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No real difference between FOX, CNN

In media on December 8, 2009 at 2:19 am

Conservatives watch FOX News and liberals watch MSNBC and CNN, right? And when asked, both sides will tell you their network is fair, balanced and, most importantly, reality. The ceaseless whining by those on the right about the “liberal media” is exhausting. And liberals’ preoccupation with FOX opinion is equally annoying. When will both sides realize that the mass media is, well, one big mass?

Remember those mysterious weapons of mass destruction? Whether or not they existed is still debated today. However, if you were watching FOX, CNN, or MSNBC pre-Iraq war, it seemed almost certain Saddam possessed them. The media, like the war propaganda films of old, played a vital role in rallying the support of the American people. Every time you turned on your TV, the media’s obsession with the alleged weapons was right there in your face.

Currently, the media is preoccupied with the affairs of a certain golfer. A man cheating on his wife — now thats news. Notice both “liberal” and “conservative” networks are exhaustedly covering the irrelevant story.

So for those viewers out there loyally clinging to their network of choice, remember: When it really counts, when lives are on the line or another celebrity is caught driving drunk, even the mainstream media practices bipartisan politics.

Funding war; should the taxpayers pay?

In foreign policy, war and peace on December 1, 2009 at 2:16 am

“The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” –Thomas Jefferson

Today President Obama will detail his plan for a new policy in Afghanistan — part of which includes a large troop increase.

The hefty price tag accompanying Obama’s expanded war effort has caused some top Democrats to suggest a surtax to pay for the war. After all, Americans will be footing the cost of the healthcare reform bill, why not the wars’ expenses  also?

Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.) is one such Democrat. He is proposing a graduated surtax mainly burdening America’s wealthy. The tax would start at 1 percent for low-income earners and rise to 5 percent for high-income earners.

While I disagree with Obey’s graduated tax I applaud his efforts to bring financial sanity to Washington D.C. Both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars have thus far been funded by incurring debt through the borrowing and printing of money. The ramifications of such damaging policy are not felt until much later.

If Americans are to continue to support this war effort, they should at least be willing to pay for it. Burdening future generations with the debt of our wars is not only un-Constitutional, it’s immoral.