it's ridiculous and instructive that romney and ryan are going around accusing obama of cutting medicare by $700 billion. one might think: well, they're just trying to manipulate people; they'll say anything. but instead of considering their strategy, think about their actual position and argument: they think they can accuse obama of doing more or less what they themselves endorse. in other words, maybe their goal is to manipulate, but what they actually construct is a ridiculous scatter of contradictions. we should hold people responsible for that: only really stupid people - people without the slightest notion of logical thinking - could take up simultaneously the positions that they endorse. it's annoying that 'strategic communication' (a contradiction in terms) leads politicians to treat us as idiots. but it should embarass them that it leads them to become idiots. politicians and the folks who teach this sort of 'communications' should stop thinking of themselves as firendishly clever manipulators of the populace and start thinking about what they are actualy encouraging people to say.