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  • Rhetoric (Score:3, Insightful)

    "Depression" means something very specific in economic terms. Looking at the latest BEA [doc.gov] data for GDP (not GNP; that's a little harder to find in Google) shows increases in 3Q and 4Q 2002. That's not even a recession.

    I agree that war is an ugly thing, that unemployment is terrible, and that things like Total Information Awareness are nasty, horrible things.

    There's really no excuse for an intelligent, reasonable person to make things up to support an argument. "The White House wants to kill orphans

    • Re:Rhetoric (Score:3, Insightful)

      chromatic, I consider you a friend, so I trust you won't take this personally!

      When I used the phrase "further depressing the US economy", I did not mean that we were experiencing a depression. I meant, very explicitly, to "Lessen the activity or force of; weaken". In fact, for this definition, dictionary.reference.com [reference.com] specifically uses the example feared that rising inflation would further depress the economy. I was not implying that we were experiencing a depression. As reported in the Washington Po [washingtonpost.com]

      • Re:Rhetoric (Score:2, Insightful)

        by chromatic (983) on 2003.03.16 18:59 (#17973) Homepage Journal

        I misunderstood your intent with "depressing". It's a word with connotations in this context.

        Most of my rant is against the simplistic logic found on protest signs and in the editorial pages of the Oregonian. Too few people seem to understand either economics (your focus) or history (mine). Whether that's due to institutional bias, concidental accidents, or the simple realities of publishing, it's not a place to find well-supported arguments.

        Like you, I'm uncomfortable with the idea of going to war. In this case, I think the threat of force may indeed help inspections achieve their goal -- a goal that inspections without looming enforcement were unable to achieve.