When Facts Get in the Way

January 17th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I’m pretty old school in that I believe elected officials are always worthy of respect, so I tried to be respectful is this dust up with Senator Pat Toomey on CNBC this AM.  The thing is, it’s important not to let anyone—elected official or otherwise—mislead like this, especially when their version is just so contradictory to the truth.

Sen Toomey, who was a member of the failed supercommittee, argued that the President simply wouldn’t offer any help to the committee, nor would he countenance any cuts to entitlements.

Except for this:

In September, the President proposed this budget to the supercommittee.  There’s a chapter in that budget document called “Health Savings” which proposes about $250 billion in Medicare savings and about $70 billion in Medicaid savings (both over 10 years).

When I pointed this out to the Senator, he complained about the lack of bipartisanship, reaching across the aisle, etc.  But again, as I pointed out, the President’s proposals were exactly that—a reach across the aisle to an issue—entitlement cuts—about which R’s have been clamoring and frankly, as I noted in the clip, go well beyond many D’s comfort zone.

I’m sorry, but with respect, it is impossible to take such politicians’ calls for bipartisan compromise seriously when, on national TV, they refuse to acknowledge such efforts.  The President is, at this point, well within his rights to say, “I tried.”

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11 comments in reply to "When Facts Get in the Way"

  1. Lex says:

    They. Just. Lie.

    They lie, and no one makes them pay any price: not voters, not peers, not their parties, not journalists.


  2. cat says:

    Good for you. So many people who appear on the cable news shows just stick to their talking points and don’t think on their feet to refute obvious “personal facts”.


  3. Bumpa says:

    According to the Republican Dictionary there is no “BI” in partisanship.


  4. Tom M says:

    Hi Jared,

    Why not move back to CT and run for Sen. Lieberman’s seat?


  5. luko says:

    I saw that this morning. Keep fighting the good fight. Andrew finally asked one of the guests last week to identify a company that was going to make an investment, but there was a federal regulation that caused them not to make the investment. And name the regulation. The dude couldn’t (of course) and just mumbled something about a client who was going to delay a project for unexplained reasons (probably lack of demand but what do I know…).

    Anyway…I know it’s tough to call a United States Senator a liar when he’s sitting right there but damn there are so many liars lying with impunity on the tee vee these days someone has to do it!

    Regards.


  6. Mike says:

    “Senator Toomey, does the fact that the President has advocated strong republican policy initiatives, like consolidating federal agencies, cutting spending to levels not seen in 70 years, cutting taxes more than any other president and shrinking the size of the government, signal that he’s willing to reach across the aisle?”

    “I don’t think so.”

    And there you go.


  7. Th says:

    Nice job, but also beware the attempt to confuse the issue on health care. Toomey tried to make it look like there is a separate government health care system that needs reform. Actually there is one health care system (excluding the VA) with multiple payers, the government being one. That one system needs reform or it will continue reducing funds available for anything other than health care.


  8. the buckaroo says:

    …seems the New Deal was set up not only to arrest the Depression but to lay the foundation for permanent recovery. The R’s have wrecked the Country & the D’s are at a stalemate with reference to the problem of recovery & reconstruction…FDRL. This is relevant today as it was in the 1938-39 era.

    Toomey seems to be infected with the same virus as Lush, et al., the ability to frame the attack around half truths. Yesterday, lush bin limbaugh’s show touted Gov. Walker’s policies for the reduction in property taxes…not that the property values have taken a dive, thus resulting in said reduction…go figure.

    Between free will & determinism stands the Clubbed for Growth, the conservative brotherhood of portion servers of the pie.


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