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StarTribune’s Hatchet Job

If anyone is looking for more examples of state-run media duplicity, I was a victim of the leftist machine.  I wrote a letter to the editor, having posted the same letter as a blog here, to the StarTribune.  The thrust of my argument is that the president is, in effect, admitting he and his party are incapable of making the necessary decisions about the deficit.  The evidence for this is his creation of a commission to do the necessary work. 

Of course, th DFL (Democratic Farmer-Labor) Party’s control of the newspaper required they do a hatchet job on my letter.  They would argue the letter was too long to be printed in its entirety.  But, if you are going to print a letter wouldn’t you at least include the essence of the argument?  Well, not if the argument is against your political agenda you wouldn’t.  This is further evidenced by the fact the entire letter could have been posted on the StarTribune website at no additional cost whatsoever.  It was not. 

I was not going to let them make me look like a complete fool so I posted my main argument in the comments section.  But, here is the job they did on my viewpoint.

TACKLING THE DEFICIT

Isn’t that supposed to be the president’s job?

President Obama has created a panel to look into ways to cut the deficit. The panel is supposed to put politics aside and find ways to trim the red ink.

Of course, this commission was created for the sole purpose of insulating him from the inevitable conclusions — cut spending and raise taxes. He thinks he’s pulling a fast one on the American people.

We should really raise the roof because he’s completely abdicating government’s responsibility on this matter. He is, in fact, outsourcing the work of Congress.

 

First of all, the title of the letter is “Outsourced Government.  It is certainly not the president’s job to pass a budget.  The president presents the budget; Congress then passes legislation that includes the administration priorities or not.  A comment poster mockingly pointed this out before I pasted more of my letter in the comments section showing the newspaper’s hacking of the piece. 

Even in the botched first paragraph, they had to excise my reference to this commission as based on the military base closing panel.  I assume it is because it makes the letter writer appear informed.  They certainly couldn’t have someone informed opposing their Dear Leader.  It looks bad. 

I knew this would probably happen.  I’m no dew-eyed virgin trembling with indignation.  Rather, it is a great example of what the left will do to dissent.  If they can’t silence it, they mock it.  If that doesn’t work, they reframe it.  If that doesn’t work, they will just plain twist your own words against you.  That is the people we are battling against, deceivers of the first order.

Here is the letter as I submitted it. 

Outsourced Government

President Obama has created a panel to look into ways to cut the deficits he’s assumed and augmented.  This panel, based on the military base closing commission, is supposed to put politics aside and find ways to trim the red ink.  Of course, this commission was created for the sole purpose of insulating him from the inevitable conclusions; cut spending and raise taxes.  He thinks he’s pulling a fast one on the American people.  But, we should really raise the roof because he’s completely abdicating government’s responsibility in this matter.  He is, in fact, outsourcing the work of Congress.

We have a democratically republican system of government.  The populace votes representatives to do their collective work for them.  The president, elected by all the citizens, is supposed to create a budget for the good of the whole country.  Congress is supposed to argue, debate, and decide from what parts of the economy the revenues will flow and to what areas these funds will be allocated.  That is the single most important role for Congress.  In our system of checks and balances, the power of the purse is Congress’ most potent.

Barack Obama is seeking to circumvent that political process through this commission.  He hopes the commission will come back with both spending cuts that will hurt and tax increases he favors.  He will promptly dismiss the spending cuts and immediately press Congress to rubber stamp the tax increases.  He will use the commission report as a kind of bludgeon to ‘force’ the representatives to enact his will.  This is insane.

If the president wants to do his job properly, he should have sent a responsible budget in the first place.  Having nonelected officials carry his water is ridiculous.  He is, in fact, making the case that he and his party are irresponsible spendthrifts who do not have the intestinal fortitude to make wise, sane decisions.  Instead, he is blaming the ’system’ for his and his party’s inability to say ‘no’ to their partisans. 

It’s not the system that’s broke, Mr. President, it’s your party.  If they cannot act responsibly and reasonably while doing their most important business, collecting and allocating money, then they need to be shown the door.  Obama is really telling the American people that he and his party are nothing but spineless hacks that cannot govern and cannot make hard choices.  They are worthless.

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