The Liberal Media:
Covering The Important Stories That Are Vital To Our National
Security And Economic Well-Being
March 27, 2001
By Lane Blake
Our new president and his trainers have been busy these past
few weeks. Aside from uniting the nation, and the monumental
task of restoring honor and dignity to the White House, they've
had some other matters to attend to. Of course you wouldn't
know it by watching the news or reading most papers. It seems
nothing the new president does is considered newsworthy.
The liberal media has been busy reporting every unfounded
allegation against the last person who was actually elected
to the presidency. Meanwhile George "I've only been arrested
three times" Bush and his boss Dick "one more for the road"
Cheney are able to conduct their business in relative obscurity.
The liberal media has been ever vigilant in covering the important
stories that are vital to our national security and economic
well-being, such as where Bill Clinton plays golf, Hillary's
new hairstyle, and, of course, the first and only controversial
pardons any president has ever granted.
It's only understandable that they've been somewhat lax in
their reporting of the less interesting stories. For instance,
it seems that the half-a-dozen real Democrats in Washington
(along with such noted left-wing radicals as Bill Gates Sr.,
and Warren Buffet) have taken it upon themselves to engage
in class warfare.
These people think that giving the wealthiest 1% of the people
43% of the tax cut is unfair. They may have a case because
the 1-percenters currently pay 21% of the taxes. However,
they also have 80% of the money, so while doubling their deserved
tax cut might on the surface seem to have some inequities,
if you look deeper you'll clearly see that it is more than
fair. I'm not quite sure why it's fair, but when a
man as immersed in honor and integrity as George Bush says
so that's good enough for me.
Another one of their pet peeves is the estate tax, aka the
"death tax." They claim that eliminating this tax would have
an adverse effect on charitable donations and that it would
add to the already huge chasm between the haves and have-nots.
Apparently they weren't listening when such pillars of truth
as Bob Novak, Rush Limbaugh, and George Will stated that the
super-wealthy don't give to charities in an effort to avoid
taxes but rather out of a deep rooted sense of compassion.
This compassion is seen in other aspects of their lives as
well. Many of the much maligned 1-percenters go out of their
way to open factories and textile mills in far off regions
of the world where people would otherwise not have an opportunity
to work for thirty cents an hour. While thirty cents doesn't
sound like a lot to us it's thirty cents more than they would
have had, and because they have to work fourteen hours a day
it really starts to add up.
Until they have the cost of company-supplied room and board
deducted and then it's more like thirteen cents an hour, but
still it's slightly better than nothing.
They always make sure that their employees have state-of-the-art
safety equipment available too, as long as they reimburse
the company for it. If they choose to squander their $12.74
pay check rather than buy the safety equipment, well whose
fault is that?
As if providing economic development to these third world
regions weren't enough there's also the intangible benefits
that are garnered. For instance - the pride that you feel
after a hard day's work, the sense of being part of a team
and knowing that the shoes you made might help win an NBA
championship, and most importantly because the philanthropists
do not discriminate against children in their hiring practices.
Twelve-year-olds in Columbia and Guatemala have a demonstratively
stronger work ethic than their American counterparts.
As for the American chasm between the rich and the rest,
well, I think George Will said it best: "Compared to people
in Calcutta the poor in America have it pretty good." So while
we lag far behind most industrialized nations in helping people
escape poverty we're still better than India. At least we've
got that going for us.
Besides trying to get a hugely lopsided tax plan pushed through,
the Diabolical Duo have done a few other favors for their
friends. Last week President Bush signed an executive order
outlawing project labor agreements on any construction that
is even partially federally funded. This of course insures
that union contractors can't bid competitively on the work.
So Brown and Root, the worlds largest non-union construction
company (which is a subsidiary of Halliburton Inc.) will be
able to aquire the lion's share of federal civilian construction
projects. They already have a large percentage of military
construction thanks to former Secretary of Defense Cheney.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Halliburton Inc.,
that's the company Dick Cheney worked for as CEO until last
July when he quit and was awarded a $34 million severance
package. I'm sure there was no quid pro quo involved or the
liberal media would have told us about it, and Dan Burton
would be holding hearings already.
Finally, of course, there's the little joyride that some
of Bush's oil buddies and Republican donors took on a submarine,
accidentally killing some kids. For some reason the media
doesn't seem to care much about that either, but I'm sure
if it had been Bill Clinton's friends at the helm the liberal
media would have given him a pass too.