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ColoradoPols makes a rare ad hominem attack (tee hee)

Posted by Kelly Maher on March 6th, 2011
 
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ColoradoPols thought they had a hot video with House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument, objecting to a $1.6 billion tax-hike initiative proposal that would purportedly go to fund public schools and higher education.

But check out the ad hominem attack…

“Even worse are her weird, creepy ‘air quotes’ . . .

“…and other such ‘studies’ she obviously cares nothing about . . .

“…comes across as the perfect caricature of the aloof, uncaring, out-of-touch politician . . .

“…one of the worst performances we’ve ever seen . . .

“…could undo much of the work Republicans have done to live down that whole ‘we are not looking to starve the children’ . . .”

And those fragments are all just from ONE PARAGRAPH. You’ll notice a theme: there’s not a single fact, statistic, or even analysis. There’s a double-edged sword to video blogging. A writer can back up a critique with visual proof that people can see for themselves; but people can also see for themselves if it’s an overreach.

ColoradoPols claims Stephens completely denies “a problem with education funding in Colorado.”

But wait. “For the current fiscal year of 2010-11, appropriations to K-12 education comprise the largest share of the state’s general fund (45.6%), according to Independence Institute research. That report also states that, “The annual amount of real state-appropriated dollars per pupil rose by 72.6 percent from 1984-85 to 2009-10″ in Colorado.

Yes, there could be a $375 million cut coming for K-12, which was proposed by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

So when Stephens says, “Well funded [is] in the eyes of the beholder,” she’s right.

The best moment of the video (and one that ColoradoPols wisely chose not to mock) is at the end when Stephens says:

“I think that the answer: tax, tax, tax is certainly not on the minds of today’s Colorado families…”

  • Post by Kelly Maher on March 6th, 2011

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