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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Roanoke Times Columnist Clueless As Ever

I often wonder if the Times's ... deepest thinker ... Dan Casey spits out the clichés without ever actually examining them.

See "Roanoke occupiers rally against Big Clout" for a slew of them.

My personal favorite?

"Big Clout spends millions a year on politicians who work to destroy unions, roll back clean air and water regulations, slash taxes on the rich and 'reform' (that means cut) social programs for society's disadvantaged."

Reads well.

If you're from another planet.


If "Big Clout" had any clout, why were those unions that they "spend millions" working "to destroy" able to spend millions electing the most union-friendly president this country has ever known?

See "Public-Employees Union Now Leads All Groups in Independent Election Outlays." The money quote: "We're the big dog," said Larry Scanlon, the head of AFSCME's political operations. "But we don't like to brag."

If "Big Clout" had any clout, why is its effort to "roll back clean air and water regulations" being swamped by new EPA clean air and water regulations?

See "Democratic Senator: Environmental Protection Agency Out of Control."

If "Big Clout" had any clout, what with its effort to "slash taxes," why are "the rich" paying most of the taxes in this country?

If "Big Clout" had any clout, and thought it proper to "cut social programs for society's disadvantaged," why are the rich paying for more social welfare than at any time in the history of the planet?

See "Anti-poverty spending is at record levels. The rich are shouldering more of the tax burden than ever. The federal budget is more redistributive than ever."

See "Food stamp use rises to record 45.8 million."

If "Big Clout" had any clout, why hasn't it acquired the Roanoke Times and sent every one of its moronic columnists out into the real world where they might - just might - obtain a clue?

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Update 12.07.11.  From the comments:
"...cut) social programs for society's disadvantaged."

Yes, we're all still waiting for the Roanoke Times to offer free health care to its newspaper carriers. Carriers are treated like serfs. They burn tons of gasoline (at increasing prices) in their beat-up old cars, getting up at 1 am and driving over dangerous and dark roads, just so the princes of the Roanoke Times can sit at warm computer terminals writing about specious enemies like "Big Clout." If Dan Casey had any real concern about the poor, he'd be banging on Debbie Meade's door demanding the paper stop treating carriers like garbage.