Ever ponder why Democrats don’t get blamed for the shutdown?
By Foster Friess
This blatantly biased distortion might explain:
“Late Tuesday the Republican-led House (my emphasis) shut down a temporary funding agreement that would have restored appropriations to the District of Columbia, Veteran Affairs, and the 401-unit National Park Service.”
Not a single Republican voted against funding. It was the 164 Democrats voting “nay” who prevented the required 2/3rds for passage. Voting for funding were all 264 Republican joined by 33 Democrats.
A different reporter rendered this:
“Democrats in Congress have made it clear they do not plan to negotiate with Republicans in any fashion… (this) was evident Tuesday when House Democrats killed a GOP bill (my emphasis) aimed at reopening small slices of the federal establishment.”
But omissions as well as distortions impact public perception. Have you seen a single media outlet call out Harry Reid for his bellowing into TV cameras, “What right do they have to pick and choose what parts of government to fund?”
What Right? Right? Article 1, Section 7, of the U.S. Constitution gives the House not only the right but the responsibility for beginning the taxing/spending process. The Senate then may offer changes and must ultimately approve before sending to the President.
Who in the media has pointed out the hypocrisy of President Obama’s selectivity? Did you happen to see the Army and Navy football coaches racing up and down the sidelines of Saturday’s game? As the highest paid federal employees, their combined salaries exceed $2,000,000. They obviously were not among the 800,000 furloughed.
Thankfully, President Obama chose to leave 95% of medical personnel in Veterans Administration hospitals on-duty. The president selectively, unilaterally and perhaps unconstitutionally told major corporations, large donors and employers that they could ignore the law for the next year and need not provide health insurance for their employees.
He left in place the requirement for individuals to sign up for government controlled healthcare. He chose to single-handedly give members of Congress and their staff subsidies that are not available to you and me.
A handful of Democrats can do this picking and choosing but constitutionally empowered House of Representatives Republicans representing everyday Americans and bolstered by a bipartisan 264 to 164 vote cannot. Where in the media have we seen this hypocrisy and double standard revealed, much less condemned?
Additionally, the “Republican-led House” passed H.R. 2216 on June 4 that funded veterans’ needs for an entire year. It still languishes in the “Democrat-led Senate,” as Reid blocks its advance. Congress and the Clinton administration agreed in 1995, on a bill that assured veteran’s programs were not harmed by what became a 21-day government shutdown.
Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith said, “The President can’t continue to complain about the impact of the government shutdown on veterans while pledging to veto a bill to help them.”
The President barricaded the open air Lincoln Memorial for the first time ever. It remained open during all previous 17 shutdowns. Similarly barricaded was a Virginia colonial farm tourist attraction operated by an entrepreneurial, family-owned small business. It receives no federal dollars but resides on federal land.
The same happened at Philadelphia’s privately run City Tavern where our Founding Fathers forged our free country. The Obama administration not only lost tax revenue but incurred barricading costs and hurt “the little guy.”
Why isn’t there media outrage about spending money in the obvious effort to inflict pain on the American public so Republicans will be blamed? Not only did Democrats close Mount Rushmore but they even cordoned off the pullouts along the highway.
What are John Boehner’s “unreasonable” demands?
1) a conference with the Senate,
2) that out of a sense of fairness, President Obama reschedule the requirement for individuals to sign up for government controlled healthcare as he did for major corporations, large donors and employers, and
3) treat members of Congress and their staffs the same way you treat everyday Americans like you and me.
Even two left leaning pundits on MSNBC fretted that these votes could cause the American people to see through Harry Reid’s rhetoric and blame the Democrats for the shutdown.
Here’s Harry Reid’s ”Why would we want to do that” (1.25 minute) answer to Republicans’ proposal to treat kids with cancer:
Most of the media will continue to distort reality and omit important information; therefore, you have my blessings to replace my name with yours to the above and submit it to your local paper as a guest editorial or letter to the editor.