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NPR Joins the Tea Party!!!!!

Thursday, 19 August 2010 05:03
In Morning Edition's top of the hour news segment, Carol Van Dam described federal deficits as "out of control." Serious news organizations leave such comments for the editorial section. This is an especially bizarre comment since people with familiar with economics would likely argue that current deficits are too small given the falloff in private sector spending associated with the collapse of the housing bubble.
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written by Shane Taylor, August 19, 2010 7:15
As they aren't interested in perspective, perhaps every call by NPR to close the deficit should be answered with a call to close the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. There is a mandate to serve the public interest, but NPR chooses to do otherwise. Why not hold them accountable?
written by izzatzo, August 19, 2010 7:28
Three crash investigators were sent to investigate a bus crash with many serious injuries and fatalities: A conservative, a liberal and a teabagger.

Conservative: Regulations necessary to prevent the crash were already on the books. The problem is no one was enforcing them. The bus went out of control and crashed.

Liberal: The unbalanced bus had multiple design problems, swerved to avoid oncoming drivers in the wrong lane, flipped over a guard rail and rolled over to stop upside down with no seat belts for passengers. More regulations would have prevented the bus from going out of control.

Teabagger: I've been studying the crash of the economy for two years now and I'm certain why the bus went out of control.

Not only did too many regulations interfere with the freedom to drive safely, the bus driver is an immigrant with no birth certificate who took an American job then forced all the passengers to put their carry-on guns in the baggage compartment, even though they were headed to a national park for a Want-To-See-My-Piece party.

Because the passengers could not defend themselves with their Second Amendment rights and take out the reckless drivers that caused the bus to swerve, the bus went of control, the same way the deficit did right after Obama came into office. The bus crash was caused by the bus driver the same way the deficit was caused by Obama.
what is the new normal?, Low-rated comment [Show]
yin or yang
written by diesel, August 19, 2010 9:09
what's the difference between overcapacity and underdemand?
The deficit IS out of control!
written by Paul, August 19, 2010 10:44
Because the economy is under-performing, tax revenues are deficient and "relief" spending is soaring. If the economy were performing properly with appropriate aggregate demand, the deficit would be well controlled.

I am certain that Carol was referencing just this situation because nobody on NPR would say something as stupid as the Teabaggers.
CBO confirms my take
written by scott, August 19, 2010 7:56

The study says that Obama's proposal of letting the tax breaks remain for the $200k and under crowd would bring an extra 1% to GDP, but these gains would be offset by the attendant consequences of debt within 5 years. So, we are up against a wall with no room to maneuver. We can continue to borrow but it will leave us strapped later. Because we can borrow today doesn't mean we'll be able to tomorrow. We need to balance the budget promptly. I understand that currently the gov't sector is the principle source of jobs. We're up against it, you're whistling past the collections agency or graveyard
written by lonely_liberal, August 20, 2010 12:26
the npr i grew up listening to no longer exists. its not corporate-sponsored radio.
Keyensianism Doesn't Work
written by Steph, August 21, 2010 11:00
How many times does this strategy have to fail before government and people get it? And ah yes....liberals, those who brought us 'healthcare reform' claiming it would help the 'little guy' by bringing down costs. That's why my insurance has gone up 20% since it was past and why the Democrats themselves have now had to admit that not only will healthcare drive costs up for individuals, it's gonig to cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars (that we don't have). Don't believe me? Read it from the Dem's themselves. http://www.politico.com/static/PPM153_pp.html

Government doesn't HAVE any money - it all belongs to We The People and I damn well can spend my money on things that help ME and my family a lot better than they can.
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