The humorist Josh Billings once joked, “The trouble with people is not that they don’t know, but that they know so much that ain’t so.”In the real world, there is a difference between knowing and believing. The sad truth about politics is that what people believe is more important than what’s true. So when voters believe things that aren’t true—when they “know” something that ain’t so—we all get hurt with bad policies. Unfortunately for all of us, many people today believe a lot about ...

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