About Overanalytic

Overanalytic is a place where we will look at what politicians and other public figures say, and what ideas circulate in the political and political analysis arenas, and apply some data-based analysis of their accuracy.  My goal is to take the time and do the research to understand the buried implications of the plans and promises we hear from our leaders every day, and the claims of the commentators and observers who surround them.

My goal is not to analyze the statements for which a speaker has direct supporting documentation.  In most cases, each side of a debate can show the numbers work for them, as long as you accept their assumptions.  Other sites are also much better prepared to do the number crunching when the data are clear than I am.  I am looking for the statements for which either a speaker believes no documentation is necessary, the presentation is not practical, or none is provided, and a more sideways approach is better suited to addressing the problem.

More often than not, I imagine, these statements will be forward looking statements, not statements of current fact; it is more interesting to try to tease out the fundamental implications of an “if we do x then y will result” than a simple “x is true”.  The latter are more likely to boil down to which set of assumptions to apply, as I mentioned above.  However, I am willing to look at both kinds, under the right circumstances.  I may also apply my brand of analysis to questions that aren’t based on specific statements, but interest me.

What gets looked at and what doesn’t will be pretty random.  Some statements, as interesting as they are, don’t have a good angle to approach them at.  Others would just take too much time.  This may mean that some time goes by between updates, or I may rattle them off quite rapidly for a time.  I will not seek content to fit any particular schedule.

This blog is written from a liberal perspective, but I do not intend to limit my analysis to statements from one side of the political spectrum, or conclusions which support one side.  If I find a conservative statement that my analysis shows makes good sense, you’ll get to read about it.  If a liberal says something I can pick apart, you’ll see that too.  But, I will not claim there is no bias in my choice of targets and subjects.

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