What If The Media Covered The War On Poverty Like It Did Vietnam?

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Fifty years ago, American Marines were wrapping up their bloody battle to retake the historic Vietnamese capital of Hue, occupied by communist forces in the Tet Offensive weeks before.

Graphic images from the struggle went on display in January at the Newseum, in Washington DC, in an exhibit titled, “The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War.” The title of the exhibit, which runs through July 8, is borrowed from iconic newsman Walter Cronkite. Coverage of Tet, he said, “changed how people looked at the war, and in doing so, it changed the war itself.”

Tet turned out to be a terrible communist defeat. But at the time, America saw only carnage presented by American media. One startling photo in the Newseum exhibit shows dead and injured Marines stacked for evacuation on an American tank, one soldier tilted up painfully on his side for a sucking chest wound, the scene all ragged uniforms and soiled medical dressings and redolent of defeat.

There was also the nightmarishly graphic street execution of a Viet Cong fighter in Saigon, and bloody photos of dead guerillas in the U.S. embassy. I remember seeing these in full-color in Time magazine, scarlet blood staining the green lawn of the embassy courtyard. It convinced an already war-weary American public that this war just couldn’t be won.

They were helped to that pessimistic conclusion by Cronkite. “To say that we are closer to victory today is to believe, in the face of the evidence, the optimists who have been wrong in the past,” he regretfully intoned. “To say that we are mired in a bloody stalemate seems the only realistic, yet unsatisfactory conclusion.”

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The War on Poverty—$21 Trillion Later

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Fifty years and trillions of dollars after the “War on Poverty” was launched, poor Americans aren’t much better off, according to a study published by Republican reformers in Congress.

The War on Poverty has barely made a dent in actual poverty, states the 205-page report unveiled last month by the House Budget Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.).

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The Ten Worst Liberal Ideas Ever Conceived

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For many years, liberals have conjured up with all sorts of ideas on how to  make the world a better place. Unfortunately, their ideas have proven over and  over again to be expensive, inefficient, punitive, destructive, and downright  dangerous. Here’s my list of the worse liberal ideas ever conceived:

Socialized Medicine, a/k/a Obamacare

Obamacare is forcing people to buy something they don’t want from a website  that doesn’t work. And, if you don’t sign up, you’re taxed a percentage of your  income. Obamacare is transforming the traditional full-time 40-hour work week  into 30-hours a week part-time. The cheapest “bronze” plan requires an  unreasonable $5,000.00 deductible before any insurance benefits kick in. It  forces struggling small business owners to cut employee strength to 50 or less  to avoid mandated employee insurance coverage they cannot afford. Large  corporations are dropping traditional employee insurance coverage completely  because it is now unaffordable. It has caused the cost of many existing  insurance policies to double or more in order to comply with the law. Just about  everything we’ve been told about the benefits of Obamacare has been a lie, such  as the ability to keep your own doctor (who might not accept the government  insurance), and that your healthcare costs will be reduced by $2,500.00.

DDT Ban

In an effort to reduce bird deaths, liberals’ demand of a worldwide ban on  DDT has caused millions of human deaths (half of them children) in  Africa by mosquitoes carrying malaria, typhus, and dengue. The liberals’  solution to combating these diseases is to issue mosquito nets instead of  spraying the menaces with an insecticide that has been proven extremely  effective and safe to humans.

Nuclear Weapon Free World

The use of nukes during World War II let the genie out of the bottle. So long  as countries like Pakistan, Iran and North Korea possess these weapons, the U.S.  cannot afford to be nuclear free. If it were, there is no question these and  other American hating countries would use their nukes against us.

Manmade Global Warming

This is a liberal scheme to shame developed countries into paying  international taxes and redistributing their wealth to developing nations. There  is little question that our climate is changing, but blaming humans for it is  simply nonsense.

Affirmative Action

Liberal white guilt has led to affirmative action programs designed to  blatantly discriminate against white people. If it’s unlawful to discriminate  against minorities, why is it all right to discriminate against the majority?  Any discrimination in college enrollment, employment, and public contracting  should simply not be tolerated. The reelection of President Barak Obama should  have ended all affirmative action policies permanently.      

Social Security

Without question, Social Security is the largest Ponzi scheme ever conceived.  At its current rate, it will be unsustainable within a few years merely because  there are not enough workers to pay for the benefits of the retired generation.  The money confiscated in payroll taxes could be much better invested in the  stock market, IRAs, 401(k)s, CDs, savings accounts, or just about any investment  vehicle instead of letting the government handle it for you. Oh, and as an added  bonus, if you die before you start collecting, your heirs don’t get your Social  Security contributions. The government gets to keep it to give to someone  else.

 

Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

Immigration reform is actually code for adding millions of new liberal  Democrat voters to their ranks. What other reason is there for liberals arguing  against voter ID laws? Instead of “reforming” immigration laws, why not start  enforcing the existing ones? Granting amnesty to lawbreakers rewards them for  their crime and is unfair to those who waited for years to become American  citizens.

War on Poverty

Trillions of dollars have been spent on the war on poverty only to have a  higher percentage of Americans living in “poverty” today than ever before. The  welfare state has destroyed family units and created a dependency on government  the same way urban pigeons depend on people feeding them left over French fries  at McDonald’s.

“Green” Energy

So called “green” energy simply doesn’t work and will never replace fossil  fuels as the primary sources of energy. Wind powered turbines look like hell,  and are responsible for killing numerous endangered birds like Bald Eagles and  California Condors. Solar will never replace modern jet engines to power  aircraft or diesel engines to move ships and trains. Because of government  restrictions on drilling for oil on federal lands, oil independence may never be  achieved. America could be an oil and natural gas exporter instead of being  dependent on unstable Middle Eastern countries for its energy needs. If liberals  would stand back and let the energy companies “drill baby, drill,” the increased  state and federal taxes would pay for their expensive schemes, like Social  Security and other social programs.

Racial Profiling

The liberal notion that the police stop minority members for no reason other  than their ethnicity is patently false and ridiculous. This is merely a liberal  effort to protect criminals and make police less effective by accusing them of  racism. In reality, the police are practicing proactive policing which has been  proven to reduce crime rates every time it’s tried.

You don’t agree with my picks of worse liberal ideas? You think they are all  wonderfully progressive ideas? Then you obviously don’t mind millions of  children needlessly dying of diseases, risking the nation going into insolvency,  discrimination against white people, and an increase in the crime rate.

Think about it.

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