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Fox on 15th Editorializes In Its News Section Again

Friday, 24 June 2011 05:11

It is remarkable how the Washington Post (a.k.a. Fox on 15th) cannot write a story on the budget deficit without feeling the need to editorialize. Today's piece referred to the "the swollen national debt."

Real newspapers would have just called it "the national debt." However, the Post could not resist the opportunity to push their editorial line pushing the need for deficit reduction.

Comments (10)Add Comment
Perhaps they meant the swell national debt
written by cemmcs, June 24, 2011 5:30
ya know like, gee, it's swell...
to swill. pp=swollen
written by Joe K, June 24, 2011 6:01
Nice thought cemmcs. But I think they are referring to those who have been swilling too much of the deficit elixir.
Don't worry
written by Lord, June 24, 2011 7:33
Come the next Republican administration, it will be, deficit?, what deficit? They like to cover both sides, just sequentially.
psych 101
written by frankenduf, June 24, 2011 7:57
it's freudian, stupid
written by Sherparick, June 24, 2011 8:05
It is somewhat amazing besides the housing bubble, the WaPo Ivy school editors have never heard of the "business cycle" and that Government revenues decline and expenses increase during the down periods regardless of any specific policy decision by the Government of the day, resulting in a "deficit." The stupid burns.
written by Dick C, June 24, 2011 8:34
It's really sad to see haw far the Washington Post has fallen. I have almost stopped looking at it because I'm not sure what can be trusted. The bizarre stances on the editorial pages were what did it for me, but the average person is going to assume the same twists will be found throughout throughout the paper. Are they actually trying to steal readers from the Washington Times?
"steal readers from the Washington Times?"
written by paul, June 24, 2011 9:02
No, the WaPo has lowered the bar much more than that. They are going for the Washington Examiner readership so they have to reach a whole new level of bizarre lunacy.
The Dictionary is a remarkable thing
written by rob, June 24, 2011 9:26
Swollen - past participle of swell: to expand gradually beyond a normal or original limit.

Gee, the Washington Post really made a editorial leap with this one. You must be joking.
written by AndrewDover, June 24, 2011 3:03
Rather than quibbling about "swollen", focus on what caused the swelling:


The interesting thing is a huge chunk of the the stimulus was also tax cuts.

And that it seems nobody voted against all causes: wars, stimulus, and tax cuts.
Government as a business
written by Jeff Z, June 24, 2011 9:26
Run the government as a business! Make a clear distinction between current spending and investment spending! Or current vs. capital spending!

Nope - cant do that. That would make . . . sense!

In any event, such a move would prompt a more honest discussion.

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