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Showing posts with label CATO Institute. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CATO Institute. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Koch Brothers Shill Joins CNN for Talking Points Opportunity; Not Quite Like Fox News

Earlier today, CNN's Carol Costello discussed the new CBO report on raising the Minimum Wage with Heritage Institute's Stephen Moore.
Whenever I see Stephen Moore on a news room marquis, I know what's to come.  He will spew a Cato Institute brand of Libertarian rhetoric behind his cloak of an economist. Of course, he is an economist. He is also going to view all data and economic analyses with a deep slant towards Koch brothers ideology (via the Cato Institute) and he will speak as do most libertarians.   

In the late 1970s, the Kochs help found the Cato Institute, as their Father help found the John Birch Society. The two groups are diametrically divergent in mission and goals, but there is a common thread Conservatism. Conservatism with inherent dogma to achieve mission and goals. Despite the Institutes fight for some degree of independence regarding research projects and other critical organization focus, when a founder and major money-broker supporter wants, they have major influence.  

It seems last month Moore joined the Heritage Foundation. Without any source data or reason or speculation I do wonder if Moore finds the atmosphere, corporate mission and personal opportunity at Heritage more to his ilk.  I think I am safe in that posit. 

A peep at the Kochs and Stephen Moore's recent employment history. 


Political activities

Members of the Koch family have given to conservative and libertarian policy and advocacy groups in the United States,[17] including think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, and more recently Americans for Prosperity.[18] Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works are organizations with links to both the Kochs and the Tea Party movement.[19][20][21][22] 

According to the Koch Family Foundations and Philanthropy website, "the foundations and the individual giving of Koch family members" have financially supported organizations "fostering entrepreneurship, education, human services, at-risk youth, arts and culture, and medical research." [23]
Thus, surmising about Stephen Moore's punditry is as simple as taking a breathe of air. 

Moore joined Carol Costello this morning for a segment on CNN's News Room. Even though I am well versed in Moore's punditry and the fact his political analysis will follow libertarian ideology and rhetoric, his use of the news platform to satisfy another Koch mission kind of floored me. He out-of-the-blue interjected "ObamaCare" as an issue in potential catalyst fore job losses. He "went there" in discussion of a Congressional Budget Office report that includes the prospect of job losses from an increase in the minimum wage. The report included far more positive data about quality of life for affected employees and far more about good and positive for the economy, but of course, those are not points Moore and his backers care to exploit. It should be noted, you will see Moore also attempt to reach back two weeks to another CBO report. The referenced report led to the need for a concise and corrective comment from the CBO Director, Elmendorf, related to Obamacare's impact on people forced to work multiple low paying jobs or people who work jobs simply for sake of medical coverage.  

Fortunately, Moore was speaking with Carol Costello instead of Erin Burnett. 

News Room via Media Matters
On the February 19 edition of CNN Newsroom, host Costello was joined by Wall Street Journal editorial board member and Heritage Foundation chief economist Stephen Moore to discuss the CBO report. Moore, a prominent right-wing media figure, rehearsed standard talking points about the alleged disastrous impacts of increasing the minimum wage for low-skilled and entry-level workers.
Despite Moore's efforts, Costello checked his spin at every turn, continually pointing to the positive impacts of increasing the minimum wage.

As we are exposed to people like Moore, is there any wonder 47% of voters in 2012 voted for Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan?

Leave with this point. While much of what Moore had to say should be filed away as Heritage talk, he used the two week old CBO report in an effort to mislead the viewing public. Moore is well read and intelligent enough to know full-well Elmendorf's previous comment relegated Fox New and conservative  talking-points about about work hour losses due to Obamacare into a mirage.  

Veracity is not the issue with people like Moore. The victory is saying the words on television news to facilitate propaganda to low information people who believe without further inquiry.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Upworthy, Bill Maher, Bernie Sanders, Libertarian Surrogate, And Zack Kopplin (VIDEO SMACK-DOWN)


We captured a little something from Upworthy via the Bill Maher Show. First, allow me to reiterate my extreme contempt for all things "libertarian.' Sterling human examples of why the contempt include, but are not limited to, the Koch Bothers, the Paul's, state's rights (which when boiled down to its basic components is nothing more than "white privilege."  For people who question or resent the last statement, consider voter suppression  denial of the ACA for people who need it most, and the Koch brothers American Legislative Exchange Council's lock on state legislatures. 

The Maher segment includes a few notable guests, I am sure you will recognize. The one person on the panel who literally crawls under my skin with every 'open-mouth' spewing of Koch Brothers ideology: Stephen Moore of the Cato Institute.  Moore is so consumed with all things Koch, he seems to breathe chemical derivatives. I will wager he wipes residue of the chemical derivatives with Koch brothers with Georgia-Pacific paper towels. The scope of his punditry is, "the debt, the debt, the debt, spending, spending.' He finds nothing but wrongs with spending for science and spending on human services. You will see an example of his contempt for snail research about half way through the following video.  Snail research actually has a human and scientific purpose with potential benefits to children worldwide.  Allow me to show you data, Moore will never posit or nor attack: defense spending.

If we take the unfathomable graphics above and compare to graphic below, a contrasting image quickly evolves. Moore's arguments against spending, we should assume, are not arguments focused on defense spending. He will sit and agonize over $2 million spent on snail research with spending as depicted in the following graphic. His snail research 'mantra' may work in many audiences, but don't go there just yet. Read after the video.


College Kid Forced To Remind Know-It-All Economist That He's Actually Not A Scientist

Stephen Moore, libertarian economist and Wall Street Journal columnist learned the hard way that spin doesn't work in the face of facts. At 1:16, 19-year-old Zack Kopplin, science advocate and history student, offers up the only response one should give whenever a pundit starts talking about cutting science.  And at 2:25, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Bill Maher both pile on and fact-check Mr. Moore's spin again.

If you are wondering why we funded snail mating habits, it's to prevent children in developing countries from getting parasitic worms and stuff. It would be awesome if you shared this so more people knew that.
End Upworthy

Did you also notice Moore moved into corporate taxes? The Koch brothers are American industrialist almost without peer. Do you think the Kochs would have a concern with corporate taxes? Moore was also argument stifled by Maher's retort question og General Electric taxes paid in 2012: Zero federal taxes paid. 

Moore also practiced that all too present conservative authoritarianism via interrupting the teen speaker with his talking points.  He interrupted and at the 1:16 mark faced an unusual smack-down.  I find it hard to believe no one asked Moore about the historic reductions in deficit spending and recent reports of historic budget surplus during the Obama Administration.

Huff Post Budget Surplus

The St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank (FRED)

The Congressional Budget Office Monthly Budget Review for July 2013

Moore reminds of many from the right who argue points on Fox News, WSJ editorial pages and increasingly on CNN. They feed low information viewers and readers and are always out of their comfort zone with high information people.  

Moore's service to the Cato Institute and the Koch brothers was seriously tarnished via the Bill Maher Show appearance. There is little wonder he will only rarely appear on MSNBC. 


Friday, July 29, 2011

The Debt Crisis and' Morning Joe' Producers (What were you thinking)

Debt Crisis!!!!

Yes, the nation's debt is over the top. The fact is not a new phenomena (problem).  What is interesting is how the RIGHT is using the nations' debt to completely stifle all federal government efforts to provide fixes in our economy where fixes are more critical.

If the Congress (Democrats in congress) has not proposed a dozen jobs bills, the word jobs would be completely absent from D.C. 'talk'. Of course, each jobs bill has been voted down by the GOP members of the House and Senate.

All conversation these days is on the debt ceiling. It is an issue that must be resolved but should the issue be such that all industrialized nations live in fear collapse.

The following videos are too long for a one time sit. I believe that one vid is 11:00 minutes long and length of the other vid escapes me.

Each vid was broadcast this morning on The Morning Joe Show, MSNBC... whenever I see Peggy Noonan on the Joe Show I anticipate the following:   Condescending demeanor, Conservatism with a twist of intellect (but still dangerous), loftiness, and a slight bit of moderation.  If you watch the eleven minutes you will come away with a balanced dialogue about this 'fabricated' issue.  The segment is fairly balanced but the inner workings and dynamics of the moments bother me in a total sense .Oh, by the way, what is with the 'hands on her hips' non-natural moment from Noonan:  loftiness and a tad showboaty.

The major reason for my psoitng the firs vid is the dialogue from the two Show guests.   Jeff Milon Harvard University Economics/ Sr. Fellow CATO Institute and Josh Ttyrangiel, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, posit on the nations debt/budget crisis.  There are a fewer interesting dynamics beyond the message for the segment.  After a long and somewhat rambling but relevant introduction from Tyrangeil, Jeff Miron speaks and lays clear (via implication) blame for the current issue on entitlement programs.  Yes, our leaders are guilty of typical American planning (equals none) in not working to fix entitlement programs long before now.  Tyrangiel gets an opportunity to accurately portray the crisis from another perspective: Revenue , entitlements, etc.  The Harvard guy never once mentioned revenue during his first opportunity to speak.  After Tyrangiel laid out a balanced case for pending doom, Milon 'for the rest of the segment, "I agree with Josh...As Josh stated'.

Meanwhile Noonan goes through her, "I am stuck on me' contribution to the segment. I find it really crafty how a conservative like Noonan can almost give off an air of a moderate independent. My compliments on her ability to perform as an effectively cloaked conservative: She may even fool quite a few people.  Watch and listen to her speaking parts if you can skip around a bit.

Back to my point for this article.

While I am not very aware of the CATO Institute, I do not recall ever hearing about the organization as progressives speak. Well, it took me one minute to find out why.  Peruse these exerts from  the CATO Institute web page.

About Cato 
"The Cato Institute is the foremost upholder of the idea of liberty in the nation that is the foremost upholder of the idea of liberty." - George F. Will
The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank — dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace.

I suppose I received my answer about the CATO Institute and I received another little enlightening moment.  Milon is a typical Harvard Business (economist) who is well attached to a conservative 'think-tank'. If not countered by Trangiel of BusinessWeek and specifically questioned about Trangiel's remarks by Mike Barnacle, I have to wonder if Mr. Milon would orchestrate a nice anti-progressive dialogue between he and Noonan.   Informed and less than gullible people are good at watching for nuance. If one buys the Noonan and Milon argument for its surface message, one would walk away thinking the sole problem with our debt ceiling (debacle)/budget issue is social programs.  If Milon was going to start with Social Security, he might have thought to mention that the "CAP" is practice that should be considered for elimination.

In a fairness the segment is a good one, if one approaches it with a strong degree of askance. "UUUUM, why did that person...go there"?  Evidence to support my 'askance' point.  Watch Noonan, ever mindful of the time remaining in the segment, turn to the CATO conservative and ask about '......what type of President?" Well, Ms. Noonan rest assured that the type of president is not embedded in a John McCain and it was not embedded in a George (the Younger) Bush!

The second video below is a segment of the lofty Noonan. If you decide to watch the second video, watch Noonan's, sickeningly condescending non-verbal demeanor.  After exposing yourself to the non-verbals, think about other guest to such shows, ever recall such behavior.  also notice the damned near fall out of her chair as she mentions the debt ceiling crisis.  The crisis is a crisis because Republican and fiscally conservative independents, including libertarians, have made it a crisis.  It is about paying our debts...not a carte-blanche for more spending!  It is not a 'big-government guidepost per se.  Even if it was such, where was Noonan, Milon and the rest of the choir of others who are now taking increasing the debt ceiling to the level of all-out revolution?

After her hyperbolic exhibition of snottiness, NoonanThe Wall Street Journal. I do not read the Journal; gave it up when Murdoch...wait a minute who?  When Ruppert Murdoch purchased the publication and `folded it' neatly into his bag of conservative propaganda outlets-.  I hope Noonan's article was not placed on the WSJ Editorial Page.   

Did Noonan call the President a loser?

Now, ask yourself.  You work for a conservative newspaper which is owned by a far Right-wing (extremely elderly) multi-billionaire, and your earnings from the WSJ may approach seven figures.  Do you think you would find any redeeming qualities in any Democratic President? Now factor-in other dynamics associated with President Obama.

Noonan works for the WSJ!  

Ahhh, the WSJ.

Even John McCain recently spoke sarcastically about the WSJ Editorial page as he approached his knee-dragging butt whipping by, of all people, Sean Hannity.

Sean Hannity could not conduct an interview that would extract 'serial hamburger eater' confession from this guy......
"Will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a Hamburger today"! Wimpy (Popeye and Friends) 

Within seconds of sitting on Hannity's Show, McCain was groveling, demurring and anxiously agreeing with every word from the FOX News PR guy.

The real crisis associated with raising the debt ceiling; The fact that it has developed into such a dangerous issue. It should have been signed months ago and could be signed overnight.  There is time to deal with the deficit and budgets after raising the ceiling.

Alas, raising the ceiling does provide opportunity for the RIGHT to tie-up the President and DEMs  such that they cannot focus on jobs, Infrastructure and other economy improving issues.  But, then I have joined that club of folks who feel that RIGHT does not want an improved economy and they do not appear to want an improved unemployment rate.

President Obama shares some level of blame, I agree.  He has compromised with these people far too often. He also allows the RIGHT to dictate issues for which he becomes immersed.