published Monday, May 12th, 2014

Eye On The Left: Rahm, Hillary and the young's buyer's remorse

Emanuel Wearing On Windy City?

Chicagoans may have broken off their love affair with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama who left the office to run for mayor of the country's second-largest city, according to the Weekly Standard. According to Chicago Tribune editorial writer Kristen McQueary, the man the city picked was arrogant but accomplished things. The one-time congressman was a tail-kicker but got results. He was a strutter, a finger-pointer and swore like a sailor, but the residents loved it. Now, she says, the emperor seems to have lost his clothes. McQueary says his arrogance is oversized for the record he has amassed, he's beyond bossy and he's a walking personality disorder. Beyond the personal, he hasn't done much to curb the city's debt problem, hasn't solved its pension problem, hasn't implemented campaign promises on education, hasn't solved the "cancerous gang activity and crime" in various parts of the city, and has spent a lot of time out of the city. "A little humility would go a long way," McQueary wrote. "Voters will tolerate a control freak. They'll put up with bossy. But an elitist whose swagger doesn't match his triumphs? That's a bright line drawn."

Hillary And Guns

Her followup address on solutions to the problem will be most interesting to hear, but President-in-waiting Hillary Clinton drew a fairly clear line on guns at a National Council for Behavioral Health Conference last week, saying that "fully licensed" and "fully validated" gun owners cannot be trusted to make sound decisions regarding gun usage. "At the rate we're going," she was quoted by Politico, "we're going to have so many people with guns everywhere, fully licensed, fully validated, in settings where [one] could be in a movie theater, and they don't like someone chewing gum loudly or talking on their cellphone and decide they have the perfect right to defend themselves against the gun chewer or cellphone user by shooting." Of course, there are laws that prohibit people from "defend[ing] themselves" in that way, but she didn't mention that. So how, in fact, she'd like to get the guns out of the hands of licensed, validated owners should make for good political theater.

How Do You Like Him Now?

The labor force participation rate in April for young adults ages 25-29, a category that overwhelming voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, is now at a record low. The annual Young America's Foundation Youth Misery Index, which adds youth unemployment, average graduating student debt and national debt per capita, indicates that no time in recent history have the statistical odds been so stacked against the age group, according to Last month, 4.3 million young people ages 25-29 weren't working, a number which has gone up 13.6 percent under Obama. Couple that with a record average graduating student debt of $29,400 and each individual's $54,483 share of the national debt, and you begin to see how many youth in the age group have buyer's remorse over their most recent election selection.

Our 'Independent' Press

Four times as many journalists identify themselves as Democrats as those who identify themselves as Republicans, according to a new study by Indiana University. However, for the first time in the study's history, more journalists identified themselves as independents than either Democrats or Republicans, according to the Washington Post. Which, likely, is the journalists' way of saying, "I'm not going to answer that question truthfully, because we're tired of the studies that show we're as biased as we really are." For the record, 50.2 percent of respondents self-identified as independents, 28.1 percent as Democrats and 7.1 percent as Republicans. Curiously, a record 14.6 percent self-identified as "other." It would be interesting to hear a little more about the "other's" identity. The study also indicated nearly 60 percent of the journalists thought their profession was heading in the wrong direction.

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LibDem said...


To insure an unbiased press, it's important to make sure journalists are split 50-50 between flat-earthers and round-earthers. Unfortunately, the flat-earthers sometimes forget their crayons.

May 12, 2014 at 7:59 a.m.
conservative said...

99% of the 50.2% who identified themselves as "independent" vote Demoncrat.

May 12, 2014 at 9:07 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

In talking about the media, other than Fox and MSNBC, it's impossible to say whether it is liberally or conservatively biased, and actually it's irrelevant. The only thing we can say for certain is that we have a "corporate-owned" media, and corporations by their very nature being conservative, the logical assumption is that media in general would tend toward being conservative rather than liberal, regardless of how many journalists claim to be liberal. The bottom line for them is that they all want maximum viewership, which means increased profits, and they will do whatever they think is in their best interest in that regard, liberalism or conservatism be damned. We no longer have a purely objective, above-board media, but it is profit driven, not ideology driven.

For years now we have heard the term "liberal media" so often from conservatives that most people have come to believe the lie, hook-line-and-sinker. And it IS a lie. Sure, MSNBC obviously favors the liberal point of view, just as Fox by all means favors the conservative, but the other major news networks are no more liberal than conservative; it's purely in the eyes of the beholder how they view them. Most of them report the news matter-of-factly, dryly, boringly, and conservatives see a liberal slant only because, as Stephen Colbert cynically but truthfully stated, "To conservatives, reality is liberally biased" (not a word-for-word quote).

I remember the run-up to the Iraq war. There was no dissent allowed whatsoever on any of the news networks - not even MSNBC. Phil Donohue had a show on MSNBC at the time and he was the lone voice of dissent, speaking out loudly and clearly against the war. His show was promptly cancelled and he was given his marching orders. When it comes to war, something that corporations tend to be FOR in all cases, one can see the true colors of the media, exactly which way it leans, and it is nowhere near the liberal way.

May 12, 2014 at 2:58 p.m.
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