Audacity of Numbers

May 7, 2009 at 6:02 pm (National Debt)

Let’s say you are the puppet, er, leader of the world’s most powerful nation.  And let’s say that nation will pull in, if everything goes well, close to $2 trillion over the next year.  And let’s say, for whatever reason, you decide to spend $3.4 trillion over that same time period.  Then, on top of that, just because you’re a nice guy, you decide to spend another $63 billion over the next few years on people that aren’t even part of your nation.

Then, for the sake of argument, you somehow absurdly claim with a straight face that you are making the hard choices and saving $17 billion in the midst of this.  Do the supposed independent newspapers, who are now in need of a government bailout (which, by the way, is supported by politicians who are concerned about the loss of “independent reporting”) call you on your ridiculous hypocrisy and mock you endlessly like truly independent media should?

No.  Instead, they give you a platform to say:

“We can no longer afford to spend as if deficits don’t matter and waste is not our problem.  We can no longer afford to leave the hard choices for the next budget, the next administration — or the next generation.” Obama 5/7/09

I guess all that talk about audacity wasn’t mere imagery.  The truly independent oversight, commentary, and investigation nowadays comes from blogs, not the mainstream media.  Of course, media moguls like Rupert Murdoch don’t like that much, and are hinting that the days of uncontrolled, unfiltered, free internet are numbered.  And they might be right.

Today’s article of doom: thanks a lot, Congress, for supporting the fascist Bush-era Patriot Act.  It helped imprison this 16 year old boy with no due process whose IP number was likely spoofed.  Way to make the country safer.


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