Tuesday :: Mar 29, 2005

Better never then late?


by Duckman GR

We’ve all heaped a lot of abuse and invective on the news media for some time now, and yes, the media is not just one huge homogenous puree of bland and banal, there are exceptions and fine examples of good work and good ethics. This LA Times story for example, on the Bankruptcy Bill just passed by the Senate.

This is the first time I’ve seen anything that actually discusses the actual impact and particulars in some detail of the bankruptcy bill. The question for the editors, and one you, fine readers, might want to ask of your papers editors, is this:

“Why didn’t you do this sort of reporting BEFORE the bill was passed, so that your readers would be able to speak with their representatives in an informed manner that might have had some, shall we say, constructive impact on the bill?

“That is, is it not, the ultimate purpose of your existence as reporters, after all.

“And can I expect you to do this on future legislation, such as the changes the Republican Congress is planning for Social Security, or the changes Governor Schwarzenegger is planning for one of the largest and most successful state pension funds around?

“I believe the Patriot Act is coming up for re-authorization, can I anticipate a similarly useful analysis on that particularly and spectacularly odious piece of legislation, legislation that has spawned little more then abuse of our Constitution?”

That would be refreshing wouldn’t it?

I leave you with this tidbit from the article, as a reminder of what the radical republican Congress led by tom delay, is up to. Just another tool in the corporatist tool box to put all decision making power in the hands of the select few. [my bolds-GR]

Overhaul proponents respond to such criticisms by contending that the current bankruptcy system is rife with fraud and abuse and is stacked against creditors. Many proponents are deeply scornful of bankruptcy judges, who they charge have let the system spin out of control.

"They're part of the … problem," declared Jeff Tassey, a Washington lobbyist who heads the coalition of credit card companies, banks and others that has spearheaded the overhaul drive.
"They're not real judges, [ed-apparently they play one on teevee, or come in a government packaged press release for media distribution.]not Article 3 judges," Tassey said. He was referring to Article 3 of the U.S. Constitution, under which judges in the regular federal court system are appointed for life. Bankruptcy judges are appointed under Article 1 to 14-year renewable terms.

If you can’t trust those evil corrupt judges, who can you trust? God, and Father, of course. And roll them into one package, and you’ve got God in the Whitehouse, and his faithful handmaiden, Big Time Dick.

They know best. For their cronies. For their corporate brethren, like grover and rover. But not for you or I.

Duckman GR :: 11:40 PM :: Comments (9) :: Digg It!