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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 clich├ęs 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.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Barack Obama to Congressional Republicans, September, 2011:

"Put country before party."

Barack Obama, three months later:

Do whatever you want with the country.  I'm going to party.

And off to sunny Hawaii he goes.

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* It's worth noting that this 17-day vacation in Hawaii comes just four months after Obama's 10-day fling on Martha's Vineyard.  Sandwiched in between was his call for "country before partying your brains out."  

** To show how sensitive to the plight of the average American our president is, the White House has posted this statement on its official website:

"Year after year, President Obama understands that a Hawaii vacation is out of reach for most Americans. Which is why in a spirit of openness and transparency, the White House has decided to share his annual Hawaii vacation experience with the American People."

Gee.  Thanks.  Do we get a t-shirt with that?

Why Voting Matters

Memo to America's "independent" voters: Sitting on your ass on election day, or deciding who to vote for based on some hang-up you have with skin color, gets people who are more than willing to alter your way of life whether you like it or not appointed to positions where they can do just that.

Meet Caitlin Halligan.

Just don't make the same mistake again in 2012.


Why The 'Occupy' Movement Was Doomed From The Start

Deutsche Welle:

"As winter sets in and cities across North America clear Occupy protesters from their camps, many wonder what lies ahead for a movement without a geographic base, leaders or concrete demands."

No leadership. No demands. No substance. No direction. No clue.

No success.

No wonder.