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The Post Helps Obama and Republicans Cover Up on Jobs

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Friday, 27 May 2011 05:37

The headline of the Washington Post article told readers:

"Obama, GOP Turn to Job Growth."

Actually, both plans described in this article would have almost no effect on job growth as almost any economist would have told reporters. This is a cynical effort to pretend to be concerned about job growth by politicians who are not prepared to take any of the steps that actually could lead to more rapid growth.

Reporters are supposed to expose these public relations charades, not act as conduits. That is what the politicians' communications staff are supposed to do.

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written by foosion, May 27, 2011 5:54
both plans described in this article would have almost no effect on job growth

I would have thought the Republican plan to cut spending and use the savings for tax cuts would have a negative effect on job growth.
The Post Helps Obama and Republicans Cover Up on Jobs
written by caseyf5, May 27, 2011 6:19
Hello CEPR,

Reporters sic are not reporters. The have become stenographers. They take the handouts from whomever and regurgitate it mostly verbatim. There are a few reporters left who actually get the information about a story but they are a dying and vanishing breed.
saving Medicare from cuts
written by Jim Kainz, May 27, 2011 6:41
The "secret" $600 trillion Derivatives Market that most Americans have never heard of presents a possibility to pay down the National Debt with no cuts to Medicare. A small transfer fee on these billion dollar contracts would allow us to collect a half trillion dollars per year in addition to other measures we take to reduce the deficit. See How to Pay Off the National Debt by Kainz at amazon or barnesandnoble.com
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written by Ellis, May 27, 2011 9:36
No wonder why no one reads newspapers anymore.
The Republican Plan for Rich People.
written by Joe K, May 27, 2011 9:42
I really don't understand the WP. They never have seemed to understand much about economics but they generally are good at political jargon and labels. For some time Republican leadership has found resistance to continued benefits for their real base, namely rich people. Therefore, they wisely began calling these people job creators (and some of them of course are). The WP knows this so why would they discuss the Republican Plan for Job Creators as a jobs plan when it is clearly only an attempt at further improving after tax income for the well off (or at least protecting the current low tax environment)?

Evidently because they agree with it. Of course suicidal maniacs would also explain it, but ultimately i think they are simply ignorant (consistent with Republican leadership) of the disastrous effects on our society that this plan would have.
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written by Jerry, May 27, 2011 9:56
When I was a local community TV reporter, I was amazed by the egos in my own newsroom. It was not unusual for a reporter who graduated from with a master's in journalism to consider him or her self much smarter and more competent than those of us who had "mere" bachelor's degrees. Yet, they would make glaring reporting errors over and over again. Poor editing? Heck, we didn't even have editors! The corporate managers kept our newsroom chronically understaffed. Dean, I wish we could've had you working for us as an editor. It would have made all of us better reporters. The lousy economic reporting of the Washington Post is -- for me -- just more evidence that the quality of reporting at the big outlets is every bit as poor -- and silly -- as the quality of reporting at local TV stations in relatively small cities. Journalism will change, however. Existing business models are no longer viable anyway.
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written by S.D. Jeffries, May 27, 2011 11:15
The Republican "job creation" plan, now up in .pdf form on Eric Cantor's website - 10 pages of oversized type with enormous, nonsensical pictures(!) and no numbers - is just Paul Ryan's plan writ large (literally) minus Medicare privatization. No matter how much lipstick they glob onto this pig, it's still a pig that squeals when anyone tries to tie it down. It's a recipe for even higher unemployment and long-range economic disaster. I don't know what's more important to congressional Republicans - Obama's reelection failure or their own dogma. It's certainly not the economic health of the nation.
The Fourth Reich
written by american victim, May 27, 2011 12:16
A fourth reich Goebbels would be proud of.

Congratulations, WaPo, you made propagandist of the year!
Quiet Desperation Class Expands
written by Union Member, May 27, 2011 4:37

The bitter truth is that the majority of those unemployed or foreclosed upon probably voted for Obama, and now they have no one to turn to; and, more importantly, because of the Rodeo Clown/Rapture Journalism of our media they may not realize that there has been much that the President could've done to either avoid their hardship or lessen its impact on them. And that President Obama has turned his back on them, while he has taken care of and protected those who brought this catastrophe down on us.
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written by Fed Up, May 27, 2011 8:27
Are you sure the economy does not need more retirees?

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Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several books, his latest being The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive. Read more about Dean.

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