Thursday, October 4, 2007

$5,000? Really??? Um...NO!

It doesn't take much for certain spinmeisters to spin webs of virtual lies and certain confusion, does it?

Take the recent comment by Senator Clinton, to wit: "I like the idea of giving every baby born in America a $5,000 account that will grow over time, so that when that young person turns 18 if they have finished high school they will be able to access it to go to college or maybe they will be able to make that downpayment on their first home."

Somehow that comment has become fodder for the punditry such as housed over at Larry Elder, for instance, has penned a diatribe against Mrs. Clinton's plan with this headline: Senator Hillary Wants to Give You $5,000!

Moi? Are you sure?

Mr. Elder goes on to discuss the specifics of the plan, "Sen. Clinton specifically talks about using the "baby bond" account for college." That's it. One specific. The remainder of the screed is dedicated to quoting such stalwarts as Thomas Sowell showing how such a plan would do nothing to allay college tuition.

Of course, the question which Mr. Elder does not address is the question about exactly where Mrs. Clinton is supposed to have formulated a plan of execution for this "want" he claims she has.

The Clinton camp has specifically stated that this supposed "plan," in spite of questionable inferences by persons taking a comment out of context, "is not a policy proposal."

To Mr. Elder: Sir, verify your source and stick to the facts, please. An idea is not a want.

To readers: Trust, but verify. The former might be very difficult; the latter less so.

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