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Are Rank and File Democrats in Congress Worried About the "Soaring" National Debt or Getting Votes?

Thursday, 27 May 2010 04:13

The first sentence of a Washington Post article told readers that the Democratic leadership in Congress is scaling back plans to help the jobless and deficit ridden state and local governments because of: "fire from rank-and-file Democrats worried about the soaring national debt." It is not clear how the Post knows the real concerns of these politicians.

A politician's first priority is usually getting re-elected. Politicians who claim to be worried about the "soaring" national debt tend to get favorable mention from news outlets like the Washington Post and the many organizations financed in part or in whole by Wall Street investment banker Peter Peterson. It is not clear how the Post has determined that as a policy question, these rank and file Democrats are really more worried about the deficit than the jobs that will be lost as a result of their efforts at deficit reduction.

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written by izzatzo, May 27, 2010 7:25
WAPO reports not only known knowns, but known unknowns, unknown knowns and unknown unknowns. As a full service newspaper fighting for its life in the internet age, it must be competitive, productive and efficient to demonstrate the highest valued use of reporting resources in a digital eat digital world.

The proof is in the pudding. WAPO survives among the ashes where many have failed, supported by readers who vote with their eyeballs for unbiased news that's at least fit enough to print as the NYT and not vetoed by Pete Peterson.

WAPO is delighted that the NYT will implement pay subscription on the internet and as an expert economic newspaper itself, WAPO eagerly awaits the massive shift of abandoned readers to itself since news, like oil, has become a global commodity available at the lowest unit cost.
The F-15 Watch
written by JHM, May 27, 2010 9:03
I suppose the scribble is more politics than economics, but Fox on 15th Street has outdone itself, I'd say, with "Business can be a force for good" by Matt Miller, http://j.mp/cOi3Wu.

Healthy days.
Astounding Powers
written by Thomas Dooley, May 27, 2010 10:28
It's always a marvel to find reporters such as these who can not only read minds and know the most secret thoughts of people, but they can do it from long distance with people they don't know and never so much as met. Astounding!

Curiously, these same reporters show no such powers with people they are close to and know well. In that case they are like the rest of us and are often puzzled by what their spouses, children, and long time close friends are thinking or why they do and say the things they do.

However, give these reporters a person they don't know, never met, and is thousands of miles away and the mind beams hit them squarely between the eyes and they rush to type up the secrets they've learned. No thoughts, no matter how secret, can be hidden from them. Carnac the Magnificent would be proud.

Oddly, these reporters are more deluded themselves than they are trying to delude us. Many sincerely believe they have such powers and are truly reporting real facts they've discovered.

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