I watched the first Republican debates this last Tuesday. Michele Bachmann, I felt, got the short end of the stick. Even for her coming out party (she declared herself in the race at the debates), she was too often talked over and seemed to get the fewest direct questions. John King spent way too much time asking "Elvis or Cash," "Iphone or Blackberry," "Boxers or Briefs." Bachmann didn't get a chance to shine. Too bad for fallacy hunters like me. But when asked what government program she'd cut to reduce the deficit, she did offer up a classic false dilemma (video):
And I would begin with the EPA, because there is no other agency like the EPA. It should really be renamed the job-killing organization of America
Short reply: it is part of the government's job to think 20+ years down the road even when you don't. Too many complain about the government being on people's backs, but, you know, if you have dangerous chemicals that could end up in my drinking water, the government should be on your back like a family of spider monkeys. Got toxic waste and need to dispose of it? G-man, I hope, has a long, long, long list of forms and so on that you need to fill out and verify before so. Why? 'Cause nobody (not even the polluters) wants to live in a world of trash.
(N.B., I once had a colleague who confessed that he rooted for the polluters when watching the late 80's cartoon series Captain Planet. So I will back off my statement that polluters don't want to live in filth. Apparently, one of them does, or at least doesn't see the comic book justice of having his trash ending up in his bedroom.)