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Thinking About Cut ‘n Paste

By on October 19, 2020 in See It Here

I have long said social media is wonderful until a presidential election nears. Then it becomes filled with “facts” that are false and a lack of thinking and research about what is read online.

A popular one making the rounds is Joe Biden was “the deciding vote” on raising taxes on social security in 1993.” The fact is then-Vice President Al Gore was the deciding vote to raise taxes for some wealthy taxpayers to 85 percent after a 50-50 Senate stalemate. It was an effort to reduce the deficit. A decade earlier, President Reagan signed Senate-passed legislation to tax the wealthy on 50 percent–a move Biden supported.

A GOP ad uses Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci saying “I can’t imagine that anyone could be doing more” suggesting the President has an all-out effort underway to battle Covid-19. The statement is about members of the Coronavirus Task Force, not the President. Of course, it’s found not only on TV but everywhere on the Internet which means–it’s cut-and-pasted–everywhere.

Can you say “Fake News?” This is all the result of cut-and-paste which allows one to appear in the know-on top of events-and a go-to for reality. The fact is it requires no thought. We react but we don’t think.

Chances are, it ain’t gonna change before November 3rd.

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