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Assuming the numbers are data are accurate, it will be very interesting to see if this study has any impact on congress. That is an open question. For many folks in congress, reality viewed through the lens of ideology has a disturbingly consistent knack of displacing reality viewed through the lens of unspun fact and logic.

And, the FTC will likely dismiss the study as propaganda. They have their reputation to protect. That should provide sufficient political cover to people in congress who need to ignore this study to rationalize its results with the reality their ideology tells them to otherwise perceive. Time will tell.

Community Catalyst and US Public Interest Research Group also published a study recently with contrary findings to the IMS study. I don't know which is correct but people interested in the topic should look at both studies and decide which is most compelling. Both studies have backers with political motives that are obvious.

Dear BRB:

Thanks for the heads up - we will give those reports a look.

Thanks for the comment.

GD states: For many folks in congress, reality viewed through the lens of ideology has a disturbingly consistent knack of displacing reality viewed through the lens of unspun fact and logic.

So true. So true, in fact, that the very reason the blogs are choked with ideology-driven nonsense is because the displacement works. 'Reputation' becomes a slave to the allignment with the 'perception,' which is often falsely driven.

There is a reason people tell lies even though almost universally people are brought up with the teaching that such behavior is 'bad.' 'Bad' works (too often).

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