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NYT Is Still Blaming House Republicans

From the New York Times:

House Republicans Edge Back to Business as Usual

January 13, 2011

WASHINGTON — Republicans are carefully trying to return to normal business in the House, announcing on Thursday that lawmakers will next week consider the effort to repeal the health care law that was pulled from the agenda after the Saturday shooting rampage in Arizona.

So why are we only hearing about Republicans – and House Republicans at that? Even Mr. Obama has admitted that the shootings had nothing to do with politics.

So why single out House Republicans like this?

In a statement, Brad Dayspring [sic], a spokesman for the office of the majority leader, Eric Cantor of Virginia, said, “It is important for Congress to get back to work, and to that end we will resume thoughtful consideration of the health care bill next week.”

To pre-empt any suggestion that Republicans were rushing things, Mr. Dayspring noted that earlier on Thursday the White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said that addressing national problems would be one way to live up “to the thoughts and aspirations of those that were involved in this tragic event.”

In light of the shootings, the health care debate will be closely watched to see if lawmakers show new restraint after calls from President Obama and many others to bring a more civil tone to political discourse.

Again, the health care debate had absolutely nothing to do with the shootings. So why is the New York Times still pretending that it did?

In his statement, Mr. Dayspring said, “It is our expectation that the debate will continue to focus on those substantive policy differences surrounding the new law.”

Before the attack on Representative Gabrielle Giffords and others attending her meeting with constituents outside a grocery store in Tucson, both sides were bracing for a hard-fought and charged clash over Republican efforts to repeal the signature achievement of the Democratic Congress in 2010.

Republicans say they do not intend to change the name of the proposal, titled the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. Some Democrats have suggested that the “job-killing” language was particularly offensive after the shootings, but Republicans rejected that notion.

Why should the language of the bill be changed? This is simply asinine.

After the shootings, Mr. Cantor postponed all legislative business for the House except for the debate and vote Wednesday on a resolution condemning the attacks and honoring those killed and wounded.

Republicans said full details of the schedule would be released on Friday.

The repeal debate is likely to begin Tuesday, and the vote should take place Wednesday. A vote to repeal would be mainly a symbolic victory for House Republicans because the Democratic Senate does not intend to consider the repeal.

The House is not expected to be in session for much of next week because of Martin Luther King’s Birthday on Monday and a policy retreat for House Democrats at the end of the week. House Republicans are holding their own retreat this Friday and Saturday in Baltimore.

The last thing the Republicans should do is retreat.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 14th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “NYT Is Still Blaming House Republicans”

  1. Chuckk says:

    Giffords is a Jew and the Obama administration has been less than supportive of Israel. Therefore I think a valid argument can be made that the blame for inciting the carnage falls directly on the President.

  2. P. Aaron says:

    Republicans should get back on the job. No elected official is above the preservation of our constitutional liberties.

  3. swee says:

    At least Allan West won’t be on that ‘retreat’ which is so refreshing to hear. I want them all to get back to business too..but the left is hoping another event will postpone business as usual.

  4. Astravogel says:

    People were shot and died in Tucson. People are
    shot and die in Chicago, and other places around
    the country, every 24 hours. Is Congress going to
    pass a ‘resolution’ for each and every one of these
    people? Why not? Aren’t these people just as dead
    as those in Tucson?

    Congress should pass a ‘resolution’ encouraging
    Americans to practice the art of self defense, with
    whatever means they think they need for that, and
    just get out of our way. We know what to do; just
    let us do it. Nobody every raped a .38 for instance.

    Even nutjobs can understand the possiblility that
    their precious lives can end very suddenly.

  5. Right of the People says:

    The Dims want any reason to sidetrack the Republicans from beginning to undo the mess they created. I suppose the Dims want the house to pass some more nonsensical and completely ineffective “gun control” laws.

    I read they are blaming this on the rescinding of the “Assault Weapon” ban like that Glock 19 was an assault weapon. They must have been confused since it had a 33 round magazine from a model 18 which is the Law Enforcement ONLY, selective fire version.

    Before they passed the “patient rights” crap back in the eighties that emptied the loony bins, this sick puppy most likely would have been institutionalized. Problem solved. The libs caused their own problems then try to blame others, typical lib crap.

  6. LoveSamAdams says:

    It SHOULD be changed from Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, to Repealing the Citizen-Killing Health Care Law Act.

  7. Georgfelis says:

    The Dems (and NYT) want the name of the bill changed, so they can claim the Republicans had it maliciously named in the first place. Changing the name of the bill would allow them to demagogue this issue to death (whoops, watch the rhetoric) for the next hundred years. It does not matter what it is changed to, the change itself will be seen as an admission of guilt, and the whining will just rise in pitch.

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