Liberal number two: University of Montana professor Christopher Muste, who put Baucus on the right-wing fringe. Muste "says while Baucus is considered a progressive on many social and environmental issues, he's become a conservative anchor for the Democratic Party on fiscal issues."
To suggest there is a "conservative anchor" in the Democratic Party is to flirt with a mental walk on the wild side. That's like suggesting there's a conservative anchor at...NPR. Muste warned Baucus is "very cautious" and "cautiousness makes him even more moderate in a lot of his policy actions."
NPR suggested on health care that, "Baucus angered many liberal Democrats when he took the public option off the table in a failed attempt to bring more conservative Republicans onboard." Muste added, "So I think he's got to view this bipartisan commission as one of his few chances to actually really come back and reestablish his credibility as one of the key players in deficit reduction in Congress."
Did you catch that? Baucus has to "reestablish his credibility" on deficit reduction by pleasing liberal Democrats. That would mean by increasing taxes and refusing to touch Obamacare, Medicare and Social Security -- anything.
Right after this came another statism story: the endless rerun of billionaire Warren Buffett beating his breast and insisting he's dramatically undertaxed. I'm bored just writing that. NPR anchor Melissa Block interviewed Joseph Thorndike so he could denounce the under-taxation of the rich.
Buffett can pontificate ad infinitum on this, perhaps because he knows NPR will not point out the obvious: Buffett doesn't live by his own credo. He could, but won't, write out his own check to the government. In fact, he does just the opposite, pouring more and more into the (liberal) Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, thus protecting his money from federal taxation. In July, he parked another $1.5 billion there, bringing his total to $9.5 billion.
Buffett and Gates have both argued for a stiffer estate tax, which this foundation craftily avoids. To real journalists, this would be a story, but not at NPR.