While perusing the produce aisle of a grocery store last Saturday, I overheard a woman telling her companion that “Tea Partiers are killing Democrats in Arizona.” She had received a text message from a family member, so she knew her statement to be true, even though the shootings had been in the news for the past hour, and other than the usual media speculation, there was no evidence that any political group was involved.
Arizona spends too much time in the headlines (see: Arizona Tragedy: Only Fools Make Sense of Crazy). Saturday’s shootings came after a year of negative media coverage over the state’s landmark immigration enforcement bill, and the resulting condemnation and federal lawsuit.
For all the negative press about the federal government’s assorted failings, Washington is enormously successful in one endeavor. Our government has great websites. Government sites provide information about every facet of the federal bureaucracy, good and bad. Reports, investigations, and audits are all out there for taxpayers to read.
Nancy Pelosi’s squawking has been reduced to a volume befitting her new, minority status, so President Obama and Harry Reid had to do the heavy lifting when it came time to misrepresent December’s employment numbers. Obama and Reid are more than up to the task of distorting the truth, and the president began his January 8, 2011 weekly address with three statements of very marginal veracity:
Obama Claim One: The economy added more than 100,000 jobs in December 2010.
Despite ongoing economic blight and the failure to reduce record unemployment, health care reform remains the most contentious issue of Barack Obama’s presidency. The bill embodies everything conservatives despise about big government, and resulted in angry demands for repeal while drafts were still being committed to paper.