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Jun 15, 1976 - Plains, Georgia, U.S. President JIMMY CARTER takes a forceful swing during a softball game at his alma mater - Plains High School in Plains, Georgia. Catching is James Wooten of The New York Times and the ump is Ralph Nader dressed in a heavy wool…
"The idea enjoys some bipartisan and business support, but is likely to encounter strong resistance from Congressional Republicans, who will portray it as a tax on energy producers. The White House says the money will come from growth in drilling revenue from leases on public lands and waters over the next decade and is not a new tax."
Witness the laziest he-said-she-said paragraph you’ll read all week. Surely whether this is a new tax or not is something that a journalist can and should find out. But instead we get “Partisan A says X and Partisan B says Z—who’s to say who’s right?” FFS. Plus I would actually like to know who is right! What use is this article if it can’t tell me what the policy proposal actually is?