CBS Says Thanks for Nothing
Thanksgiving provided CBS with an
opportunity to offer a verdict on what eight years of Reaganomics has
meant to America.
Reporter Bob McNamara began an Evening
News story: "Seattle: the Pacific Northwest's most polished,
prosperous city. With the rich bounty of its nearby waters, and its
orchids, on the face of it these seem the best of times. But here, as
elsewhere, times could hardly be worse for thousands. Today, soup
kitchens feed more people than ever, and sadly, more families, more
McNamara acknowledged 16 million new jobs
have been "created across the country in this decade, but," he
cautioned, "there's a cruel hitch. A recent Senate Committee report
says that of those new jobs, half of them pay wages below the poverty
level for a family of four."
The report he accepted at face value,
McNamara failed to note, was prepared by the Democratic staff of the
Senate Budget Committee which had to use statistics going back to 1979
to make its case. The same Census Bureau Current Population Survey
figures the Democrats used show just the opposite after eliminating the
Carter years from the average. Since 1982, 61 percent of new jobs pay
$20,800 a year or higher, twice the poverty level for a family of four.
Ignoring this fact, McNamara concluded
that "for more and more young families," on Thanksgiving Day
1988, there is "little to be thankful for."
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