You do gotta wonder the lengths to which the headline writers at Yahoo! go in order to make House Republicans seem extreme. Last night, caught this headline on the company’s homepage: GOP-run House easily rejects bipartisan budget:
The House voted decisively late Wednesday to reject a bipartisan budget mixing tax increases with spending cuts to wring $4 trillion from federal deficits over the coming decade.
The 382-38 roll call paved the way for Republicans to muscle through their own, more stringent budget on Thursday, a measure that would blend deeper spending reductions in safety-net programs for the poor with a plan to dramatically overhaul Medicare.
38 votes in a 435-member House? Let’s say the plan’s Republican author Rep. Steve LaTourette, R-Ohio (who crafted the plan with Tennessee Democrat Jim Cooper) voted for the bill and for argument’s sake assume that everyone else who joined him was a Democrat. Thus, no more than 37 Democrats voted for the bill. There are currently 190 Democrats in the House, meaning that at least 153 members of that caucus either voted against the bill or didn’t vote.
Since 12 members didn’t vote, that means at least 141 Democrats voted no. By a margin of greater than 3-to-1, House Democrats rejected the bipartisan measure.
Now, to be sure, Yahoo!’s headline is accurate, but skewed to reflect poorly on Republicans. Why not say that Democrats overwhelmingly rejected a bipartisan budget? That’s also accurate, but reflects poorly on the Democrats.
Note also the language of AP writer Andrew Taylor (who wrote the article quoted above); he tries to make it appear House Republicans are forcing through a draconian budget. (Wonder if he or his colleagues used similarly language to describe how the White House and Democratic leaders muscled Obamacare through Congress, a plan which would dramatically overhaul our nation’s health care system.)
Here’s a story that Yahoo! apparently didn’t see fit to include in its headlines: “SMART LEGISLATION: Obama budget defeated 414-0.”
That’s right, the president couldn’t secure one vote, not one single vote — even from a member of his own caucus — for his own budget. Seems to paint a picture of a president out of touch.
UPDATE: Over at the Corner, Yuval Levin provides “the House vote counts for the different budget proposals taken up yesterday and today“:
- House Budget Committee (Ryan) budget: Passed 228-191
- Democratic substitute budget: Failed 163-262
- Republican Study Committee budget: Failed 136-285
- Congressional Black Caucus budget: Failed 107-314
- Progressive Caucus budget: Failed 78-346
- Cooper/LaTourette (Simpson-Bowles) budget: Failed 38-382
- Obama budget: Failed 0-414
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