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Is the Pay of Washington Post Reporters Expensive?

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Friday, 23 August 2013 05:21

I just thought I'd ask since the paper apparently decided to tell readers that the government's health and retirement programs are expensive. This information is given in the context of an article on a plan by House Speaker John Boehner to offer a short-term continuing resolution that will maintain funding for the government into the new fiscal year that begins on October 1.

The article told readers:

"Obama and other Democrats are eager to turn off the sequester and have offered a plan to replace the savings with a mix of tax in­creases and reforms to expensive health and retirement programs."

The piece did not tell readers how it determined that these programs are expensive. They clearly take up a large share of the budget, but that true statement is not well-conveyed by the adjective "expensive."

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written by jamzo, August 23, 2013 8:09
and rather than write that they "clearly take up a large share of the budget" it might be better to report the actual amount as a percentage of the budget and provide the reader with a fact rather than an opinion

a rare your bad dean
Whose line is it anyway?
written by TK421, August 23, 2013 9:38
Just a reminder that the sequester was the Obama administration's idea in the first place:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/2013/03/03/white-house-admits-third-time-president-obama-fibbed-on-sequester/
It Says A Lot
written by Jeffrey Stewart, August 23, 2013 10:08
"Obama and other Democrats are eager to turn off the sequester and have offered a plan to replace the savings with a mix of tax in­creases and reforms to expensive health and retirement programs." -L. Montgomery


First, this means cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits instead of the sequester cuts.

Second, the policies and personnel that President Obama is tenacious about starkly reveal his real political orientation and his character. He repeatedly and continually proposes Social Security and Medicare benefit cuts. If he had the same determination in other areas there would be single payer health insurance, a large enough stimulus and higher tax rates on annual income over $250,000 and so on.

President Obama is a profound disappointment for the working class, poor and elderly.
to wapo reporters...
written by Alex Bollinger, August 23, 2013 10:23
Here "expensive" must mean "costs too much." If one believes that the little people should work until they keel over, then spending anything on their health care or retirement is clearly too much.
wow now health care is not expensive????
written by pete, August 23, 2013 11:13
This is waffling to the max. Health care is really expensive! Maybe they are talking about bringing in more nurses from the Philipines and Nigeria and doctors from Europe where they make far less. Oops, SEIU and AMA would be pissesd at that. But that would clearly drive down health care costs. Or perhaps a Red Cross boat 13 miles offshore where medicaid and medicare patients could be transported to be worked on by cheaper foreign health care professionals. There are crazy talks about landless hi tech places off the coast of california, why not health care too? And of course raising the retirement age and increasing the coverage of the 12.5% flat tax are on the table...these are abrogations of the SS "contract", similar to the 1980s. Similar to Detroit bankruptcy. Sigh....
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written by Ryan, August 23, 2013 11:44
It's also a rather sensitive question to ask these days...

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