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  • How Conservatives Think

    December 29, 2015

    David Burress

    By David Burress   All popular political discussions suffer from statistics abuse, but conservative arguments tend to be based on outright statistics denial. There are fundamental psychological reasons for that. Consider the original sin of statistical denial, which is anecdotalism. (Caveat: the following claims are significantly more true of religious conservatives than market libertarians.) As soon as you ...

  • KANSAS BUDGET’S IN FINE SHAPE…IF YOU’RE FOR DISMANTLING EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT

    May 16, 2012

    David Burress

    By David Burress   Governor Brownback says that Kansas taxes and budget are in fine shape. Oddly enough, by his lights he is telling the truth. Immense tax cuts for the rich are antiegalitarian, which to him means just deserts. The constant search for needy groups to throw under the bus is reducing the quality of life ...

  • SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS

    May 16, 2012

    David Burress

    By David Burress   What we have never seen is a hard-hitting series of coordinated nation-wide ads organized around a punch line such as:   Democrats will protect your pocketbook. Republicans won’t. An individual ad might say: Some drug companies charge $300,000 to keep you alive. Democrats want Medicare to bargain a better deal. Republicans are blocking it. Or: In the old days medical Insurance ...

  • SUGGESTIONS FOR ADAPTING TO A HORRIBLE STATE LAW

    May 16, 2012

    David Burress

    By David Burress   The Kansas Legislature has required state university campuses to allow students to carry concealed guns to class, starting in fall 2017. Very few people engaged in higher education think this is a good idea. There are still some legal things the universities might arguably do to discourage the practice. For example:   -forbid open carry ...