Stubborn facts

john-adams-paul-giamatti-dvd-cover-artJohn Adams may have had really terrible teeth (at least as portrayed in the excellent HBO miniseries by Paul Giamatti), but he was a powerful orator, in part because he took seriously his famous observation that “facts are stubborn things.”

The full quote is:

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

If you want to get the full “Destimulating Facts” about the wasteful spending in this stimulus, check out the excellent compendium of pork and lard bits compiled by Spruiell and Williamson on NRO.

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