posted on Jul, 19 2006 @ 10:45 AM
I see what you're saying, orangetom, but it's a bit rambling and rant-ish. The big trouble with politics, and thus government, is that people as
individuals aren't very good at thinking beyond their own "village", whether that village be their immediate family, extended family, or whatever
other semi-tribal group we use to define ourselves. There is nothing that fixes this when someone gets into public service, so there are a lot of
people working on projects that have large, long-term consequences who are unable to see beyond a small scale and short-term. This leaves a mess,
which is why it's a good thing to limit, severly, the scope on which they can operate (ie. Small Government).
As for the "lack of skills" comment, again I don't think this is a case of malice aforethought more than it is one where, when you find yourself in
a job that doesn't push you to excel and grow, you tend to settle in and get comfortable.
Back to the topic at hand, though: Fox News. As a social liberal I'm often quite annoyed at what Fox airs and the spin they put on their stories. I
have to admit, though, that their presentation is excellent. Seriously, step back some time and watch not what they're saying, but how
they're saying it. It's really very impressive.
As for the spin itself, I don't begrudge them the social conservative slant on the news, there are enough socially liberal outlets that I'm not
worried about that. I just wish news organizations could be honest about their political leanings. I'd rather have an identified bias to work with,
than to have it hidden behind the claims of "complete objectivity" that are the norm today.