John Boehner laid out the REPUBLICAN House position on raising the debt ceiling on Friday. No one in the mainstream media seems to have noticed. As this blog has often shown, thee peple are not "journalists", but partisan political hacks.
I am talking about the "cut, cap and balance" plan upon which the House is going to vote today. The mainstream media talked yesterday as if Boehner had not giveen that press conference Friday MORNING, in combination with several other Repubublicans, designating this as the OFFICIAL House Republican position on how to go forward, telling everyone that there would be a vote this week. Despite that, on Friday and over the weekend, the mainstream media IGNORED Boehner and concentrated ont the Mitch McConnell "deal".
Then, yesterday, the lying parisan hacks in the mainstream media seemed to suddenly realize that Boehner was serious. Thus, yo had the despicable AP /Yahoo (boycott Yahoo) headline yesterday balring out: "Tea Party plan to be voted on in House" (or words to that effect). I saw Gloria Borger on one of those woman anchored CNN programs in the daytime yesterday. Do women come any DUMBER than this? I don't thiks so. If they do, they should ot admit it. The woman anchoring the program obviusly had no idea wat "cut, cap and balance" was all about, even though it was the whole focus of the MAJOR Republican press conference on Friday. The woamn CNN ancor said to Gloria Borger (partisan political hack): "cut, cap and balance" meaning to cut TAXES, cap spending, and balance the budget." Of course (for you leftists out there, and for you mainstream meedia/CNN peple), the plan is actually to ctu SPENDING this year, cap spending for the future, and pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. Gloria Borger--partisan political hack that she is--did not contradict the woman anchor--did not correct her wrong description of the plan that Boehner had described on Friday. Borger may not have known herself what the plan is about--she certainly did not describe it--or Borgeer may just have been in partisan political hack mode. Borger--partisan political hack tha she is--went on to dismiss the plan as "politics", rather than a serious proposal.
What did Fox News do yesterday? They picked up the AP headline (as the poor sods do way too often), and described the Boehner/House Republican plan as a "Tea Party plan". You really have to boycott Fox News. They are getting worse every single day.
What is the official Tea Party position? Oh, I am sure that the Tea Party likes the Balanced Budget Amendment, but so do about 70-75% of the American people. The official Tea Party position is not to raise the debt ceiling UNER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. At least one of the major "umbrella' Tea Party organizations reviewed the position taken by local Tea Party groups across the nation. 86% opposed increasing the debt ceiling--period. No deals. Nope. Not even a Balanced Budget Amendment. "No" means "no".
Thus, it is absrud to call the House Republican plan, to be votedon today, a "Tea Party" plan. At most, you can say that many consrvative Republicans smypathetic to the Tea Party have singed on to it, a have the MAJORITY of the Republicans in the House. Labeling this as a "Tea Party" plan was a transparent attempt to dismiss it--showing againthat there is no wore "news" organization in any uninverse than the despicalbe Associated Press (becaues none CAN be worse, as it is impossible to be wrose) I will admit that CNN and MSNBC give the AP a run for its money, except that it is overly kind to acknowledge CNN and MSNBC as either "news" or "organizations" (limited as there lifespan is likely to be and with viewers about the number that a test pattern attracts).
Fox bys into this ridiculously false propaganda regularly, and that is why you should BOYCOTT FOX NEWS CHANNEL (ecept brief surfing on the same basis you surf CNN and the rest of thee idiots, wihout believing a word they say). No, I am not naive enough to believe that John Boehner really believes in this "cut, cap and balance" plan. But ti is a LIE to call it a "Tea Party plan".
This, by the way, is a reason I do not callmyself a "Tea Party" person. It is also why my endoreseement of Michele Bachmann for President does not mean I endore everything about her. You just are not quite existing in the real world if you think that the government can be IMMEDIATELY cut 44%, without the shock being to much for both tethe people and the economy (over any kind of long period of time). I am somewhat dsiappointed in Tea Party people wo try to tak about "waster" when they say how we could easily leave the debt ceiling where it is. If you want to cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits 20% or so, AND cut back on a large part of the rest of the Federal Government, we can "lieve within our means'. I have actually proposed short term Meicare and Social Security cuts of5%, in an attempt to reduce the deficit 1/3 or so next year. Tea Party people don not talk about that kind of thing, and it is somewhat dishonest--not as dishonest as the estalbishment, but somewhat dishonest. I have heard Michele Bachmann EVADE this questin of where the cuts would come, and it is where she looks her worst. Stll, the Tea Party is right. Republicans--in this "cut, cap and balance" plan are propsing only a 111 billion dollar "cut' in next year's spending, and I am not sure that is "real" (an actual CUT form this year's spending, rather than gimmicks papering over some small "cuts', such as what happened with the spending bill that avoided a government shut down earlier this year). Greta Van Sustern (Fox, in one of HER worst moments) called the Republican "cut" "biillioins of doallrs" (lol--Greta, you HAVE to do better than that!!!). I told lyou the truth The 11 billiion is LESS than 3% of the total spending. It is less than 10%--way less--of the DEFICIT. Tea Party peole have some LEVERAGE in the debt ceiling vote. Politicians are reluctant to vote for increasing the debt ceiling. Senator Obama voted against it, as a Senator!!!! That was as cynical a vote as ou ill ever see, and there are many other is Congress ALMOST as cynical and dishonet as Obama. o the Tea Party epople see their chance to make their point in a way that gets the attentino of the etablishment, and the natin. It is hard to blame them for that. I still lprefer to exist in the real world, even if I am perfectly willing to spit in the eye of supposed political reality. In the real world, we will not be able to SUDDENLY "live within our means". I jsut wish we were making a REAL effort to get as close to that as we can--NOW. We are not And that is why I am a major Tea Party sypathizer, even if I refuse to call myself a Tea Party member. The Tea Party is, of coure, really only a looe affiliation of people with similar ideas, rather than any kind of defined organiation with a real platform.
The "cut, cap and balance" plan adopted by the House Republicans as the REPUBLICAN offical position in the House is a plan to RAISE the debt ceiling Now you can say that the Balanced Budget Amendment will not pass the present Congress, and I agree with you. However, if it did pass, the Republican plan would NOT "balance the budget" immediately, or for many years into the future. As stated, it would "cut" very little out of next year's spending. Tisis simply NOT a "Tea Party" plan, woever much SOME Tea Party people may hav influenced it. To say otherwise is a LIE, whether from the consistent liars at the AP, from CNN, or from Fox News.
If you are wondering, I am still forced to continue my Sodom and Gomorrah search for an honet, competent AP reporter. I know it is futile. He knows it is futile. I think I am justified in believeing that I am being PUNISHED because I happen to be an aganostic. I mean: Be real. Why should an agnostic be assigned to this search? I still advise proper precautons, to avoid becoming a pillar of salt.
P.S. No proofreading or spell checking (bad eyesight).