Man, we really need an updated Schoolhouse Rock, because the old “how a bill becomes a law” one doesn’t include anything about terrorists, hostages or jihad — and that’s apparently part of the process now.
One of the latest examples can be found in an op-ed in (and I know this will surprise you)… the New York Times entitled “The Tea Party’s War on America”:
You know what they say: Never negotiate with terrorists. It only encourages them.
These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people. Their intransigent demands for deep spending cuts, coupled with their almost gleeful willingness to destroy one of America’s most invaluable assets, its full faith and credit, were incredibly irresponsible. But they didn’t care. Their goal, they believed, was worth blowing up the country for, if that’s what it took.
Part of why I find this kind of “the Tea Party held the political system hostage” talk ironic is that it’s often accompanied by wishes that President Obama would have invoked the 14th Amendment and unilaterally raised the debt ceiling, as was the case in the above diatribe (really, once you’ve gone the “suicide bomber” route to describe political opponents with budget disagreements you haven’t left yourself much wiggle room for future demagoguery). All I know is that if George W. Bush would have invoked the 14th and skirted Congress in order to raise the debt ceiling, the left would be accusing him of… you guessed it: Holding the country hostage.
One more claim:
America’s real crisis is not a debt crisis. It’s an unemployment crisis. Yet this agreement not only doesn’t address unemployment, it’s guaranteed to make it worse.
No it isn’t. But don’t take my word for it:
Remember this comment from this morning, and cite it, and repeat it, the next time you hear some Democrat argue that the debt ceiling deal somehow hurt the economy:
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: So this won’t cost us jobs?
TIM GEITHNER: No, it will not.
Hey, maybe Turbo Tim is really a hobbit wearing a suicide vest — a secret plant of the right wing jihadist Tea Party.
“Here I’m hugging Gabby and Michele Bachmann,” Biden recounted to reporters last night. “Seriously! I’m being literal!”
“You hugged Michele Bachmann?” asked a skeptical reporter.
“Sure!” Biden responded. “I like Michele Bachmann. For real.”
What did he say to her? “I said, ‘Great to see you, Michele.’”
Bachmann “cares about” Giffords, Biden added. “I mean, look. The thing that sometimes gets lost in this place — maybe I spent too much time here as a senator — there is a basic humanity here, man. It matters between people. I know that sounds corny.”
I do agree with Biden that he spent too much time there as a Senator, by the way.