“The problem with this city,” former Sen. Bob Dole once cracked, “Is that the second demagogue doesn’t stand a chance.” Today, the demagogues will converge on Capitol Hill, represented by their spiritual leader — and our pal — Lou Dobbs.
That’s right, TV personality and demagogue Lou Dobbs is testifiying on Capitol Hill. “On what topic?” you might ask. Demagoguery? How to turn good news into bad news? How to twist data to fit your own ends? How to ignore years of economics training at Harvard in shameless pursuit of ratings?
Nope. Lou is coming to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on — get this — Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. Guess they didn’t have one on demagoguery. The topic is, “Trade, Foreign Policy and the American Worker,” vaguely fitting under the expansive jurisdiction of this committee. Funny, we thought the Ways and Means Committee handled trade. Truth is, Charlie Rangel is too smart to allow his committee to be used as a platform for a commentator with an ax to grind.
We’ll keep you posted on what Lou says, but just as a wild guess, we’re figuring he’ll continue to weave his yarn about the war on the middle class and continue to blame trade agreements for our trade deficit. He’s mostly wrong on the first point and flat wrong on the second (just check out this chart, if you don’t believe us), but as we always say, never let the facts get in the way of a good story — or your ratings.
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