Saturday, August 04, 2007

Libs & mainstream media: Facts optional.

What I found most infuriating about the disastrous I-35W bridge collapse is the endless demagoguery by the mainstream media and liberal politicians.

Check out some of the comments offered up by those who do not even wait for the full story to come out.

CRAIG CRAWFORD, MSNBC: I've looked up what it would take to fix the nation's infrastructure. It's about $532 billion a year. It just so happens to be about what we're spending in Iraq.

JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC: Certainly American voters would probably decide it would be wiser to invest in our own aging infrastructure than continuing to throw good money after bad in Iraq.

GREG HUNTER, CNN: We're spending billions of dollars every month in Iraq.

REP. BARNEY FRANK (D-MA): If we did not have the war in Iraq, with hundreds of billions of dollars, we would be able to do a great deal more.

JACKASS CAFFERTY, CNN: How could the US better spend the $2 billion a week that we're pouring into Iraq here at home?

BILL TUCKER, CNN: We're spending about a trillion dollars in infrastructure in Iraq.

LOU DOBBS, CNN: We're not even succeeding in rebuilding the infrastructure and creating new infrastructure in Iraq.

SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR (D-MN): Priorities in our country have been out of whack the last few years. We've spent like almost $500 billion in Iraq.

The various talking heads would have you believe that the bridge collapsed due to a lack of funds. But a 2005 news release by MnDOT (via Power Line) effectively debunks such shameless rhetoric.

U.S. President George Bush signed a $286.4 billion six-year transportation reauthorization bill Aug. 10, 2005 that covers federal fiscal years 2004-09.

Although the details of the reauthorization package are still being reviewed, Minnesota state and local governments can expect to receive about $3.5 billion in federal transportation funding through 2009, an increase of about 46 percent (or about $1.1 billion) over the previous six-year bill.

I guess we can’t blame the libs and their cohorts in the media. Why should they let the facts get in the way of a good demagogue?

Another classic example would be the appearance of vapid vacuous hack Star Tribune columnist Nick Coleman on MSNBC:

To quote character Ricky Fitts from the movie American Beauty: "What a sad old man you are."

UPDATE: The Kool Aid Report effectively slices and dices Coleman's post-collapse screed.


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