Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Here's some money for dropping out...

This was from the AP this morning:

WASHINGTON - If President Bush gets his way, the venerable $255 Social Security death benefit will fade into history. And 16- and 17-year-old high school dropouts will lose their monthly survivor payments.

Oh, CRY, you poor little dropouts.

Here's a solution. STAY IN SCHOOL, dipshits.

I can't believe they even get a SS check each month as a reward for dropping out.


Oh, and as a former Mass Communication: Journalism student myself, an objective account would have read (somewhere in the beginning of the story, but certainly not first paragraph):

...President Bush's revised Social Security plan calls for elimination of a $255 death burial benefit that was established in 1939 and revised in 1952. Also eliminated will be monthly payments to 16- and 17-year-old high school dropouts.

Stupid liberally-biased media. Make it sound like he's cutting huge death benefits. Journalism is, by nature, supposed to be fact-based with no hint of the reporter's own feelings on the subject...During college media studies courses, the only source I remember illustrating objectivity was the BBC...

Oh well. Never going to change.


  • Even the BBC is no longer objective. But honestly, if you studied the nation's largest newspapers and wire services there is more of a conservative bias, than liberal one.

    But the history of journalism has always been one great struggle. Ever since the printing press was invented there have been issues with bias. It's human nature.

    By Blogger VeryApeAZ, at 1:03 PM  

  • I DID study the national papers and television news in college...very liberally-biased. You see it all the time.

    By Blogger Kiddo78, at 1:32 PM  

  • I remember my friends in high school who had less than ideal family lives. Children of single moms with deadbeat fathers. I had one friend, Allie, who had to drop out of school, to take care of her younger brother and then work nights to help the family make ends meet. School was less important than survivial of the family.

    I'm not saying that government handouts are the answer to these problems, but monthly survivor benefits for dropouts kinda sounds like one or more parent died and these kids have a real struggle ahead. Since you don't link to the article, I can't speak to what exactly it relates to.

    But I do know that your callousness is reflective of priviledge, and your attempt to show bias by flouting your creditentials as a journalism student hardly conveys objectivity, and instead shows some measure of hypocrisy.

    'Stupid liberally-biased media.' You haven't even demonstrated a liberal slant, only an anti-poverty one. Or perhaps an anti-Bush one. Which recently doesn't necessarily mean liberal.

    By Anonymous Andy, at 1:53 AM  

  • And where did you study journalism, Andy?? Apparently the only news you pay attention to is about the gay community and how disadvanteged we are. Get a job.

    By Blogger Kiddo78, at 6:11 PM  

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