Obscenity is clearly in the eye of the beholder.
Item 1 – Let’s Cut Taxes for the Ultra-Wealthy. So, did you think that massive tax cuts for the absolute wealthiest members of society would be off the table in this new era? After all, we now have trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, as we clean up from the decades-long party thrown by (who else?) the ultra wealthy. Well, you’d be wrong.
Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) have introduced legislation to make sure the 0.2% of the population subject to the current estate tax get to pass on more of their wealth, thereby adding nearly $500 billion to the national debt and further locking in the horrific stratification between classes in our society.
Item 2 – Teenagers Guilty of Child Porn? Yep, only in America could teenagers who take naked pictures of themselves and keep pics of their boyfriends and girlfriends be arrested on child pornography charges. That’s what’s happening in several states nationwide. Adults may question the judgment of kids being kids, but the fact is that 20% of teens engage in this sort of thing. And now these perfectly normal teenagers could be subject to long prison terms and having to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives. Perhaps the government should take the time and money devoted to these prosecutions and put it towards throwing more pot smokers in jail.
Item 3 – Nanny State Shuts Down Campus Cinema. Oh the outrage! Students at the University of Maryland recently decided to show a porn film at the student union. Right-wing state legislators stepped in to stop the horror, threatening the school’s $424 million state subsidy over the issue. And, rather than stand up for freedom of speech, the school’s president saluted and stopped the screening.
Meanwhile, many of these same wing nuts were trying to kill a new state law allowing speed cameras near schools and work zones. Their complaint? Stopping speeders would be an intrusion on civil liberties!
So, let me get this straight. The “right” to kill people with assault weapons and drive over the speed limit needs to be protected, but kids snapping pictures and young adults watching porn require immediate state intervention?
©2009 Keith Berner