You can’t be too careful about your information gathering. Wading through conflicting details to arrive at a fact-based rationale for one’s opinions can be a chore.  But without reliable input one is hard pressed to make informed judgments. As computer techies put it, “garbage in, garbage out.” Unfortunately, in today’s heated atmosphere, the facts about health care, the stimulus package, bailouts or national security don’t always seem to matter.  Opposition forces create their own version of the truth and assail anything that doesn’t meet their ideological specifications.

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