Inside the Beltway
Democratic activists are taking on Fox News. Again. And just in time for summer vacation.
“Orbitz, the online travel site that touts its sustainability measures, encourages customers to offset the carbon emissions from travel, promotes eco-tourism, green hotels and hybrid rental cars. Unfortunately, Orbitz undermines all of those laudable efforts by advertising on Fox News, the most pernicious and voluminous source of climate denial misinformation,” says Bob Fertik, president of Democrats.com.
“Fox’s anti-climate agenda is actively slowing our ability to protect the planet. And green-touting Orbitz sponsors climate denial with every ad they run on Fox. Orbitz has a choice. It can stand by its commitment to protect our planet or it can continue to support Fox News with its advertising dollars. We think the choice is a no-brainer. That’s why we’re demanding that Orbitz pull their ads from Fox now.”
ECONOMY OF WORDS
Among many things, it rejects tax increases and keeps federal tax levels at 18.5 percent of gross domestic product. And that would be a new “Saving the American Dream,” a fiscal plan from the Heritage Foundation to wrest control of the nation’s economy, with an empathetic eye toward young adults, seniors, families, entrepreneurs and low-income workers.
“The Heritage plan quickly brings the federal budget in balance, keeps it permanently balanced, and starts paying down the debt — all without increasing taxes,” co-editor Stuart Butler says. “Instead, we solve our spending and debt crises by immediately getting entitlements under control, reshaping the role of government, and creating a simple, growth-oriented tax system with greater savings incentives for all Americans.”
See the many details at www.savingthedream.org.
POLL DU JOUR
• 65 percent of Americans give negative reviews to the state of the nation’s “moral values.”
80 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of independents and 52 percent of Democrats agree; 76 percent of conservatives, 62 percent of moderates and 50 percent of liberals also agree.
• 14 percent of Americans overall give the nation’s morals a positive review.
7 percent of Republicans, 14 percent of independents and 19 percent of Democrats agree; 6 percent of conservatives, 17 percent of moderates and 20 percent of liberals also agree.
• 18 percent overall give the moral state of the nation a “mixed” review.
11 percent of Republicans, 18 percent of independents and 24 percent of Democrats agree; 16 percent of conservatives, 17 percent of moderates and 23 percent of liberals also agree.
Source: A Gallup Poll of 1,018 U.S. adults conducted May 5 to 8 and released Tuesday.
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