And on the subject of economics, their perspective is from the perch of the upper class, particularly those media celebrities who pretend they are men and women of the people, but who aren't good enough actors to hide that they don't want to see their taxes go up under the Obama budget.Gee, ya think?Barack Obama has proposed a budget that, among other things, would reduce taxes on over 90 percent of the population and increase taxes on around 2 percent of the population. Flipping through the Sunday talk shows, it’s striking to see how uniformly wealthy media celebrities think it makes sense to characterize this is a “tax increase” or “raising taxes” and to leap immediately to a discussion of what the impact of these “higher taxes” will be. I think that the majority of people whose taxes are set to go down might be more interested in learning about the impact of lower taxes.
As Sean Quinn noted one reporter saying after the briefing, "Did you notice all the questions about taxes came from reporters making over $250,000 a year, especially the TV guys?"In droves, even. And, considering Obama's popularity keeps increasing, I do believe everyone's still happy with Obama's plans, except for those poor dears who will be thrown into poverty because they're paying a few extra percentage points' worth of taxes on their already obscene salaries.
Jamison Foser tackled this today, especially the way in which the media acted like this was a brand new idea and not a central part of the President's campaign platform:What sparked this sudden concern about "class warfare"? President Obama indicated that in order to fund things like health care, the very wealthiest Americans (individuals who make more than $200,000 and families making more than $250,000) might have to pay slightly more in taxes, via the expiration of President Bush's tax cuts for those earners. Under this plan, the wealthiest Americans (again, those making more than $200,000) would be subject to the same income tax rate they paid in the 1990s -- when, it should be remembered, the rich got richer and the economy did quite well.
If this plan -- raising taxes slightly on people who make more than $200,000 a year in order to pay for things like health care for people who don't -- sounds familiar, it's because Obama campaigned on it for roughly two years. Conservatives, amplified by the news media, ridiculed it with labels like "socialism" and "class warfare" and used all kinds of scary rhetoric. And the American people voted for it anyway.
The vast majority of our nation's media is about as ridiculous as the Republicon party. And it wouldn't surprise me a bit if they became just as irrelevant.