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July 15, 2011

Consider it “The 1456th Rail” of American Politics

One of the ways you can tell Congress is serious about our fiscal crisis and the looming possibility of a debt default that would result in “catastrophic economic consequences that would last for decades,” is its devotion to focusing laser-like on problem.

Take, for example, Senator Kay Hagan and Representative Tammy Baldwin, who have joined together to show the American people they understand the constraints the government must live under.

By proposing to spend $40 million a year to “promote media literacy and youth empowerment programs.”

Called the “Healthy Media for Youth Act,” the proposed bill would also:

“Authorize research on the role and impact of depictions of girls and women in the media, to provide for the establishment of a National Task Force on Girls and Women in the Media, and for other purposes.”

Choices have to be made, people, hard choices, choices that aren’t going to make everyone happy, but we still must live up to the commitments we have made as a nation.

Such as addressing the growing crisis that:

“Competition over narrow beauty standards and attention from boys… damages girls’ friendships.”

If examining the friendships formed among adolescent girls isn’t an essential function of the federal government, what is, we ask you? What is?

Addressing this, one of the aims of the grant program would be:

“Promoting healthy, balanced, and positive media depictions of girls and women among youth.”

Just so you know, you should not find it at all chilling that the federal government wants to fund research that would “promote” state-approved forms of speech and expression.

It’s for the children, you know.

Besides, when they say, “media,” all they mean is:

“The term ‘media’ includes television programs, motion pictures, video games, music and music videos, the Internet, social media, digital video recorders, cell phones, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, and other emerging technologies designed for communication, entertainment, education, or information.”

But other than that, your right to free speech remains totally uninfringed.

Regardless, in a moment when major credit agencies are considering downgrading US Government debt out of concerns over high deficits and a lack of credible action to address them, it is good to know that at least some politicians in Congress know how to prioritize, such as spending money to investigate why:

“More than half of girls (55 percent) admit they diet to lose weight.”

In totally unrelated news:

Obesity Epidemic Continues to Spread.”

J.

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I would love to know the thought process that went into this.

Posted by: barryjo | Jul 16, 2011 7:37:26 AM

Has anyone considered drug testing for politicians?

Posted by: John | Jul 16, 2011 11:29:19 AM

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