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Appeal to Ignorance

[¬†When the premises of an argument affirm that nothing has been proved about something, and the conclusion makes a definite assertion about that thing, the argument commits an appeal to ignorance. Mr. Obama’s argument is like GW Bush’s regarding the “effectiveness” of waging the war on terror… ¬†After all, since waging the war, the possibility of terrorism has diminished — or so you are told to believe… ]

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President Barack Obama said his $787 billion stimulus bill “has worked as intended” as he pushed back against Republican criticism that his recovery program has failed to rescue the economy. Were it not for the stimulus program, the president said, “state deficits would be nearly twice as large as they are now, resulting in tens of thousands of additional layoffs — layoffs that would affect police officers, teachers, and firefighters.”

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