Monday, June 30, 2008

Why I lie

Whether a policy makes sense, is practical, or actually improves people's lives is of secondary importance to me. What is important is whether supporting or opposing that policy makes me feel good about myself. I'll almost always prefer a policy that's extremely expensive, difficult to implement, and helps almost no one, but seems "nice". Because most Americans make decisions about policies based on whether or not they believe the policy actually makes people's lives better or worse, to enact my policies I've become habitually dishonest about what I believe and what want to do. Lying about my agenda has become as natural to me as chasing a cat is to a dog.


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