Tea party members have better cognitive reasoning

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    96. TheNationalScienceFoundationPutsTeaPartyMembers’Cognitive Abilities Under the Microscope... with Surprising Results – (CT) $398,990

    No, Tea Partiers are not worse at science, according to the conclusions of one law professor who studied political identification and cognitive abilities using a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. In fact, identification with the Tea Party correlated slightly with better scientific comprehension, a result the investigator found “surprising.”885

    A broader study of political parties and cognitive reasoning yielded similar conclusions for the Yale University law professor.

    Identification with the Republican Party correlates with a better performance on a cognitive reasoning test, a conclusion which even stunned the study’s author. “[Cognitive] scores increased with

    thestrengthofsubjects’identificationwiththeRepublicanParty”(emphasisoriginal).886 Theauthor described this result as “puzzling” and had predicted the “cognitive scores would be negatively correlated with right-wing ideology.

    This study was in Senator Coburn's 2013 waste book. Should lead to an interesting TH debate.
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    Better than what? Did I miss part of it?
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    The study itself wasn't put in the Wastebook so I just copied the first couple of paragraphs. My reading of it is the more you identify with the Republican Party the better your cognitive scores were.
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    No offense to you but it makes it kind of hard to debate when the whole test along with how it was conducted is not available.
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    The following is from the last paragraph of the linked article
    In other words, according to the author, there is apparently no difference between tea party types and everyone else.
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    The half the country that's living off the government rarely questions anything. Tea party must be a step up. No brainer.
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    Let's test this theory.

    Can you borrow in order to consume, indefinitely?
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    That's a fargin trick question!

    ...but we sure are testing that theory
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    Their reasoning for voting for Obama the first time around told me all I needed to know. The #1 answer I got in my gman reasoning poll was he's smart. :eek:
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    Well, we do know Dems and Libs aren't very good at math and economics. Guess they're not very good at anything else....except excuses.
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    They are good at manipulation.
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    stock market does better under Democratic presidents. employment does better under Democratic presidents ...
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    :eek: Yay team even though you can't complete a sentence without factual errors.
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    what errors?
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    Your little black and white commentary. Please tell me how well the economy did under Carter? Obama? Cognitive reasoning? flawed
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    I'd suggest you actually look up facts rather than toss attempted insults. Unemployment by president, starting in 1949:
    Truman - down 1.4
    Eisenhower - up 3.7
    JFK/LBJ - down 3.2
    Nixon/Ford - up 4.1
    Carter - unchanged
    Reagan - down 2.1
    Bush - up 1.9
    Clinton - down 3.1
    Bush - up 3.6
    Obama, so far - down .8

    I know you'd like to pretend the figures show something else, but that's what they are.
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    The stock market does better under democrats because businesses hold back their investments. They won't invest in their businesses for fear the government will step in and tax/take it. It is foolish to claim this as a positive for anyone.

    Besides, as we are now seeing, the stock market is a poor indicator of the current state of the economy. 79% of Americans think we are still in a recession. This recession, as you may recall, was declared over by the Obama administration five years ago.
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    What the hell are you providing here? No link, nothing, just a bunch of nothing? Cognitive reasoning will tell anyone with any reasonable sanity that Reagan left the country in much better shape then when he first got in office. If you're not even willing to acknowledge that we have nothing to discuss because you're being downright dishonest. You're entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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