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Tuesday, September 09, 2003
 
Gregg Easterbrook sees anti-Christian bias in the fact that national media has covered the Ten Commandments controversy in Alabama extensively while largely ignoring the unusual attempt by Governor Riley, a Republican, to introduce sweeping, and quite progressive, changes into Alabama's tax structure.

One wonders if Mr Easterbrook has ever actually read an American newspaper or seen a news broadcast in the last 20 years or so. On the one hand, you have a big hunk of rock surrounded by people screaing, praying, and trying to chain their wheelchairs to it. On the other, you have tax tables which show that the change to assessing property at full market value will be offset by the increased homestead exemption and new farmstead exemption, plus the reduction from 6.5 to 3.5 mils, but with 'current use ' protection for timber holdings of up to 2,000 acres, and did I mention the changes to the utility license and gross receipts taxes? I just can't imagine any possible reason, other than religious bigotry, why news organizations would rather run stories on the rock.

Incidentally, I know that 'old media doesn`t get blogging' is about the tritest, most cliched post topic imaginable, but really: not only do the two TNR blogs not link to non-pro blogs (a trait they share with most pro blogs), they don't even link to each other. At least, unlike Kaus, TNR does know how to do permalinks.



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