The Boy in the (Media) Bubble

The network news and a lot of folks on the Internet were touting the photo below of the disappointed child locked out of the National Zoo in Washington because of the government shut down.  Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News seemed about to burst into tears over the photo, while bemoaning how this image exemplified the “high cost” of the government shutdown.

Of course, it would be too much to ask anyone in the media to imagine a photo of this same young boy, all grown up 30 years from now, facing slow growth, stagnant wages, and a punitive tax rate to pay for the debt we’re piling up relentlessly today.  In that photo, he won’t be standing outside of a closed federal facility like the zoo; he’ll be standing outside of Congress brandishing a pitchfork, since he’ll be unemployed or underemployed.


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