Or, should that subject line read "WaPo by Dummies"? Perhaps it should read "WaPo by Rabid Democrat Tools"? Maybe there is no real difference between these last two possibilities. Of course, it comes as no surprise to anyone who has read some of the articles published by the Washington Post, that it is little more than a campaign arm of the Democrat Party.
Always there to churn out leftist drivel, the WaPo makes it convenient for its readers to either cheer the further degradation of our nation or become irate with the obvious biases of its "journalists" by offering twice daily e-mail versions. Although these e-mails never fail to disappoint, today's first e-mail was notable. The first two headlines promised the reader a journey into a world where Democrats are wonderful champions of the masses and Republicans and icky companies are vile, inconsiderate beasts, who happen to not pay well.
The two articles might have been intended for dummies, but I contend that the writers might find themselves in this category. The real surprise is that neither ridiculous piece was penned by the leftist brainiacs Eli Saslow, Juliet Eilperin, or Dana Milbank.
Drum roll, please... today's nominees for dishonorable mention are staff writers Peter Whoriskey and Dan Balz!Give it up for two intrepid journalists who dare go... exactly where their employer and the political vermin they support would like them to be.
First up for the coveted "WaPo for Dummies" fake doo award, is Whoriskey's heart-wrenching piece about the true victims of the auto company bail-outs, the UAW: "After bailouts, new autoworkers make half as much as veterans in same plant"
Yet they fall into distinctly unequal classes: About half make $28 an hour or more, while the rest, the recently hired, make $14.
This oddity, which could become the norm in much of the domestic U.S. auto industry, arises from the jury-rigged labor agreement that the United Auto Workers, U.S. automakers and the federal government reached during the industry's near-death experience last year.
Now the revival of the U.S. industry depends on a compromise that some on all sides quietly acknowledge is divisive, among other things, and probably cannot last.
"How would you feel if you were on the line humpin' and bumpin' all day and the guy next to you gets twice the pay? How would you feel toward that person?" asked Dale Hunt, a veteran tradesman at the plant and former president of the union local. "Of course there is going to be animosity."
The observant reader cannot help but notice that the bulk of the laments come not from those poor new workers earning $14 an hour. No, these people are glad to have jobs. The complaints come from the "veteran" workers who earn twice the wage of their younger counterparts. Could it be that the intrepid reporter sought out old union salts to gauge the mood of the plant? Nah, WaPo wouldn't tolerate such a thing.
Whoriskey leaves the reader with the impression that the poor union took the screwgy from the bailout and there will be no more middle class if market forces are allowed to work. The moral of the article seems to be that only by continuing the bloated union packages that played a significant role in the downfall of these companies, can the vaunted middle class (the target of the Alinsky model) be saved!
Whoriskey is going to be difficult to beat, but let see how Balz competes. "What the GOP can learn from Britain's Tories" is Balz' sincere attempt to advise the GOP.
Cameron sits atop a new coalition government that is taking tough and controversial action to reduce Britain's sizable budget deficit. He is also a conservative politician with a modernizing bent who has sought to make his party more relevant to modern Britain.
Republican leaders in this country would say they share those goals and ambitions. But Cameron has few genuine imitators among his fellow conservatives on this side of the Atlantic. At a time when he has shown flexibility by keeping his eye fixed as much on the center as on the right, most Republicans here are worrying more about the right than the center.
Given the political climate in this country, that may seem the wisest course. For now, it is certainly the easiest. The real energy in the electorate exists largely on the right -- most intensely within the "tea party" movement.
Republican Party, ignore the Tea Party movement and follow Lindsay Graham down the Snowe, Collins, Brown path... is that about it, Balz? The GOP needs to do the hard work of conforming with the Democrats if they want to truly succeed as opposed to doing what is easy and supporting limited government.
Cameron fought the campaign on a platform to attack the deficit -- in more detail than Republicans are offering so far in this election. Once he formed his new government with the Liberal Democrats, he attacked the deficit vigorously -- but also with more flexibility than GOP leaders here are showing. Having resisted the kind of no-taxes pledge common among conservatives here, he constructed a deficit-reduction package that includes about $1 in additional taxes for every $3 in spending cuts.
So the important thing to remember, GOP, is if you want to successfully return to power, you need to reach out to the statist left. Furthermore, should you really stick with your antiquated ideas of reducing spending, you must at least raise taxes as well. Hmmm... I wonder what it says that WaPo is now reaching out to the GOP and suggesting they include the Dems in their plans?
At least Balz didn't try to tell the GOP that they need to support a British style centralized control of the medical system. I wonder why? "Britain Plan to Decentralize National Health Care", oh, perhaps that is why. We can rest assured that Balz has nothing but the well-being of the Republican Party at heart as is illuminated by his final paragraph.
Republicans are still well behind their British counterparts in stepping up to the challenges of becoming a governing party. But they are asking voters to trust them nonetheless.
How can one choose just one of these loony lib scribes for this prestigious award? In keeping with the theme of collectivist thought, I award the honor to both Whoriskey and Balz. Congratulations gentleman, you are each a credit to your craft. That is, assuming that leftist propaganda generation is a craft.