Two years ago, the University of Maryland released a study showing that Fox News watchers were less informed than people who watch no television news at all. A recent study from Fairleigh Dickinson University backs the University of Maryland’s findings.
I don’t know if Thomas Euell watches Fox News, but his skewed information seems to indicate that he just might be a Fox fan.
I have a few corrections to make to his most recent letter (“Thomas Euell Responds,” Dec. 7). The first misleading statement in his letter is regarding U.S. (federal lands) oil production under the Obama administration, in which he says the administration cut oil production by 50 percent. According to CNN Factcheck, “Oil production on federal and Indian lands from 2009 through 2011 totaled 2.027 million barrels. That’s an average of 675,000 barrels per year during Obama’s term, compared to an average annual production of 609,000 barrels annually during Bush’s last term.”
Next, according to Politifact, Romneycare and Obamacare are the “same thing.” Neither one is “universal healthcare.” Private insurance companies still insure their customers and still make large profits, and “Medicaid” is still a safety net program that tax dollars support in Massachusetts and throughout the United States.
As for the “Barack Obama: Big Spender” lie, please read the May 24 Forbes report, “Who is the Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It’s Barack Obama?” They even published an easy-to-understand chart, provided by the Congressional Budget Office, proving the point that President Obama is most definitely not the big spender who right-wing talkers claim he is.
Addressing the success of the Clinton administration, here are the facts: Clinton taxed the rich and created 23 million jobs and a record surplus. Bush cut taxes on the rich and lost 15 million jobs and created record debt.
Surprisingly, liberals agree with Mr. Euell on the issue of “entitlements.” However, it is the right-wingers like Marco Rubio who continue to label Social Security and Medicare as “entitlements.” We call them earned benefits, because we earned (paid into) them.
Today, unemployment rates dropped to 7.7 percent and housing starts and values are up. Corporate profits are at an all-time high, according to Business Insider, CNN and The Economist, so let’s stop with the fear mongering about the economy.
America has always been a fairly well-balanced combination of socialism and capitalism. Most liberals use and enjoy capitalism just like conservatives do. A major difference is that liberals aren’t terrified of government, social safety nets or that some scary group of people might take our “stuff” or our freedom or guns away from us.
Ironically, the red states are overwhelmingly the welfare queens. The states governed by folks who think government is too big and spending needs to be cut are the states taking more federal money than they pay in federal taxes. “They talk a good game, but stick the blue states with the bill,” according to Business Insider.
I’m not sure what the reference to Greece is supposed to mean, but according to Nobel Prize–winning economist Paul Krugman, Greece’s insistence on “austerity” has only compounded its financial crisis. I don’t know if Greece’s prime minister watches Fox News, but it sounds like Greece could use some of President Obama’s economic advice.