Friday, April 16, 2010

Obama v. the Tea Party;

Hello. Happy Friday to everyone!
Well, not too much going on.
I liked the fact that Obama asked for a "thank you" from angry, anti-tax Tea Party protesters yesterday. While I'm sure the president's comments will drive a lot of people in the Tea Party crowd crazy (or maybe, crazier), Obama had a legitimate point to make- federal taxes were reduced by $173 billion in 2009, the average federal income refund was about 10% higher this year than last year, and Obama has not increased the federal income tax on anyone making less than $250,000 a year since he took office. Nonetheless, Tea Party activists across the country held rallies yesterday with a key part of their message being an expression of anger toward President Obama, attempting to paint him as an out of control tax and spend president.
By the way-the Fox News coverage of the president's remarks? All it mentioned was that the president had asked for a thank you from the Tea Party (although the headline on the main Fox page said that the president "hit at" the tea party, and the headline on the actual article said he took a jab at them) and said that the president made reference to numerous tax cuts which had been "pushed" by his administration- a piece of coverage which omitted any details about the fact that taxes actually have been lower for most Americans under Obama thus far.
The Fox article also tried to make a point of contrasting the president's call for bipartisanship with his supposedly incongruous "jabs" at the Tea Party (so, I guess, the only way to foster bipartisanship is to signal silent agreement with the people who are protesting against you for things you haven't done?).
Ugggh.... Fox News, you are just so, so lame.

Well, I don't have much else, I guess. I hope everyone has a good weekend! The posting has been a little lame this week, but I've been pretty busy. Maybe it'll be better next week...

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