode of issues and focus on their versions of their talking points.  The results seem to be public opinions that are not founded in facts and thought.   Some might even call it analytical thinking.  

One of most recent hotly contested issues of late is our health care system and until just recently I had not figured out that it really isn’t insurance, it’s really pre-paid health care.  One must stop and think it through to see that in my case I , until recently, had a family plan that was $725 per month with a $5,000 deductible.  This simply means that for my family to receive any benefit we would pay $13,700 each year.  After a lot of bookkeeping on my part I conclude my provider was not paying anywhere near that amount for services for our family.  I therefore conclude all we were doing is pre-payment of future health care.  

I tell this story to make the point we as a society have our minds conditioned by what the current talking points are rather than the facts of any situation.  I could ramble on and on and not make my case any better that we all need to get better informed about our current issues in America.  

How does minimum wage work? Who pays for it? How do we best take care of the poor? How can Americans get back to work? Why doesn’t America make things anymore? Who can best manage our schools? Why do we have so many laws? Why do we have gridlock?   It is our responsibility to find out.  No one else is going, in a non- agenda driven way, share the total truth.  If they did, a lot of things might be different.

Dennis Allison
Ooltewah

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