Corporate Media's Version of Economic Justice - by Stephen Lendman
Besides misreporting on Obama capitulating to Republicans, major media op-eds and editorials expressed support for a deal only the devil and super-rich love.
On December 7, a New York Times editorial headlined, "Voting for an Odious Tax Deal," saying:
No matter how disgraceful, "Democrats should vote for (it), because it is the only one they are going to get....Without this bargain, income taxes on the middle class would rise. Unemployment insurance for millions of Americans would expire. And many other important tax breaks for low-and middle-income workers (wouldn't) be possible."
False! Democrats control the White House and have large House and Senate majorities. At issue is why aren't they using it for responsible legislation, helping middle and lower income Americans, not super-rich constituents with more already than they need.
The Times, however, worries that "If angry Democrats blow up the deal, they will be left groping for something better in a new Congress where they have far less influence than they have now. The middle class and the unemployed would be seriously hurt."
False again! The 112th Congress convenes on January 3, 2011. Democrats have between now and then to enact whatever they wish, with or without Republican support.
The editorial then blames Republicans "for what's wrong with the tax deal. (They) have little room to maneuver." Not so, with Democrats firmly in charge if they'll use their voter given mandate. Abstaining, in fact, shows where they stand, as supportive of wealth and power as Republicans.