Fallacies 101: Moving the Goal Posts

Sometimes when politicians are arguing a point, they will challenge an opponent’s position not by addressing the point being argued, but by moving the standard by which the point is measured.

For example, one could argue that gas prices are currently low relative to 2008, when the average price per gallon was $3.50, so Missourians would be impacted less by an increase in gas taxes now to pay for roads. In response, the other side could argue that compared with 1995, when gas averaged $1.09 per gallon, gas is twice as much, so the impact would be great. See if you can recognize the “moving the goal post fallacy” in the next political debate!

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