News reporters have always loved the reference to those vicious animals that protect the junk yards late at night. Some of the most frightening, realistic scenes from movies depict the bad guy climbing over a chain link fence only to be confronted by a large, nasty looking creature that has been trained to destroy intruders. Once the junk yard dog latches on to the perp, there is no letting go and…well…you know how this story usually ends and it aint pretty for the perp.
The best news reporters love the junk yard reference. Every news room has at least one of them and they are not just the junk yard dogs, but they are the Alpha Dogs in the news room. “I will take you down!” Or something like that…is what the promos usually say.
We have two very clear examples of news stories that need junk yard dogs. Solyndra and Fast and Furious.
Solyndra is the so-called “Green Energy” company that blew more than half-a-billion of our tax dollars in less than two years (stimulus anyone?) The list is long of potential scandals here. Fast and Furious is the gun running operation to Mexico that was approved and perpetuated by the Obama administration and has led to at least two deaths of U.S. enforcement agents. Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder has already been caught in an apparent lie over what he knew and when he knew it. The president stands behind Holder, even after these facts have been reported.
Tell me there aint somethin’ there to latch on to that might ruin the perfect crease in his pants.
The media has started to cover these stories. Started. Props have been given to reporters, like Jake Tapper of ABC and Sharyl Attkisson of CBS who have started digging into these issues. Rush Limbaugh calls them, “random acts of journalism.”
So far, groundwork has been laid by these reporters on Solyndra and Fast and Furious and they stand apart from the much larger group of poodles hiding in the corner “covering” this administration. To preserve our democracy we need junk yard dogs covering any administration.
Now…it needs to be stated here that the scandals within the Obama administration pile up so quickly that it will take several packs of junk yard dogs just to make a tear in the blue jeans. It seems major stories pop up every day or so, and with so few junk yard dogs out there, it’s almost impossible to protect the expanding premises. The Pigford Scandal, the New Black Panther Scandal, the attacks on American businesses, the Stimulus going to Democrat states and causes, the personal verbal attacks on American citizens….the junk yard is being over-run and the dog is spinning in circles wondering which direction to go.
Read any chapter of Michelle Malkin’s Culture of Corruption and you’ll find enough there to create half a dozen Woodward and Bernstein’s.
Fearless journalists on the internet have been justly attacking this White House on each of these fronts for years and the activist old media has finally decided to wake up from its slumber, look around, and notice that something aint right amongst the carcases of Chevy’s piling up in the back lot. Much of the hard work has been done. Deep Throat is a mouse click away these days.
In some cases, the media feels they have already been tough on this administration. You’ll hear them say that they did the story already, or they have already asked the tough question. What? That’s not the media I grew up with and spent 30 years in. Where are the junk yard dogs?
A favorite trick of a partisan media is to ask a question, perhaps do a story or two and then drop it like a rubber ball at the feet of the owner. Fetch! They play that game back and forth and nothing every really happens and they call it “Action News.” Somebody, somewhere needs to latch on to the ankles and not let go until the right thing is done.
When you ask a question, ask follow-ups, over and over again. The best answer you get from powerful people comes only after the second, third, or fourth follow up. Watch how you did interviews with Sarah Palin if you want to see how that is done. Don’t bark and run and act like you’re the big bulldog protecting the property, the Chihuahua can do that. You’ve got something here. Lots of “somethings” here, latch on and don’t let go.
I’ve been in that investigative position and done those stories and taken powerful people down and done the right thing. I know what it takes and it takes fearlessness and an obsession for the truth put in its proper context.
What happened to the junk yard dogs that were there during the Bush administration? We saw junk yard dogs foolishly spending 4 years going after the White House over the supposed leaking of a CIA agent’s name. They grabbed the ankles of the wrong guy. Real junk yard dogs don’t do that. They were blind junk yard dogs.
So my question now, as I watch my friends in the media finally notice that somebody had taken wire cutters to the chain link fence and are now removing parts from the old rusted Pinto, what is their reaction?
Will they be junk yard dogs, or lap dogs?
In the Weekly Republican Address, Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman John Thune explains how President Obama’s economic and regulatory policies are making things worse.
Full transcript of Senator Thune’s Address:
“Hello, I’m Senator John Thune of South Dakota.
“For months now, my Republican colleagues and I have been saying that President Obama has made our economy worse since he took office. This past week, even he admitted that the American people are not better off than they were four years ago.
“Just since his inauguration in 2009, there are two million more people unemployed, six million more people living in poverty, and 13 million more on food stamps.
“Our federal debt has increased by 39 percent. That’s more than $4 trillion dollars.
“Because of this additional debt, every man, woman, and child in America now owes $12,000 more than they did on the day President Obama was sworn in.
“President Obama’s policies are damaging our economy, and his proposed solutions are not serious.
“His latest stimulus bill is so flawed that Senate Democrats have rejected it and are rewriting it, not to grow jobs, but to improve their political standing.
“It’s nothing but a rehash of the same failed ideas he’s already tried, combined with a huge tax increase. This is a cynical political ploy that’s designed not to create jobs for struggling Americans, but to save the President’s own job.
“This cannot continue.
“There are common sense things that we can do to give America the freedom and the certainty to create good jobs.
“For starters, we can finally implement the free trade agreements we’ve negotiated with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea.
“Today 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States. Washington should be doing all it can to lower trade barriers, and help Americans sell more of our products to those customers.
“Altogether, these three trade deals will boost U.S. exports by more than $12 billion. And all that new exporting means new U.S. jobs – 70,000 of them as a result of the South Korea agreement alone.
“So I was glad to see that President Obama finally submitted the trade deals to Congress, after letting them sit on his desk for almost 1,000 days.
“It’s extremely unfortunate that we had to wait so long for the President to do something so simple, to help promote American exports, and create American jobs.
“As just one example, while the trade agreements have languished, America’s market share of wheat, corn, and soybeans sold to Colombia has collapsed from 78 percent in 2008, to 28 percent in 2010.
“Over the past 1,000 days, how many unemployed Americans might have gotten a job, if the President had just been willing to stop playing politics, and let American businesses compete?
“Republicans in Congress are ready to take up these trade deals, so Americans can get back to work. I hope the Democrats will join us in this effort.
“And while we’re at it, if the President is finally ready to get serious about helping businesses hire more workers, he can rein in his runaway bureaucracy that seems to be doing all it can to destroy jobs rather than create them.
“His National Labor Relations Board has sued to force Boeing Company to fire 1,000 workers who are building airplanes in South Carolina. All because the workers are not in a labor union.
“Apparently the Obama Administration would rather have people unemployed than allow them to work in non-union jobs.
“That is a destructive idea, and it sends a dangerous message to American companies looking to expand operations and to create jobs.
“Of course a business owner is going to think twice about investing in a new factory, and hiring more workers, if he or she is afraid Washington will step in and shut them down, just to appease union bosses.
“On top of that threat there is the overwhelming number of rules and regulations Washington piles on the backs of job creators. President Obama’s administration has pushed through more than 61,000 pages of new regulations so far this year alone.
“Dealing with just these new requirements will take Americans an astonishing 82 million hours, and cost $80 billion.
“Regulations and excessive red tape kill jobs, increase our dependence on foreign oil, and impose costs that American business owners cannot afford.
“In my state of South Dakota we have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. That’s because our state has low taxes, fewer government regulations, and is a right-to-work state.
“The Republican plan to get our country moving again builds on these kinds of ideas. We’re calling for a regulatory time-out, an affordable energy plan, broad-based tax reform including lower rates, and policies that provide the certainty and stability our economy desperately needs.
“Washington, under President Obama has grown too powerful, and has hurt job creation.
“Too often Washington is the problem, not the solution, and we’ve seen the results since President Obama was sworn in and started moving our country in the wrong direction.
“The President is right when he says that Americans are not better off today than they were four years ago. And if we’re going to get off this wrong track that he’s put us on, President Obama has got to change course.
“I’m Senator John Thune. Thank you for listening.”
Groups Urge Senators To Oppose ‘Job Killing Tax Hike’ on ‘America’s Job Creators’
‘Would Seriously Impair Our Ability’ ‘To Put Our Unemployed Back To Work’
“Most importantly, the burden of the proposed tax increases would fall disproportionately on the income of America’s small and mid-sized businesses who pay taxes at individual rates.” (Tax Relief Coalition Letter To US Senate, 10/7/11)
- “…the proposal before the Senate is a job killing punitive tax hike that moves our tax code in the exact opposite direction from where we should be going if we want to see job creation and economic growth.” (Tax Relief Coalition Letter To US Senate, 10/7/11)
- “…America’s job creators… are critical to the effort to rebuild our economy and create the jobs necessary to put our unemployed back to work. Unfortunately, the Senate is expected to take up a bill next week that, if enacted, would seriously impair our ability to accomplish that goal.” (Tax Relief Coalition Letter To US Senate, 10/7/11)
‘4 Out Of 5 Of The Taxpayers Who Will Face This Surtax Are Business Owners’
“…the Obama Administration’s own data demonstrates that 4 out of 5 of the taxpayers who will face this surtax are business owners – and thus, increasing the tax burden on these business owners will reduce the amount of capital that they would otherwise have available to invest in their company or hire additional workers.” (Tax Relief Coalition Letter To US Senate, 10/7/11)
- “…the Senate legislation would pay for the President’s Jobs Bill by raising tax rates on hundreds of thousands of business owners, a job killing tax hike…” (Tax Relief Coalition Letter To US Senate, 10/7/11)
- “According to a recently-released Treasury Department study, 392,000 taxpayers reported incomes exceeding $1 million in 2007, 331,000 of those returns included business income, and 311,000 were ‘business owners’ under the Treasury Department’s narrow definition.” (Tax Relief Coalition Letter To US Senate, 10/7/11)
“The Tax Relief Coalition (TRC), an organization of more than 1,000 trade associations, corporations and advocacy groups…” (Tax Relief Coalition Letter To US Senate, 10/7/11)
- “TRC members represent 1.8 million businesses of all sizes, from every state and from every industry sector – businesses that invest in our economy and create jobs.” (Tax Relief Coalition Letter To US Senate, 10/7/11)
US Chamber Of Commerce
National Federation Of Independent Businesses
National Association Of Manufacturers
National Association Of Wholesaler-Distributors
Associated General Contractors
International Foodservice Distributors Association