WSF General Discussion/photos Aug 27, 2008 12:31:32 GMT -8
Post by BreannaK on Aug 27, 2008 12:31:32 GMT -8
This article was financed by the Evergreen Freedom Foundation, which is basically the same as Canada's Fraser Institute; i.e., a right wing lobby group, financed largely by corporate interests, or in the EFF's case, by private trusts and foundations such as the Walton family and Milton Friedman's ideological heirs, which they can claim to be private sources because they don't have a corporate name. The goal of these groups, while they seem to be presenting legitimate research, is to increase public distrust of government, public institutions such as WSF, and the idea of taxation in general, and to foster the belief that only a strongly corporatist state with a markedly shrunken public sector can provide good governance.
The EFF, like the Fraser Institute, are also strongly anti-union, and they have had a long standing propaganda war against Washington's teachers. They offer articles to newspapers and other media outlets, who run them as if they're letters to the editor, or independently written research papers, when in fact that is not the case.
There may be good points in this article, but keep in mind it comes from an organization with a very definite agenda that goes well beyond ferry financing issues.
Actually, I came to roughly the same conclusion with a writer from the Evergreen Freedom Foundation elsewhere online yesterday. They definitely only have a need to post innuendo and opinion that meets their own agenda, not necessarily to get to the truth.
I'll share my altercation from yesterday on a different ferry-related subject at this link. And, yes, sometimes I think I should just take a chill pill and relax...