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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Everything Is A Partisan Issue

LyfLines points us to a Democratic National Committee press release that uses the occasion of President Bush’s annual physical to claim:

While President Bush has made physical fitness a personal priority, his cuts to education funding have forced schools to roll back physical education classes…
How does this press release square with the facts? It doesn’t. The federal Department of Education's budget has increased under President Bush by 82.5 percent, growing from $34.9 billion in FY2001 to $63.7 billion in FY2005. The average state receives a level of grant funding that is 51 percent higher than when President Bush took office; no state has an increase less than 35 percent.

Lyford writes:

You would think that some pieces of news really don't warrant partisan comment. One of those pieces of news, you'd assume, would be the results of the President's yearly physical exam. The President gets checked out, he's in good health, everyone moves on, right? Wrong. Everything - EVERYTHING - is apparently a partisan issue now.
A partisan comment, we might add, with no basis in fact.


At 10:23 PM, Blogger Jack said...

Cold comments for the Perspective today enlighten! By the way,we do not pretend to be "Washington Insiders" because we work at a congressional office. Not too many 17 year olds could pass as big time politicos, after all. For right now we've decided not to say which congressman just cause we don't want the blog to be partisan. So many blogs have a particular readership. We want a broad one.

We started the blog so that we could give insight without traditional partisan stances as well as some humor. However, we enjoy hearing partisan replies, so please come back!

At 10:28 PM, Blogger Jack said...

p.s. You'd be suprised how little many people who work at congressional offices know about govt. I bet very few know what percentage of the budget is for defense.

At 12:14 AM, Blogger Enlighten said...

Jack, Good for you for getting involved! More people of all ages should. We didn't think you were a pretending to be a "Washington Insider", but it's pretty clear you're a partisan. Nothing wrong with that, but neutral your blog is not.

Unfortunately, we are not surprised by your observation of how little many people who work in congressional offices know about the federal budget and government. It’s probably best you not identify the congressman you work for; at this point it wouldn’t be in your best interest.

Anyway, learn as much as you can and enjoy the experience. Who knows maybe one day you'll be Congressman Jack. Now if we can just get you to appreciate the conservative point of view we'd be more excited at the prospect.

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Jack said...

My blog does express opinions, because, after all, if all we wanted to do was be a news service, it'd be hard to compete with the mainstream media.

I'm not going to say we're as conservative as you, however, I don't believe we're on the complete opposite side of the spectrum. In my posts, I like to bring a different perspective or analysis, besides simply a cookie cutter stance. I don't doubt that often what I write reveals my opinions on major issues though, same goes for Sam. Later.

- Jersey Perspective

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...


Lautenberg or Corzine?

At 8:45 PM, Blogger Jack said...

Hahaha, is that just a sociologically educated guess? A guy in Montclair would either seek out his own congressman or the higher profile senator?

At first I thought the question was simply asking which one I preferred, to which I don't know, they have almost identical voting records, and they work for similar, if not the same, initiatives. Who do you prefer? (don't say Lautenberg because he's old and will go sooner)

- Jack

At 9:01 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

Let’s just say a little birdie told us you work for a Senator.

At 9:59 PM, Blogger Sam said...


I appreciate the support you've given our blog, I really do. But reveal your source, my blogging brother. Reveal your source!

At 10:33 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...


Now, would it be any fun if we told you our source?

You two just enjoy your experience, soon enough you'll out in the "real world". Once you're out of school and you get your first "real" job - you'll know what we mean.


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