NPR Wakes Up

It’s too early to declare the dumbest headline in 2013 but remember this one when we get to the end of the year.

npr big govt headline

From the NPR story (emphasis mine):

“For years, Democratic politicians have been shy about talking up the virtues of government. It was all the way back in 1996 that President Bill Clinton declared “the era of big government is over.”

“That may have changed with President Obama’s second inaugural address. Obama declared that only through government and “collective action” can the nation achieve its full promise.”

“The president was willing to make the case for government being one component that helps our economy,” says former Virginia Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello. “That’s something you haven’t heard much over the past generation or so.”

Has NPR and Representative Tom Perriello been asleep for the past 4 years?  Did they forget about Obama’s statement to private business owners that “They didn’t build that?”

Have they forgotten about Obamacare, the NLRB holding businesses hostage until they gave in to Union demands, The FDA shaking down medical device companies or the EEOC forcing companies to hire people without a high school education?

Even the Left leaning Economist magazine had an article last year showing how over regulation was interfering with the Free Market in the US.

Let’s take a look at the Federal Government spending since 1969.

actual spending

See that upward trend with a step function increase under Obama?  I guess NPR missed that one.

Let’s take a look at the average deficit to GDP ratio since 1980.

avg deficit vs gdp

See that spike up during Obama’s first term as President?  Did NPR miss this one too?

It’s great that the Leftist media ignored the over regulation and expansion of the Federal Government during Obama’s first term but now they are suddenly realizing that Obama is just a tax and spend Liberal.

Shocker!

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3 Responses to NPR Wakes Up

  1. Good post, Cosmo. Gotta LOVE the charts/graphs……

    Just going to proffer an alternate/’additional’ theory here:
    Either they are just now “realizing that Obama is …a tax and spend Liberal”,
    OR
    they are only now willing to admit what they’ve known from the start.
    Neither is excusable, of course: either they’re incredible DENSE, or totally DISHONEST.

    Not much of a choice, but I will select: …
    …BOTH. ;)

    • cosmoscon says:

      Yes, JTR, it’s probably more of the latter and they have to go through these motions where they appear surprised!

      • I’m guessing the have to rehearse backstage:
        “Do I look surprised if I arch my brow, and hold my chin THIS way?”
        “Nope. Keep trying…”

        Their dishonesty is in some ways impressive.
        You’d think it would get tiresome after awhile.

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