Unemployment benefits and the stimulus package

Rush to Reason, by Dave Rush

A couple of thoughts on the passing of history.

I have come up with what I think is a novel idea (although being in a remote section of the country may have caused me to miss someone else’s suggestion along the same lines. If that’s the case, I apologize.)

Congress has finally approved and PresBO has signed into law, another extension of unemployment benefits which will enable millions of jobless Americans put food on their tables, and pay at least some of their necessary expenses.

The President, who once said “lets end the blame game” but never misses a chance to zap Republicans, accused GOP Members of Congress of obstructing a humane action.

Fact is, Republicans, and some Democrats felt there should be corresponding spending cuts to offset the costs, as a more than a decade act of Congress says should accompany such expenditures.

My idea is this, if something of similar nature comes up again in the near future, why don’t the Congress and the President use common sense and take some the 400 Billion bucks remaining in the Stimulus Package, and use that money.

That way, current budgetary matters would be left alone, and unemployed workers would be pumping the funds back into the economy. Oops, a contradiction in terms. Congress, the President and Common Sense. I apologize for that.

Unrelated is the Sharrod controversy, which has been whipped to death.

I won’t bore you with the same story about the Ag Department employee.

Rather, I’ll focus in on one Bill O’reilly of Fox News. Mr. O’reilly, as did others, took the initial story out of context, not necessarily their fault, but it happened. And we all know the Ag Secretary and PresBO, apologized and offered her a better job.

As far as I know, most other media types who committed the same sin of omission apologized to Ms. Sharrod. Mr. O’reilly doesn’t want to let it go, and in fact is taking it to the extreme. Leftists accused FOX News and the Tea Party of fomenting racial hatred by the way the story was handled. My feeling is that is far from the truth, but typical nonetheless. Mr. O’reilly is not so concerned about the events than he is that the Liberal Media don’t like him, and should apologize for criticizing him.

Two things underscore the fallacy of Mr. O’reilly’s whining. One is that if he were not such an Egotistal Personality, his position would be “who cares?”. But he not only has been reading his press releases but believing them. My thought is “Grow up Mr. O’reilly, you’re no longer in the second grade!”.

Secondly, Mr. O’reilly would have us believe Fox News is Bill O’reilly. In reality, his contribution is two hours (one hour a taped replay) in a 24 hour news service. As an experienced Journalist, I see a balance in Fox’s newscasts. The talk shows are conservative to right wing, but there is an on-off button on the TV if you don’t want to watch the shows. Personally, I watch TV talk shows of both Ilks. I watch Bill O’reilly for about two minutes, until he gets into his self-satisfying complaint “the liberal media doesn’t like me”. Keep it up Mr. O’reilly and you’ll find more than the liberal media and I don’t like you. But as I say, who cares?

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