(Emphasis mine)In fact, his opinion is not only worth more than yours or mine - ours is actually just chatter. Noise. Something one might feel the need to scrap off their shoes.
While the findings of academic policy researchers are not infallible, they are generally something more than mere opinion, but in the policymaking arena, academic policy research often appears to the decision maker as simply one more opinion to be processed and weighed in the course of decision making. The public policy arena is always crowded with noisy ideas and chatter, including the views of constituents and clients, heart-rending anecdotes and testimonials, personal letters, testimony to committees and task forces, ant the minute-by-minute interpretations of "the chattering class," i.e., talk radio, headline television, newspaper editorials, and the Internet blogosphere.
No longer are we activists, scholars, leaders, researchers, residents, and those with first hand exposure to gambling addiction, we are, in fact, "the chattering class".
Well Clyde, while you were trying to convince anyone who'd listen that the casino industry is good for America, while removing your credentials from your web site so we couldn't see who was paying your bills, and co-authoring this odious attempt at discrediting anyone who
Something that an army of lawyers, selectmen, legislators, Governors, experts, scholars, editorials, journalists, Tribal chairmen and more blowhards and flying monkeys than you can shake a stick at were saying WAS A DONE DEAL.
AND THEY WERE WRONG.
So Clyde, stick that in your sack of PsuedoFacts and smoke it.
I am a blogger. Hear me roar.