by Scott Wilson, Lori Montgomery
| Jul. 11, 2011
President Obama will hold his second news conference in as many weeks Monday morning, just before meeting with congressional leaders to try to break a bitter partisan stalemate over how to raise the federal borrowing limit.
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This opinion piece has modest journalistic merit. The authors appear to be staffers at the Democratic National Committee, as their opinions are totally on the side of the Democrats. No attention is paid to the inability of the Democrats in the Senate to make any contribution to the discussion, having not even produced a budget for 2012. No attention is paid to the widespread view among economists, left and right, that raising tax rates in a period of high unemployment will make things worse. The fact that the Republicans have provided months ago a well-thought out plan is ignored. The arguments made by Obama against raising the debt ceiling a few years ago, and his arguments against raising tax rates in December 2010 are ... More »
This is not good journalism as I have learned to interpret it. First, Ms. Goodman makes a couple of statements that need to be verified or the source given: "To appease Republicans, President Obama has reportedly floated the ideea of cutting benefits under entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security." She also "quoted" a "Democratic Party official" whom she did not identify by name. This makes me wonder was it first- hand, second-hand, or... Ms. Goodman also stated that House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi, had "refused" to rule out the prospect of adjusting the CPI, this may serve to spread the notion that the President is considering raising the CPI.