KNX 1070 now a GOP tool?

February 7, 2009

I’ve been listening to KNX 1070 radio (CBS affiliate in Los Angeles) for years.

But these last 2 weeks their coverage of the recovery bill has been so slanted and superficial, I barely recognize them.  It’s almost as if they are trying to do their part to obstruct it, or to help Republicans convert it into all tax-cuts.

Night after night I’ve been treated to Mitch McConnell or John McCain saying some nonsense (e.g. “… this is not a stimulus bill, it’s a spending bill”), with no Democrat clips to counter them.  Not Schumer’s excellent

…we tried tax cuts last year.. it was a dud!

or Barney Frank’s

The largest spending bill in history is going to turn out to be the war in Iraq  … And I don’t understand why, from some of my conservative friends, building a road, building a school, helping somebody get health care, that’s — that’s wasteful spending, but that war in Iraq, which is going to cost us over $1 trillion before we’re through — yes, I wish we hadn’t have done that. We’d have been in a lot better shape fiscally.


No tax cut builds a road. No tax cut puts a cop on the street. No tax cut educates a child

or any of the other great quotes from Dems on news shows or during deliberations.

Then Friday on my way home they had that radical Tom McClintock attacking Obama and the bill for two or three minutes, unchallenged.  Some of the misconceptions he was peddling:

  • FDR’s infrastructure spending didn’t help end the Depression.  That has been refuted over and over.
  • Japan’s stimulus package didn’t help them in the nineties:  Sure they made mistakes we can learn from when implementing our plan, but it still saved them from an outright depression, and ultimately their biggest problem was their ‘zombie’ banks not being properly capitalized (which we can also learn from).
  • Deficit spending crowds out private investment and accomplishes nothing: Under normal circumstances, but in a downturn, without confidence, private capital will not be put to work to an extent sufficient to stop the downward spiral of reduced spending > employment > spending.
  • Government doesn’t create jobs: Apparently he hasn’t heard of NASA or the NSF or the Department of Energy.  Anyways, Obama’s approach is to funnel most of the bill’s money through private contracts.

Limbaugh wants Obama to fail.  The cynicism inherent in that statement reflects what he really is: a showman looking for attention.

Never mind his arguments that Democrats may end up with a ‘permanent majority’ like FDR built.  Fixing the country and the Democrats benefiting from it go hand in hand.  You can’t have one without the other.

Wanting the Obama and the Dems to fail is to want the country to fail.  If Rush doesn’t like this he should complain to the one that brought this disaster upon us all: Bush.

We have come to a provervial ‘moment of truth’:  Will conservatives obstruct just to prevent long-term Democratic control, and send the country into disaster?  Or will they accept some blame for the situation we found ourselves in, and give Obama some room to maneuver?

In other words, are conservatives prepared to put country first?