Thursday, January 06, 2011

Unsurprising News, With A Twist

Every once in a while, the editorial board of a major newspaper manages to get it right. Today was was one of those times. The subject is the shiny new House of Representatives, now run by the GOP.

New House Speaker Boehner, he of the manly tears, has promised to return the government to the people. Apparently "the people" is the new euphemism for corporate interests, something that the Tea Partiers who helped elect all these new Republicans might be surprised to learn. And the new House isn't making any bones about what we can expect, starting with Darrell Issa's first moves:

Darrell Issa of California, the new chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has sent out letters to 150 businesses and trade groups, asking them for suggestions on loosening what he called “job-killing” corporate regulations. ...

Mr. Issa did not have to wait long for answers to his query. To cite just a few: Financial companies have protested the new controls on debit-card fees, which were enacted to save small businesses billions of dollars and to lower prices. Manufacturers said they did not like the proposed E.P.A. limits on greenhouse gas emissions, intended to begin addressing global warming. There were even complaints about the cost to business of proposed federal limits on how long truck drivers can be behind the wheel, which would save lives on the highway. ...

The new Republican leaders love to insert the phrase “job-killing” in front of everything they oppose, hoping it might mask their true intentions. Mr. Boehner has been speaker for just one day. But it is already clear that the Republicans’ plan is to serve their corporate donors, above all else.
[Emphasis added]

Now while this conclusion is not particularly surprising to most of us, apparently it is "news" to the New York Times. What is surprising, however, is that today the New York Times and yesterday the Los Angeles Times actually printed it.

I wonder how long this will last.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

...the Republicans’ plan is to serve their corporate donors, above all else. [Emphasis added]

New boss, same as the old boss.

9:50 AM  

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