Time Glorifies 'Social' Liberal Republicans
What does it take to be called a â€śNew Action Heroâ€ť by Time magazine? A left-wing political agenda that includes global warming, publicly-funded stem cell research, radical gun control, government-subsidized housing or an 18 percent tax hike sometime during your term in office.
Those were the gushing words Time Magazineâ€™s Michael Grunwald used to describe New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger â€“ both Republicans in name, but were deceptively labeled â€śsocial liberalsâ€ť by Grunwald. That characterization minimized the way such liberal positions expand government and cost taxpayers.
The June 15 article confirmed that left-wing politicians get preferential treatment from the media when they embrace radical environmental causes.
â€śLook at global warming,â€ť wrote Grunwald, â€ś
Time portrayed Bloomberg as brilliant for suggesting a congestion fee for driving into
Similarly, Time lionized Schwarzenegger for his posturing on the climate change issue.
â€śWith his Hummers, his private plane and his conspicuous delight in conspicuous consumption, Schwarzenegger is an unlikely environmentalist, but he's become a global salesman for the war on carbon,â€ť wrote Grunwald, â€śHis message, as usual, is that the naysayers are wrong: you can clean up the environment and still have a growing economy with big houses and big cars.â€ť
Grunwaldâ€™s article comes as the liberal media tries to frame left-winged issues for the 2008 presidential election. Timeâ€™s corporate counterpart CNN showed their true colors when Wolf Blitzer lobbied GOP presidential contenders to be more like Schwarzenegger at a recent Republican debate.
Timeâ€™s â€śNew Action Heroes,â€ť Schwarzenegger and Bloomberg, are credited for acting like liberals on domestic issues, especially when the federal government wonâ€™t. Grunwald praised Schwarzenegger for moving forward on climate change.
Along that same line, Time quoted Bruce Katz, who said, â€śNature abhors a vacuum. And the vacuum at the national level is immense.â€ť Katz is the director of metropolitan policy at the left-wing Brookings Institution.
Bloomberg was given credit, instead of criticism, for raising property taxes an incredible 18 percent â€śto attack the deficitâ€ť left behind from Rudy Giuliani, who had just dealt with the Sept. 11 attacks.
Time also credited Bloomberg with engineering a hostile takeover of the cityâ€™s schools, but as Fred Siegel and Michael Goodwin pointed out in the May 16 issue of The Weekly Standard, despite an incredible $4 billion in additional spending and an annual budget of over $16 billion, student performance has not significantly increased â€“ something the Time Magazine article neglected to point out.
Schwarzenegger has not proved to support smaller government either. He pushed a $3 billion referendum to adopt