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  •  There is no need to impune the CBO's work (1+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541

    But when discussing CBO reports everyone should start with the inherent challenge of forecasting the future and to not take these reports as facts. The problem is that both parties find nuggets in the reports that they want to use to score political points so they repeat the nuggets until they sound factual. But they are not.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 02:36:52 PM PST

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    •  prescriptive vs descriptive forecasting (1+ / 0-)
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      It's one thing to predict the movements of celestial bodies. It's quite another to predict things that are within our control. Even assuming the CBO gave some dire report about possible negative effects of some piece of otherwise OK legislation, that only serves to improve and tweak those laws.

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