Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Thursday, September 02, 2004
I've generally watched both conventions on PBS, since I don't get cable. During the Demo bash, I wanted to hear the speeches and was mostly just irritated at the blather of their talking heads. This time, I was less interested in the speeches, so probably paid more attention to the other stuff, which last night was really deeply lame.
In a long discussion of Ronald Reagan, there was much discussion of his tax cut and, to be fair, of the resulting deficits. What went totally unmentioned was the tax increases that followed. Even though those were the largest tax increases in American history, by far the largest increases on the middle class, they have simply disappeared down the memory hole. Pundits, including so-called liberal pundits, have agreed to repeat the Republican spin line that only Democrats increase taxes.
This was followed by a discussion of Zell Miller, preparatory to his speech, in which the pundits praised his independence. Nobody mentioned the obvious point that Miller isn't a maverick who at times embraces positions of either party, like McCain or Schwarzenegger, but a straight Republican hack who never varies from the party talking points on any subject.
Tonight's chatter has been less egregious, but no more informative.