January 6, 2003

By Michael Strickland

Class Warfare

Tomorrow, on the same day that the Republican House and Senate convenes, President Bush will unveil his much-talked-about economic stimulus plan. Actually, "much-talked-about" is a polite way of putting it. "Much-dissected," "much-maligned," "much-lambasted" would all be accurate ways of describing the Democrats' response to a plan which has yet to be unveiled.

Every time I think politicians have gone too far with their rhetoric, they surprise me by going even farther. Since Friday, Democrats have picked apart and criticized Bush's stimulus plan, yet NO details of the plan have been made public. Talking heads have spent all weekend on CNN and other networks, spouting their opinions about mere rumors and suppositions of Bush's plan. They did not have the respect or professionalism to at least wait till the details of the plan were released, so they would know what they were talking about.

I blame the media (as I blame them for many other problems in our society). By allowing these politicians to go on shows like Meet the Press and giving them full rein to wail against an as-yet-unreleased program—without challenging them with any difficult questions about their unfounded opinions—the media only encourages such irresponsible and inappropriate behavior by our elected officials. That's the reason why the level of rhetoric increases every day, every week, every year.

It could be that the Democrats' allegations make sense—my opinion of their opinions is beyond the scope of this brief editorial—but they have lost any shred of credibility (at least in my mind) by jumping the gun and attacking the President's plan without knowing any of its details. I respect them as little as I would respect a movie critic who published a scathing review of a movie he had not seen, but rather had been told about by a friend.


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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