Friday, June 27, 2008

I Thought Liberals Hated Monopolies

WARNING: This post contains a long run-on sentence. Reader attention spans are advised.

Oh look: Molly's, like, trying to write about the coming economic catastrophe again in her usual breezy, snarky and totally clueless manner we have all come to revile. How cute!

You thought the average 15.5 percent home-price decline in the Twin Cities was bad? Start saving your pennies, stamps, and future eBay-auction items now. According to a new report (pdf) by the Center for Economic Policy and Research, the vast majority of families headed by people between the ages of 45 and 54 will have little or no housing wealth by next year due to unregulated lending practices and the resulting housing crash.

I love it when paid leftist propagandists cite "a new report" by some heretofore unheard of organization in order to predict (with absolute certainty - IT'S IN A REPORT) some dire crisis that will affect a "vast majority" of a segment of the population in some future date that is far enough away that we will have conveniently forgotten about the report by the time it is proven false. Oh, and the election will over. In the case of Molly's latest drooling, "some time next year".

Yes, I know, assigning the likes of Molly to the business and economics beat is kind of like assigning Molly the latest trends in personal hygiene beat. She''s easy to dismiss as a naif who's never owned a share of stock in her life. But here, she has cited A Report from an august sounding organization. So maybe we ought to take a look at this organization to see what it's all about.

Please stand by.

{googling}

{Long time readers will already know what's coming next. Please keep your mouths shut so you don't spoil it for the others.}

{clicking through to Center for Economic Policy and Research website.}

{Noting to self how site has a similar feel to some I have visited before}

{Scanning links}

...

{Scanning...}

...

Aha! There it is:

Our Funders

The Center for Economic and Policy Research is proud of the support that we receive. Approximately 80% of our funding comes from grants made by foundations. We are also supported by an ever-growing number of individuals who have made personal donations to our work. To join our ranks of individuals donors, click on Donate Now. [Link has been disabled. They'll have no problems getting funding, as you will discover shortly. -ed.]

CEPR does not receive any funding from corporations, unions, or foreign governments.

Foundation support in 2008 includes:

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Nathan Cummings Foundation

The Ford Foundation

The Meyer Foundation

The Moriah Fund, Inc.

***The Open Society Institute***

The Retirement Research Foundation

The Russell Sage Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Streisand Foundation

Washington Area Women's Foundation

There's that "Open Society Institute" again! That name just keeps popping up like a bad Soros huffing Viagras.

So now we have that far left wing currency speculator (I thought speculators were supposed to be bad now?) George Soros through his pet tax shelter, OSI, funding:

MorOn.org - Your one-stop shop for hatchet-jobbery done on behalf of (but not in coordination with - oh no, that'd be wrong) the Democratic Party.

Media Matters - Media watchdog group that specializes in combating "conservative misinformation in the media." As such on that site, "the media" tends to consist almost entirely of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.

The Center for "Independent" Media - Runs several "non-partisan" (battleground) state-based "media outlets" that spew forth all manner of leftist drivel / character assassinations.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington: A "non-partisan" ethics watchdog that specializes in suing Republicans, and making endless FOIA requests regarding Republicans.

Approdeh - An outfit that lobbies on behalf of South American terrorist organizations.

And now...

The Center for Economic Policy and Research - Issues bogus reports that can be cited by all of the above as authoritative. Kind of like money laundering.

If Soros wanted to do some good, how about getting into oil exploration? It'd be a much bigger public benefit than flooding the internet with, *ahem* liberal disinformation, forcing us to sift through tons of incestuous citations masquerading as "independent media" just to find out that it's just more bullshit propaganda that should be ignored anyway.

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