One of the goals of “Fort Buckley” is to showcase some of the best conservative political writers on the Web. There are none better than the authors of Powerline. Powerline was started by Minneapolis lawyers Scott Johnson and John Hinderaker. Sick of reading and hearing nothing but liberal media, they decided to do something about it, and Powerline was born.
They helped lead the conservative blogosphere response when “60 Minutes” ran a story based on, as Wikipedia puts it, “documents critical of President George W. Bush’s service in the Air National Guard.” Dubbed “Rathergate” (for CBS News personality Dan Rather, who reported the story), the resulting media firestorm left CBS embarassed and Rather’s reputation in tatters. I.e., Powerline has proven it can hunt and bag big game.
This post, from yesterday’s Powerline has some of the most powerful pictures I’ve yet seen, on the future consequences of the explosion in federal spending. (Actually, the real impact is on our grandchildren, whose money we’re spending.)
Follow the links, if you dare, to see:
- The projected share of federal debt, per household, from 2000 to 2022.
- Projected share of federal spending per household, also from 2000 to 2022.
The Powerline story says that the charts are from “the Senate Budget Committee.” To be clear, they’re probably from Republican members and staffers of the Senate Budget Committee. I can’t imagine a bipartisan Congressional committee—much less one in the Democrat-controlled Senate—putting out a chart that’s so useful for one party and unhelpful to the other. Nevertheless, the charts (and the Powerline article) make clear that the computations are based on the president’s 2013 budget figures. Anyone who doubts what the charts say is free to do the math on their own.
“Why do we have too much debt,” writes John Hinderaker, the article’s author. “It’s no mystery; we have too much spending.”
As a lawyer, Hinderaker apparently knows that graphics are great ways to educate and convince jurors. He certainly knows how to use them well.
FYI, the phrase “Pajamas Media” was coined during the Rathergate controversy. When criticism of the “60 Minutes” story started to gather steam, a former CBS news executive disparaged blogs by saying they were created by “a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing.” They lacked the “multiple layers of checks and balances” used by professional news organizations.
Somewhere in obscurity, I doubt Dan Rather is laughing at “bloggers in pajamas” anymore.
(All emphasis in this article is mine).