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One of the few issues that unites almost everyone is opposition to waste. No one openly favors wasteful spending or wasting opportunities, for instance. So I want to identify those who have wasted something even more valuable, our time and to demonstrate the much-needed use of critical thinking.

We can start off with those who have made false statements about Barack Obama. Their inane comments would all have been disposed of easily had y they listened:

False: Obama was not a natural-born citizen and is not eligible under the Constitution to serve as the President of the United States.

True: Obama is a natural-born citizen because he was born in Hawaii, as his birth certificate and newspaper clippings prove. He is also a natural-born citizen because his mother was a citizen of the United States. Even if he had been born in Kenya, as "birthers" contend, he would be natural born and could serve as the President.

False: Obama is a Muslim.

True: Obama is a Christian. It does not matter if he were a Muslim, anyway.

We can then move on to the insidious comments made by "Tea Party" members and others in the health care reform debate:

False: The federal government takeover of the health insurance industry is unconstitutional as a violation of states' rights.

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True: Even if we choose to see it that way, it is no more a violation than the federal government's control over policies enacted by states about medical marijuana and physician-assisted suicide.

False: We can't have health care reform that is socialist.

True: We already have socialism in our nation in the form of the use of individual taxes to pay for libraries, the police and air quality, as well as many other things that individuals cannot do by themselves. It is also worth pointing out that the military and federal officials participate in health care plans that could be described as socialist.

False: We cannot trust our government to handle health care.

True: That may be so, but can we trust private corporations who continue to raise premiums sky high?

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We could continue with any one of a number of obviously false statements that many people in our nation fell for. But the point is that fewer and fewer people seem to think or want to think about what they are being told.

Discussion of the national debt serves to bring this idea home. While we know the national debt to be well over $12 million, few understand how it got to be this way, what its significance is and what we can do about it. Too many keep parroting the line that Obama has put us in serious debt.

The fact is, his predecessors going back to Reagan (and excluding Clinton) have brought us there. Under Reagan and Bush I, the debt as a percentage of the Gross Domestic Product rose from 40 percent to 70 percent. After Clinton lowered it, Bush II took to it 80 percent. (Source: http://zfacts.com)

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I agree critical thinking is a key to a thorough e... by Dennis Kaiser on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 10:57:56 AM
where in the health care bill does it state that i... by zonie on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 1:00:39 PM
Zonie,The health care bill does not state that ins... by Dean Hartwell on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 1:20:43 PM
Many of the comments about beliefs that don't squa... by Richmond Shreve on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 3:10:02 PM
One of the biggest enablers of this problem is our... by ProgressiveBum on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 4:19:07 PM
This article raises some key facts that bust myths... by JohnPeebles on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 4:29:22 PM
Not sure they have one to lose judging by current ... by Jeffrey Rock on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 4:36:37 PM
is trained not to think critically. Mind wiped by ... by richard on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 5:50:52 PM
I could not agree more. Especially in the US. I ... by Jeffrey Rock on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 7:33:09 PM
... that we can train both ourselves and others to... by Debbie Scally on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 10:49:45 PM
In the article, Imistakenly listed the size of the... by Dean Hartwell on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 7:48:21 PM
Americans are extremists. Politically, the pendulu... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 11:30:45 PM
I disagree Doc. Obama is disagreeable because he l... by boomerang on Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 at 9:38:06 AM
Those behind the Tea Partiers may be sociopathic b... by John Jonik on Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 at 5:19:15 PM