Despite a quickly approaching and crucial deadline to raise the debt ceiling, Republicans are holding the Democrats and the American people hostage by rejecting any plan that increases federal revenue. Despite the fact that Barack Obama has proposed previously unthinkable cuts to Social Security and Medicare spending in an effort to appease Republicans, the GOP isn't backing down. As a result, many media outlets are focussing on the drama of the Republican gridlock, rather than on the fourteen million unemployed who are in danger of losing essential benefits.
The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel joined former Newt Gingrich press secretary Tony Blankley on CNN's Reliable Sources yesterday to stress just how important this budget debate really is. If we analyze the historical effects of raising taxes and cutting spending, vanden Heuvel says, we can shift the debate from one centered around Washington's debt crisis toward one that looks at the full picture of America's jobs crisis.
I started posting on HowieinSeattle in 11/04, following progressive American politics in the spirit of Howard Dean's effort to "Take Our Country Back." I decided to follow my heart and posted on seattleforbarackobama from 2/07 to 11/08.--"Howie Martin is the Abe Linkin' of progressive Seattle."--Michael Hood.
Monday, July 11, 2011
"Katrina vanden Heuvel: Is the Media Misleading Americans on the Debt Ceiling Debate?" (with video)
Anna Lekas Miller (The Nation), with video from CNN:
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