Matt HealeyThursday,20 December 2012

The Snap:

Let’s keep picking on the press and politicians. Currently both parties are involved in furious discussions and negotiations about the budget incline (I’ll call it that because it is early in the morning and I don’t want to do a shot). Each side is busy making proclamations about the strengths of its plan, versus the weaknesses of other side’s plan. The Democrats have taken to saying that the evangelical christian party of god refuses to provide any specifics on which spending cuts will be made, or which tax loopholes will be closed. The evangelical christian party of god has taken to saying that the Democrats have not presented a serious proposal that could pass the House. I am torn on who to believe.

The Download:

I would love to be able to evaluate the claims from each side. Take a look at the actual proposals, read them, and figure out who is telling the truth and who is not. I want to do some actual independent analysis and formulate my own opinion. In general, I think that tax rates for the top 2% should go up. I also think that social programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security need to be restructured. Finally, I think the U.S. defence budget needs to be cut dramatically. After all, the U.S. spends more on defence than all other major countries combined. With these guiding principles, I would love to figure which proposal is closest to my views.

The problem is that you can not get the actual proposals. Do a Google search on them. You get 1 page press releases, twitter hashtags, and 10 column inch opinion articles. But you can not get to the actual proposals. And the articles do not link to the actual proposals. Here at The Snap Download, we are a short form blog, but we actually link to original sources. When I wrote about the U.S. House report on Huawei and ZTE, I actually linked to the report so you could read it as well and formulate your own opinion. Now I do not know if the parties are not releasing the plans or if reporters are just not linking to them. Regardless, how is the public supposed to make an informed choice and monitor their elected officials if all we get are 140 character tweets and 1 page partisan press releases? These information vehicles serve a purpose, but sometimes complicated problems require more detail and information.

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Huawei ZTE ReportUS defence spending, Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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