Rush Limbaugh has written Mr. President, Keep the Airwaves Free today at Wall Street Journal Online. It addresses the issues around the potential re-implementation of Fairness Doctrine is some form. It is worth your time in reading it.
Two interesting points in his letter to the President. First, regard Mr Obama’s duty as President to uphold the Constitution :
As a former president of the Harvard Law Review and a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, you are more familiar than most with the purpose of the Bill of Rights: to protect the citizen from the possible excesses of the federal government. The First Amendment says, in part, that “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” The government is explicitly prohibited from playing a role in refereeing among those who speak or seek to speak. We are, after all, dealing with political speech — which, as the Framers understood, cannot be left to the government to police.
Second, the history behind the ending of the Fairness Doctrine:
After the Federal Communications Commission abandoned the Fairness Doctrine in the mid-1980s, Congress passed legislation to reinstitute it. When President Reagan vetoed it, he declared that “This doctrine . . . requires Federal officials to supervise the editorial practices of broadcasters in an effort to ensure that they provide coverage of controversial issues and a reasonable opportunity for the airing of contrasting viewpoints of those issues. This type of content-based regulation by the Federal Government is . . . antagonistic to the freedom of expression guaranteed by the First Amendment. . . . History has shown that the dangers of an overly timid or biased press cannot be averted through bureaucratic regulation, but only through the freedom and competition that the First Amendment sought to guarantee.”
Although I do not support this “fairness” be re-applied, but if it is, it needs to be applied to all forms of media. There are certain media outlets that do not promote fairness on their stories. But, we all known this is unconstitutional. So, we should not waste all this hot air on this topic. Let us get back our focus on getting the economy back on track. 🙂
On Rush’s show Monday, he shared his proposed bi-partisan stimulus plan. It sounds much better than what is being discussed by the President or the Democratic Congressional leaders. Check it out here.
Update 29 January 2009:
If you missed it on the Rush Limbaugh Show, you can read his opinion piece on this plan at the WSJ. Read it here. Do you think this would be considered since the House passed their bill on party line with the exception of 11 democrats?
Just this week, Barack Obama campaign has aired a Spanish political ad invoking Rush Limbaugh.
Well, several pundits have weighed in on this ad:
• Politico: Limbaugh, Hitting Back Over Usage In Ad, Says Obama “Stoking Racism”
• ABC: From the Fact Check Desk: Obama’s New Spanish Language TV Ad Es Erróneo
• Powerline: The Most Hateful Ad Ever?
• Washington Post: Obama Invokes Rush Limbaugh in New Spanish-Language Ads
Just hearing about it, it is just another Democrat playing same card as always, the race card, and get away with it. So, I figured that if they used snippets from Rush’s show, they probably took them out of context.
From the Wall Street Journal, Mackubin Thomas Owens writes in his article who really is to blame for the high gas prices and/or oil prices: Congress. I could not agree more with it.
We tend to forget who is also making huge profits in taxing gasoline, the government:
Indeed, as oil industry executives reiterated in their appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 21, 15% of the cost of gasoline at the pump goes for taxes, while only 4% represents oil company profits.
Here is the solution:
If Congress really cared about the economic well-being of American citizens, it would stop fulminating against IOCs and reverse current policies that discourage, indeed prohibit, the production of domestic oil and natural gas. Even the announcement that Congress was opening the way for domestic production would lead to downward pressure on oil prices.
Yes, we did need to remove the shackles that our politicians place around our energy policy because today’s extreme environmentalists demand we go green.
In fact, someone did something similar to get us out of the funk in the 1970s. Who? It was Ronald Reagan. What did he do?
Reagan’s deregulation of crude oil prices created incentives for domestic producers to invest in exploration and to increase production. The threat of increased output by non-OPEC producers destroyed the discipline among OPEC members necessary to restrict production to maintain high prices. Facing the likelihood that an increase in supply would lead to lower future prices, OPEC producers increased output in the hopes of maximizing profits before prices fell. The cascading effect caused oil prices to tumble.