Tune into local Houston stations KTRH or KPRC lately and you will hear the personalities crying about the national deficit or debt. (The two are very different, but I have given up on trying to argue that, just like I have given up trying to explain the difference between economic vs. political ways to organize a state, i.e. the the socialist vs. democracy argument yadda yadda yadda).
According to Pat Shinn on KTRH this afternoon — the U.S. ranks 6th in debt to GDP ratio within the G8. Sure there are ongoing talks with the Chinese (who manipulate their currency to keep their deficit where it is and you all who buy shit without looking where it is made contribute to it), but there are other countries — not Canada — that are in worse shit than we are.
Will this fact make any difference in the ongoing debate about the deficit/debt? No. Just like no one in the media — including every last person (except Pat Shinn) at KTRH and KPRC — will ever acknowledge that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — the most costly parts — were kept off the books until President Obama made the biggest transparency move of all: putting the wars on the the books. No one will ever acknowledge that — especially at KTRH or KPRC.
Please look at Beck’s website. The seed conspiracy is more of a dupe/snake oil thing than the ‘buy gold’ thing, but there it is. And it’s all under KTRH’s URL. It’s all entertainment, right? Beck is also planning an event on August 28th this year. He’s calling it, “Restoring Honor.” But look closer and you will see that Beck gets his chunk of change before anything goes to the charity,
All contributions made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) will first be applied to the costs of the Restoring Honor Rally taking place on August 28, 2010.
How charitable of the clearly well-compensated Beck. It’s much like Hannity’s self promotion concerts.
And we go along and think this is discourse or something. I never thought I would say it, but I hope AM radio dies — and soon.
In the meantime, President Obama has John Walsh on his team at this point. Walsh even acknowledged — actually praised the pres for getting it passed — that the stimulus bill kept law enforcement officers employed.