I see the local blog wars have surfaced again this morning. Over on Rebane’s Ruminations, an opinion piece by hyper-capitalist Mike McDaniel has been refuted by some guy named Justin over at the Sierra Foothills Report. Being that Wednesday is my deadline day at The Union, I don’t have the time to go into detailed critiques of the ongoing debate between the forces of progressivism Vs. conservatism. However, I can make a few quick observations.
I have long held the belief that the progressive movement would never have gotten off the ground had it not been for the greed of wealthy industrialists in the early days of the 20th Century. Working conditions were abysmal, and the smaller and weaker government of the day was bought and sold by the robber barons. Reform was needed to avoid the kind of worker revolution that engulfed Russia.
The progressives and unions helped the average jane and joe to have some dignity and protection in the workplace, but over the years have become a destructive leviathan of their own. Union-run government is no better than corporate government.
In his introduction, SFR’s Jeff Pelline notes that George Rebane’s opinion pieces on KVMR take up too much airtime. Really? If I’m wrong, please correct me, but I believe Paul Emery has a long-standing invitation to Jeff for equal time. (And to be clear, equal time amounts to two minutes a month.)
Over at Rebane’s, the conservatives argue that Jeff only presents one side of the story, but that’s not entirely true. In his ongoing jihad against The Union’s paywall, Jeff has definitely covered both sides of the argument. Check it out for yourself… http://sierrafoothillsreport.com/2009/02/28/hearst-to-lead-charge-of-for-web-content/