Oversimplification Throughout History Compares the ideals of President George W. Bush to those of Plato

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Oversimplification Throughout History

"These classical evolutionary theories are a gross oversimplification of an immensely complex and intricate mass of facts, and it amazes me that they are swallowed so uncritically and readily and for such a long time by so many scientists." Sir Ernst Chain said this in relation to the subject of religion and evolution, and although I do not necessarily agree with him, I can see his point. I would hardly consider the theory of evolution to be a vague generalization of important facts, but there are plenty of other issues where I tend to take Chain's point of view. For instance, the philosopher Plato had many theories and ideas about the ways of the world, and the way that the world should be. The things that he said would make sense if you were to hear them with a closed mind, but if you opened yourself up the world to take in and accept all of it, then you could see that if any of these policies were ever instated, they would do more harm than good.

In this way, Plato is a lot like our current president George W. Bush. Plato may have been much more articulate in the way that he proposed his ideas, but he and Bush share the same type of misgivings about the world insofar that all of its faults can be summed up and corrected in just a few words.

A good first example of this oversimplification is Bush's tax plan. Bush knows that America's economy relies on big business, and he also knows that rich people run these big businesses. After coming to this conclusion, his reasoning just stops and he goes ahead with his tax plan. He provides major tax cuts for the upper-income families. In fact, 43% of...