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Politicians Use Distraction and Avoid What's Important

Recorded on April 10, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.


Politics was once considered the art of the possible.  Today it's often the art of distraction.


The enormity of government is too big to grasp.  So much of the media focus instead on what the political class choose to talk about--diversions.


The woe for millions of out-of-work Americans gets less notice than hyped-up rhetoric.  We're fed propaganda like claiming that some politicians are at war against women, or that the job of a judge is to agree with the President, or that government should punish the successful and give away their money to others.


The public's top concern is the economy and jobs.  Yet red tape, out-of-control spending, and expectations of higher taxes are strangling growth.


That's bad news for elected officials.  So in time-honored fashion, they change the subject.  Too bad that a lot of the media just plays along.


From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.