How do you sift through the mess of information/misinformation in washington today?

one pundit says corporate tax rates are too high and sending businesses overseas. another says our corporate tax rates are the lowest in the world. one presidential candidate says global warming isn't happening, another says its real and its anthropogenic. i sift through this mess of information and misinformation by reading the actual text of legislation and budgets (rather than trust someone reporting about them who probably didn't even read it themselves), reading the work of noted experts, scientists, and otherwise learned people, and by studying the motivations behind the claims made by politicians and reporters. given the passionate denial of certain facts and the adamant belief in obvious lies, it's apparent to me that most users of this site do not do the same level of homework and behind the scenes fact checking that i do when it comes to claims of a political nature. and so my question is this: how do you know that what you are being told is true and not just part of someone's agenda? do you check information yourself at all, or do you just accept everything the television tells you? what research do you do to know you are not being mislead?

Asked By: - 8/25/2011
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Answered By: The Solution - 8/25/2011
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You are right of course, most who vote haven't got a clue as to who is right or dead wrong. The reason is clear and is debated in just about all politics 101 courses: Most people vote for who they like, not the best person for the job. That's also a close second to voting for personality and charisma, which is another... More
Answered By: ggraves1724 - 8/25/2011
best thing is to turn off the TV or at least the 24 hour 'news' channels that are not much more than propaganda. Next, select your newspapers carefully... More
Answered By: Al - 8/25/2011
Our system of elections generally makes it a choice of the lesser of two evils. Or incompetents. I start by looking at the candidates and eliminating those with stated positions I find questionable or offensive. This narrows the field down a lot. Then I look at the character of the people left. Do their actions conform... More
Answered By: balloon buster - 8/25/2011
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