Tuesday, July 26, 2011

It's a trap!

This morning on the bus, I picked up a copy of the Washington Examiner (a free conservative local paper) that had been left on my seat.

On page 2, there is an editorial saying that the "debt-ceiling debate" "misses the larger point", because it doesn't address the long-term debt.  The editorial praises the Cut, Cap and Balance Act, "a concrete plan for avoiding default, getting federal spending under control and putting the federal government on the road to a permanent spending, taxes and debt settlement," [serial commas missing in original!] and attacks President Obama and the Democrats for "keeping the federal spending spigot wide open."

On page 4, there is an article with the lede "A new study shows Maryland's unemployment rate would nearly double ... if federal spending is cut by 22 percent as recommended by President Obama's deficit commission."

This is a preview of what the 2012 election will look like.


  1. I fear that Obama and the Democrats will take the bait on page 2, even though most voters will be reading page 4.

  2. That's why I'm voting Admiral Ackbar in 2012!

  3. I think journalistic style (AP style) recommends against the serial comma. They're saving space.

    I (also) think Obama's lucky that the Repubs are just bat-shit crazy these days. Some of the wall-street money should prefer to have a more rational, i.e., influencable or purchasable, party in power, and that should/could help him in '12.