What a difference a change of administration makes

This is not a scientific post. Having a son who majored in journalism educated me to the various and sundry ways news is slanted. Here in Massachusetts, the administration changed from 8 years of Democratic governance to Republican. Liberals shouldn’t fret as the legislature remains 90% Democratic.

For the past 8 years the local press has been carrying water for increased spending and taxes. We have been regaled with headlines decrying “Draconian cuts” and budget gaps. Such was the case with the outgoing administration, where stories began appearing last December about budget gaps on the order of 700 million. I wrote the reporter asking what this represented in terms of the total budget and never got anything back, ditto for the response from one of the few Republican senators still standing. Throughout the decade I could never get a straight answer as to the actual amount of the budget and the year to year changes in same.

Now we have the following http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/01/gov_charlie_baker_massachusetts_765_million_budget_gap.html#incart_m-rpt-1, and from the same reporter who never responded last month. Here’s what the reporter was forced to report.

“tax revenues are coming in on target, with an approximately 4.5 percent increase over last year. However, state spending is on target to increase by 7.3 percent“. It will be amusing to see if ‘Draconian cut” stories appear as they have in the past. Mr. Micawber always had a budget gap and so do we.

Along the same lines here’s a heartwarming headline, to disguise an appeal for higher taxes. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/obama-channels-inner-robin-hood-as-rich-get-richer-154533477.html.

Derek Lowe always regrets posting anything remotely political on his blog “In the Pipeline”. Hopefully I won’t. If you must respond, please be civil.

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  • John Wayne  On January 22, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    They never answer the questions I have: a big chunk of the new spending (+7%) is health care related; what about the rest of it? What else is the state spending much more money on?

    That information is probably out there, but the absence of that information does change the tone and message of that news story significantly. Why wasn’t the headline, “State Budget Goes up 7.3% – Revenues Only up 4.5%”?

    Answer: it makes the state government look irresponsible; this may be true, but we can’t tell because we haven’t been given the information.

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