JoeMemphis wrote: ↑Tue Jun 21, 2022 9:23 am
There are all kinds of opinions. Group them however you please. That’s also an opinion.
Oh I understand. But Joe, you said you took Logic in college. I hope at some point the instructor got to the point that opinions can assert subjective preferences (not logically or empirically provable), or assert something rooted in objective, empirical fact (which can be proven or disproven, logically or empirically). You can choose to reject this, of course you're free to do so, but I don't think your Logic instructor would give you an A.
I’ve read lots of opinions on this board that people claimed were facts. They weren’t and aren’t. You know, the border is closed, inflation is transitory, etc,etc,etc. Those were no more “real” than any of the others. Not rooted in reality.
Both of those are semantic arguments. Semantics is also important to human discussion.
What does it mean for a border to be "closed"? Some would argue it is only closed if there is a wall extending its entire length (roughly 2000 miles for the U.S.-Mexico border). I have to confess that definition of "closed" for national borders would mean there are almost no countries on Earth with closed borders.
I would say ours meets the definition of a secure
border for most countries, namely it has border patrol, checkpoints, and other systemic security (including cameras and drones) as well as some fencing and walls (some of the former built pre-Trump, going back to 2006). If in order to be "closed" it would have to prevent any undocumented person from crossing it, evah, well, I just happen to think that's an impossible dream.
As for inflation being transitory, well, that is not only true, but a tautology. BTW, I am not an economist, nor have I ventured a guess as to when our current inflation levels will fall, or end; however, I know of no economist who says U.S. inflation isn't finite in duration. They most definitely have
got it wrong on their guesses on duration, though.