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Harkin: ‘Cult Fringe’ Is Holding Up Debt Deal

From Real Clear Politics:

Sen. Harkin: "Cult Fringe" Holding Up Debt Ceiling Increase

July 20, 2011

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) calls Republicans "dead-beat debtors" among other things during a Democratic press conference on Wednesday morning.

"The debate and fight is not between Democrats and Republicans. It’s between some Republicans and their sort of cult fringe as I refer to them out there," Harkin said.

How’s that for civility?

But notice how the Democrats and their handmaidens in the media keep trying to portray the House bill as some product of the ‘lunatic fringe.’ They don’t seem to remember that a ‘Balanced Budget’ amendment was almost passed by Congress back in 1995. It failed in the Senate by a single vote.

And all we hear nowadays is how fiscally responsible everybody was back in 1995. That Congress should act more like they did back in the halcyon days under Bill Clinton.

"Democrats are willing to do whatever is necessary to raise the debt ceiling, not for future borrowing but to pay the debts that we racked up in the past. Which, mostly was racked up by a Republican House, a Republican Senate and a Republican President in the last 8 years. Yet, they’re not willing to pay the bills," Harkin said.

Speaking of Bill Clinton, look how far he has his hand up Mr. Harkin’s — er — back? It turns out the Senator is parroting the words Clinton said Obama should use, in an interview just the day before.

Yesterday, Mr. Clinton said:

“I think [the Gingrich Republicans] figured I’d be smart enough to explain to the American people that they were refusing to pay for the expenses they had voted for when Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush were president. And that would make ‘em look bad.” …

Obama could offer precisely the same explanation in the present circumstances, where most of the current debt can be traced to the profligate military spending and tax cuts of the last Bush administration…

And, as we noted yesterday, none of this is true.

In fact, according to the leftwing FactCheck.org, the national debt owed to the public was $6.3 trillion on the day Mr. Obama took office. As of June 1 2011, it was $9.7 trillion. And, lest we forget, prior to that time Democrat had already controlled Congress and the purse strings since January 2007.

But when has any Democrat ever let facts get in the way of a good rant?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 21st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Harkin: ‘Cult Fringe’ Is Holding Up Debt Deal”

  1. The New American Revolution says:

    Revolt before they completely destroy our nation. I am tired of sitting here watching people walking around complaining about the gas prices, the cuts to their “benefits” that we pay for and refuse to get a job. Revolt people get off Facebook and get your lazy asses prepared for what is coming, and rest assured it is coming. Wether or not it is our children are fighting andd dying for our rights our it is us, which would you want? Please sheeple quit complaining about it and DO something about it . I am preparing my whole family. What are you doing to take your country back from the people that are ruining it? Please people rise up with us and take yopur rights back. I am afraid that people are to fat, lazy , ignorant, or are perfectly happy with the status quo. Everyone praises our Founders but noone wants to join their ranks as some of the most couragous people in history.

    That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. – Excerpt from The Declaration of Independence.

    minem60(at)yahoo.com Join me in the quest to take our country back.

  2. proreason says:

    6.3 to 9.7. More than a 50% increase in less than 30 months. Breathtaking. More than 10,000 per citizen. About 40,000 per taxpayer. about 16,000 per taxpayer per year.

    Did you know that?

  3. Papa Louie says:

    Don’t trust Democrats is the moral of this story. Last December Obama agreed to extend the Bush tax cuts for another two years. Obama called it a “bipartisan agreement” and said, “For the next two years, every American family will keep their tax cuts…” He lied! Now, just eight months later, he wants to renege on the agreement and is holding the country hostage with demands for new tax increases. No one seems to remember that we already had this argument and won a two-year agreement not to raise taxes. Even some Republicans are willing to let the Democrats skate on their two-year commitment. How can we expect them to keep any agreement if we don’t hold their feet to the fire? The Democrats return to “tax and spend” like a dog returns to its vomit. Don’t trust them!

  4. The New American Revolution says:

    And I’m sure you didn’t need that money anyway. After all the gov’t knows how to spend YOUR money better than you do. But the people are ok with it. As long as Facebook and twitter are working. Stop talking start planning to DO something.

  5. tranquil.night says:

    Boehner hasn’t the slightest clue what the right thing is in this situation. He’s captain of a completely rudderless raft struggling to stay afloat in the torrent of a cyclone.

    I hope we see some good tears on the floor of the House as the vote for whatever this new new new big deal is going through. “We did what was best for our Country to avert catastrophe!” As he commits kabuki.

    Big crocodile tears.

    • preparing4theworst says:

      I disagree…Boehner (and McConnell) know instinctively that the right thing to do is to f-l-ate the democrats and then label it loud and long as bipartisanship…..

    • tranquil.night says:

      Good point, although John’s still looking to walk the tight-rope at this moment (apparently he got yet another reality check from the Country). But add Saxby Chambliss to that kabuki list too. He’s up in 2014, Erickson was right to call him out early. Coburn played it well enough to come off as being a well-intentioned useful idiot in his interview with Hannity. Chambliss just spun himself around in circles with his talking points and abstract promises, while refusing to take any responsibility for the obvious, easily predictable (and predicted) opportunity that the petulant Dictator’s media took which was to use the Go6 announcement to undercut the CCB momentum.

      “Oh I’m gonna speak on the Senate floor for it. I’m gonna vote for it.. it probably just ain’t gonna pass [so I’m going to flood the zone with as many irrelevant tax code ideas as possible to mute you out of the debate until your leadership caves].”

      The Go6 plan just happened to come together after 7 months down in the backroom deal dungeon. That’s practically right at the conclusion of the 111th Congress.

      You want to talk about secret societies? You’re staring at them.

  6. tranquil.night says:

    Tina Korbe @ HotAir reports on what looks to be the first polling to come out on Cut, Cap and Balance: http://hotair.com/archives/2011/07/21/speaker-boehner-to-rush-limbaugh-there-is-no-deal/

    It shouldn’t be too hard to find four D’s — not if Democrats know what’s good for them, electorally-speaking. A new CNN poll shows 66 percent of Americans support Cut, Cap and Balance. Here’s the best part of the poll: It breaks down the responses by age, gender, race, income, education, political affiliation, political views and more. Cut, Cap and Balance receives majority support from every single category –- even people who self-describe as liberals, Democrats and anti-Tea Party.

    Well we certainly can’t have that get out. Breaking News: 2/3rds of Americans are “cult fringe!”

    ABC/CBS, Quin, Gallup – they have to be in panic mode looking for a way to skew their polls so that they can squawk different results.

    It’s also apparently being asked if Allen West is the new Chuck Norris. I can’t believe I’m saying this but my assessment is a solid: Even Better.

    Governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin Ranger: now he’s up there with Chuck too. Wisconsin accounted for half of all of Obama’s jobs created (not just saved) in June, as Ace reports: http://ace.mu.nu/archives/319064.php

    Couldn’t be simpler to campaign on right now. Want job growth? Elect solid Conservatives. No magic necessary – just one swift roundhouse kick to the big government debt empire marauding our businesses.

    Update: Morrisey with the full details, including CNN desperately trying to bury the meat of their own poll: http://hotair.com/archives/2011/07/21/oh-my-ccb-bill-gets-2-1-approval-among-adults-in-cnn-poll/

  7. Grzegorz says:

    Is Chucky Shumer literally salivating?

  8. bill says:

    The Democrats KKK is back?

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