In his most recent column, Mark Steyn is (as he often is) onto something. He finds it quite curious that our friends in the overlapping circles of the Democratic leadership and legacy media are clucking about contraception in the same time frame the president releases his budget showing an ever accumulating mountain of public debt:
At such a moment, it may seem odd to find the political class embroiled in a bitter argument about the Obama administration’s determination to force Catholic institutions (and, indeed, my company and your company, if you’re foolish enough still to be in business in the United States) to provide free prophylactics to their employees. The received wisdom among media cynics is that Obama has engaged in an ingenious bit of misdirection by seizing on a pop-culture caricature of Republicans and inviting them to live up to it: Those uptight squares with the hang-ups about fornication have decided to force you to lead the same cheerless sex lives as them. I notice that in their coverage NPR and the evening news shows generally refer to the controversy as being about “contraception,” discreetly avoiding mention of sterilization and pharmacological abortion, as if the GOP have finally jumped the shark in order to prevent you jumping anything at all.
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The notion that an all-powerful government would distract from its looming bankruptcy by introducing a universal contraceptive mandate would strike most novelists as almost too pat in its symbolism.
Meanwhile, as the Treasury Secretary testifies that the president’s budget is “unsustainable,” our friends in the legacy media so ready to pounce on any Republican hand-wringing on contraception are, as John Hinderaker reports, nowhere to be found:
Every newspaper in America is absorbed with Rick Santorum’s views on birth control. The fiscal future of our country and the trillions of dollars of debt that the Obama administration is heaping on our children are topics of remarkably little interest. I searched three leading liberal newspapers, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times: neither the New York Times nor the L.A. Times had run a single story about the Congressional hearings on the FY 2013 budget.