Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 | 2:02 a.m.
There is a large audience that believes Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly as they perform like carnival barkers on TV, luring customers into their sideshow with gossip, innuendo and comic lies.
In Congress, the Party of No does the same. Both are sponsored by a coalition of multimillionaires and billionaires bent on eliminating taxes on the rich. They want to control America’s capital except, maybe, a little trickle-down to keep the peons from rebelling.
So President Barack Obama and the Democrats face two major roadblocks in passing legislation and in the 2012 election: (1) The Party of No and its appendage of Tea Party activists and (2) Rupert Murdoch’s conservative mass media propaganda empire, which bought The Wall Street Journal in 2009.
Unfortunately, even if the rest of the world turns against Murdoch, as have the British, he has already shaken the public into doubting the printed word, television, radio, politicians and government itself.
There is no way President Barack Obama and the Democrats can match the money the Party of No can raise. They will have to depend on grass-roots organizing, going to the people in town-hall meetings, whistle-stop campaigning and on simply telling the truth.
Tax cuts can’t reduce our debt to China one nickel. That’s absurd. The government has to have income before it can pay its debts. And people must have jobs before they can pay taxes. So let’s quit arguing taxes and get on with job programs.