Saturday, January 24, 2009

An Open Letter to FoxNews

I don't think that any of the opponents of the Stimulus Package are looking at this proposal in the same vein as they did when President Bush proposed the cutting of taxes and allocation of the 1.3 trillion surplus that was left by the Clinton administration. This Stimulus Package has been labeled 'socialistic', but the doling out of the surplus was considered to be the right thing to do - not socialism. Bare in mind that it was not the middle-class that received the bulk of the money; it was the rich - those making over one hundred fifty thousand dollars.

The Stimulus Package is supposed to generate jobs, put cash in the country's economy, and support small business. The size of it can be directly attributed to the delay in implementing the 'TARP' in a supervised manner. Henry Paulson did exactly what he said he wanted to do with that money with Congress and President Bush allowing that crime to go unpunished. Paulson stated before Congress that he wanted this money with the freedom to distribute it to whomever he deemed worthy without any over-sight. Even though he was told to give feedback to Congress, Mr. Paulson did exactly the opposite with Congress and George Bush looking on approvingly.

Now the Republican component of Congress wants to present a fiscally responsible profile after supporting, over ninety percent of the time, the Bush agenda when it came to spending with no restraint during Bush's term in office. While I have no qualms about the position of the Republican legislators, I question their resolve to constrain the efforts of President Obama when they didn't do so in time enough to have averted the current economical mess that we are experiencing. I question the blocking of this package by the Republican Congressional members without a constructive alternative that meets the needs of 'all' of America.

Closing Guantanamo is the right thing to do. They closed Abu Ghraib after what can surely be considered to have been the greatest embarrassment to the United States image, why not do the same with Guantanamo. Let me make myself clear, I don't want to see these detained people freed without some forethought. I believed that the Obama administration has done that. I believe that torture is not to be condoned under any circumstances - remember, what is done to American held prisoners can easily be done to our soldiers in the custody of the enemy. I believe that the delay in bringing the Guantanamo prisoners to trial has created an atmosphere of mistrust and injustice - yes, the inability to have brought these people to a speedy trial is the real mistake.

Lastly, I want to remind Fox News that despite your claims to being factual and bias-free, America does not see it that way. Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, and the infamous Mr. Hannity set a poor example for fair practices in journalism. I value your ability to be among the leaders when it comes to breaking news; you rival CNN in that phase of broadcasting. However; your bias insistence in supporting the Republican agenda is nothing short of irresponsible and a detractor. FoxNews and its commentators aren't going to change, and I understand that. The nature of your agenda destines you for the same fate as the Republican Party - disfranchisement, if you can’t appeal to the new majority in America. The new America is a thinking public with none of the biases that can categorize by our past.

In a democracy, silence is not golden; it is condonance in the face of injustices; it is fear, where the thought of reprisal fosters control - Rodney A. Davis

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