Bias still creeps in

Either few teachers are teaching or few students are paying heed. Why else would unbiased news reporting be so scarce?

 

In the Associated Press’’ “Ryan blasts high-tax big-government states” in The Augusta Chronicle on Oct. 13, the reader is led to sympathize with states that put more tax money into the federal government than they get back. In reality, they have spoiled their populations with unreasonable demands, and go above and beyond what the federal guidelines say they will match funds for.

Suppose you pay $100 in taxes to your state every year and you get $200 in food stamps every month for your family when you lose your job, but your brother in New York pays $1,000 in taxes every year and gets $1,000 per month in food stamps. The federal government has made a cut-off of $500 per month as reasonable help, and matches the states’ contributions, dollar for dollar up to that amount.

So, while the people of New York get quite a bit more when unemployed, it is because they have chosen to live under a higher taxation rate. The article made it appear as though the high-tax states had no say so as to how they became high-tax states, as though the onus is on all of us to ante up for their wants.

The good news is that when your brother realizes all this, he decides to move to Georgia or some other lower-taxed state. The high-tax states become less populated and the lower-populated rural states become more populated.

TV is worse: ABC’s lead topics flash across the screen “Unraveling Obamacare” and “Confronting Iran.” Quickly, I turn off the set when I realize those colored (biased) words would have been struck by my 10th-grade English teacher when teaching us how to write objectively.

Priscilla Bence

Martinez

 

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