Originally Posted by YossarianIsSane View Post

I like how it's moved from 'not required' to 'benefits are not well defined' to 'benefits not worth the cost' to 'how is it being paid for' to 'are the figures right'.

Yep, that shift was pretty amusing to me as well - it's not required, there's enough bandwidth. Ok, but the benefits are social, nothing else. Well ok, but it costs taxpayers too much. Ok, but you can't do a CBA right this second.

I know it's some sort of alpha-male machismo to never admit when you're wrong, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary (see: Christianity, the GOP) but I would think that a lot of people would think a lot more highly of someone who can take evidence contrary to their views, analyse it and then say 'you know, actually I think there is merit in that'.
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