Friday, January 7, 2011

A Tale Of Two Articles

I read two different articles today from two different news sources and they have an interesting disparity among them.

House Republicans dial back on promises

Even before House Republicans took control of the chamber Wednesday, there were at least three areas where they appear to be backtracking on promises made: Cutting $100 billion in the first year, allowing opportunities for the minority party to offer amendments on bills, and making public attendance records for committee hearings.

House GOP aides are now backing off that $100 billion figure. They insist they will still cut spending back to 2008 levels, but it won't add up to $100 billion. They insist the reason is because they made the $100 billion calculation based on the budget that President Obama offered, and that budget was never enacted. Therefore, the government is currently running on lower, 2009 spending levels and that will make the dollar figure of the GOP cuts smaller.

So CNN jumped at info from unnamed congressional aides that the GOP was scrapping their $100 million budget cut pledge? That is funny considering that you know they were present at the press conference in which the Speaker himself said this:

At a news conference, Boehner, R-Ohio, also said emphatically he was standing by a pre-election pledge to cut government spending by at least $100 billion this year. "No ifs, ands or buts about it," he said, despite recent comments from other Republicans the total might be overly ambitious.


Now I will recognize the fact that he could have been lying, I'm not quite ready to fall in line behind Boehner. My point is, this article by CNN is a clear distortion of the facts as they know them and is not unlike the old trick by the National Enquirer were they would get a quote from a celeb's gardener and called them an "inside source".

Take him at his word for now and then attack later when, and if, he is found to be lying. Seems as if this is what they would have done for Pelosi (without the attacking later part of course).

I do want to make one concession to CNN though. I am also not amused with the GOP already breaking their other promises, letting the Dems add amendments and making committee attendance records public.

I don't have as much of a problem with them not allowing amendments to the health care repeal bill. First, it would be a waste of time. The Dems will just try to prevent it from coming to the floor. Second, there is a massive payback due here. The Dems did not allow any real GOP input on the health care bill so it is very disingenuous to complain now.

With that said, they need to be watched for this. They made a promise and they either need to keep it or be held accountable for lying to us.

As far as the committee assignments, this is an unforgivable sin. One of the main promises from the GOP in last years elections was more accountability, it appears they have already broken that promise and this excuse is beyond lame:

The reason? Some GOP lawmakers say they were concerned about getting slammed for missing hearings when they may have extenuating circumstances, like a death in the family.

This is pathetic. Let the left attack a member for missing a committee meeting for a death in the family. This would make them look small and pathetic and for all the disdain I have for the Democratic Party, I don't think many of them are dumb enough to attack a House member for going to his mother's funeral instead of a congressional hearing.

No, this excuse was silly to say the least. They lied, period.


Sam Huntington said...

As I understand it, the problem is this: Congress didn’t approve a budget last year. We’ve been operating on a continuing resolution, during which time the Democrats used snow shovels to throw the taxpayer’s hard-earned money out the door. How do you cut $100 billion from a non-existent budget? Moreover, the fiscal year runs from 1 October to 30 September … so the GOP will have a hard time cutting so much money from a budget that doesn't exist between now and the next nine months. The news media obviously realizes the value of half-truth and sloppy reporting.

Have you noticed that the Obama signed the health care ruination act into law just last March and already democrats are complaining that the GOP intends to deny benefits to the “entitled”? It doesn’t take long to become addicted to government largesse, does it? It is difficult to imagine Pelosi having the nerve to stand before the House of Representatives and brag about what a good job she and the Democrats did in destroying the economic foundations of the United States. Please, let us not forget Clinton’s 1993 signature led us to the housing collapse, one year before the GOP took control of Congress in 1994. I blame the GOP for not repealing that stupid provision of the law. I will blame the GOP if they refuse to do the right thing --which is why we sent them to Congress in the first place.

Mustang said...

The subject of attendance is an issue because in past congresses, some lawmakers attended general sessions and committee hearings as an exception to the rule. IMO, these people have a duty to attend all legislative sessions and committee assignments. They are "excused" if they cannot attend due to circumstances beyond their control. This is not rocket science … so I wonder why CNN is making an issue of it.

Ticker said...

Mustang said:"This is not rocket science … so I wonder why CNN is making an issue of it."

Because they are trying to make it rocket science. They haven't grasp the idea of K.I.S.S.
Oh maybe the Stupid part but the rest is beyond them.

cube said...

If the Republicans know what's good for them, they'd better keep the promises they made to get elected. The mood of the country is not a forgiving one.

BTW I just noticed that we used similar titles today.

Brooke said...

Lame, indeed. Now is not the time for Repubs to get wishy-washy, AGAIN. Have they learned nothing?

Always On Watch said...

If the GOP starts backtracking on promises -- or appears to be backtracking on promises -- the leftist media will have a field day. And, frankly, the GOP will deserve the heat dished out.

Chuck said...

Sam, as far as the budget - get out a chainsaw. I think it would be tough but I do think they could cut a $100 billion. Good point about the budget year though. As to Pelosi, she is so delusional you never know what is going to come out of her mouth.


so I wonder why CNN is making an issue of it.

because the GOP is in charge now.

We are paying them to have their asses in the seats, they need to be there unless they have a good reason.

Ticker, I don't know the acronym?

Cube, put someone in the primary against them if they don't deliver.

I copied you ;)

Brooke, not likely

AOW, I very much agree. They need to keep the media honest but if they are being honest, they need to own up to it.

Ticker said...

Ticker, I don't know the acronym?

You mean K I S S ?

Keep It Simple Stupid. Been around for years and years known as the Kiss solution.

MK said...

As 2012 rolls around and obongos reelection campaign kicks into gear, you're going to be surprised at the amount of ass-sucking by the useless msm. I wouldn't be surprised if they simply junk all standards and just print bald-faced lies about his opponents.

obongo will need all the help he can get too, i mean it's not like he's the equal of any conservative, if the rules were fair, his dumbass would never have made it this far in the first place.

As for the republicans back-tracking and weaseling, i have little faith in them, i do have faith in the TEA party though, in years to come their influence will grow and they'll be the ones who can save America, let's hope it won't be too late by the time they have that ability.

Chuck said...

Ticker, sorry - a duhhh moment

MK, the likely scenario is that the media will suck up but they have grown cold to him because even Obama isn't liberal enough for them.