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No one ever lost an election underestimating the gullibility of the US media

Last week, NPR did a report on the economic proposals of McCain and Obama. McCain’s centerpiece is tax cuts for the wealthy, while Obama champions a tax cut for the middle class. NPR ignored the fact that McCain is now promoting the same plan that he opposed 8 years ago, and that Bush’s tax cuts for the rich have had none of the promised results, making the economy worse, not better.  Instead, NPR decided to focus on the “big ideas” behind the proposals.

What are these big ideas?  In NPR’s words, the big idea behind the Obama plan was “fairness”, which could also be called “redistribution” (i.e. socialism). And the big idea behind the McCain plan was “growth”.

Leave it to the US media to get it totally wrong. Luckily for McCain, he can depend on the media to get it wrong again and again.

When gas passes $4/gallon, McCain proposes drilling in environmentally sensitive offshore areas. Never mind that there is so little oil there it will make very little difference in oil prices, and not for at least 10 years, if ever.  But thank goodness for the media, who contrast Obama’s concern for the environment (out of touch and elitist) with McCain’s concern for jobs and growth.

If McCain can look good with a proposal that jeopardizes the environment for almost no economic benefit (but benefits oil companies), I suppose that it is only natural that he would get behind tax cut proposals that have have been a dismal failure over the last eight years.

Lastly, where can you read about this?  Why in a non-US newspaper, of course.



  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Way to be a partisan hack… Most of what you say in this rant is literally wrong. In no possible way is it even near correct.

    There are HUGE tax increases in the Obama plan for anyone that makes over 120k. In most states that is middle class still.

    The McCain plan is NOT the same as the Bush plan, despite what the liberal blogosphere is spreading. It has tax cuts almost across the board, though they aren’t very high and likely won’t affect many people.

    The best thing about McCain to me is that he is going to cut government spending across the board.He is shooting for balancing the budget in the next 4 years. If Obama is in office expect federal spending to shoot up at least 200%.

    Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 11:51 pm | Permalink
  2. iron wrote:

    Yeah, and you probably believed Bush when he said he was going to be a “compassionate conservative”, or when he denounced “nation building”.

    If you are going to say I’m wrong, then give references to back up your claims (like I do). Otherwise, you’re just blowing smoke.

    Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 12:23 am | Permalink
  3. Len B. wrote:

    I often used the expression “Bull Sh**” !!!.

    Then that expression became “BS” !!!.

    Q. What did I really mean when I used those expressions?

    A. I meant that something was ridiculous, or idiotic or a half truth
    or just stupid. It covered any number of negative formats.

    But now I have decided that I no longer will use either of those expressions in the future. When I have the need to express those feelings, I will use the word “Obama” !!!.

    Let me use it in a sentence. “That is just a bunch of Obama” !!!.

    I encourage you to do the same. It is such a good word. It really packs a lot of punch.

    We are no longer being vulgar and it clearly expresses our feelings. If enough of us use it, possibly we can get the word in the dictionary. And that would be an excellent legacy for the President Elect.

    Monday, December 8, 2008 at 11:34 pm | Permalink
  4. Maybe we should rename “Bull Sh**” – or “BS”: “Len B.”

    “You expect me to believe that? That is just a bunch of ‘Len B.’!”

    Yep, it rings a lot truer than “Obama”…

    Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 1:00 pm | Permalink
  5. Mark wrote:

    This site has to be a joke, right? Bash Bush and or Republicans. Let’s see… When have you gotten a real job working for a poor person? (Of course give the rich a tax cut. They pay a hell of a lot of taxes as it is. And don’t give me the “Oh, they write it off.” crap.)

    Obama says he’s gonna give the “small business people” a cut in there capital gains taxes. Most if not all, small business people don’t pay capital gains taxes.

    Environmentally sensitive areas for drilling oil? Come on, what’s not an “environmentally sensitive area”? And besides that the only place where congress would allow them to drill. Not the areas know to have plenty of oil. Oh, and tell us how much oil has been spilled in the waters lately? Not much.

    So you must be on the side of tax the oil company also. You think their profits are too big. I hope you look at their profit margin. Not just profits.

    I do agree on your thinking “the media gets it wrong”.
    Mass media is as bad as the internet on give misiformation.

    Monday, December 29, 2008 at 5:55 pm | Permalink
  6. Iron Knee wrote:

    I’m cracking up laughing about Mark’s comment. This is another example of how everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts. For example, oil was spilled during the recent hurricane Gustav (not to mention Katrina and other hurricanes). Just because the media ignores it, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Second, I happen to be something of an expert on small businesses, and Mark’s statement that small business people don’t pay capital gains taxes is beyond wrong. The rest of his comment isn’t worth disagreeing with. Where do people get such misinformation (Limbaugh? Coulter?) and why do they repeat it like idiots?

    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 9:56 am | Permalink
  7. Dick wrote:

    “Never mind that there is so little oil there it will make very little difference in oil prices, and not for at least 10 years, if ever.” ever hear of supply and demand? Econ 201 where I went to school. that’s teh same excuse BJ Bill Clinton used to veto drilling in Alaska – ‘it won’t be ready for 5 – 10 years. hey – let’s stop all research & investment, if it won’t be ready immediately.

    “jeopardizes the environment for almost no economic benefit (but benefits oil companies).” hey Iron Head, how do you get to work? go shopping? eat out? ride a bike everywhere? drive or fly on a vacation last year? instead of penalizing oil companies for providing a needed product, raise the tax on gas so users pay their share.

    Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Permalink