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Why didn’t Candy (Crowley) follow up with Nancy (Pelosi)?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:09 pm - March 12, 2013.
Filed under: Media Bias,Pelosi Watch

Earlier today, Yahoo! headlined a piece showing how in an interview with the Obama campaign’s CNN’s Candy Crowley, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pulled a comment by her Senate counterpart, Mitch McConnell out of context.  Mrs. Pelosi contended that the Kentucky Republican “was talking about stopping, obstructing initiatives to create jobs, stopping initiatives that would show bipartisanship on the part of the president.”

Factcheck.org reminds us that:

McConnell’s fuller comments — including the vow to work with Obama “if he’s willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues” and his statement that “I don’t want the president to fail; I want him to change” — contradict Pelosi’s claim that McConnell was speaking in the context of opposing any bipartisan initiatives or that he was outlining a position that Republicans would not support the president no “matter what the subject was.” One can argue about whether that turned out to be a Republican strategy or not, but that’s not what McConnell said.

Emphasis added.  Surely, given how frequently Democrats cite this McConnell quotation (in attempt to buttress their talking point of Republican intransigence), a journalist would have checked the record and know that those Democrats had pulled it out of context.  So, I went to the transcript.

Here’s how Miss Crowley responded to the House Democratic Leader’s comment:

Well, it is — I guess, the reason I’m asking it is so many people have pointed to, you know, when Mitch McConnell said that his number one goal was to see that the president was a one-term president. The president has now committed to you and others that he wants to do what he can to help turn the House Democratic. Isn’t that kind of the same thing?

And Crowley does indeed seem aware of how frequently folks trot out the McConnell comment.  Not that she says, “many people have pointed to” it, yet seems oblivious that most of those “many people” have pulled it out of context.  She didn’t do his journalistic due diligence to see if the claim were accurate, taking a Democratic talking point at face value.

At least she did acknowledge the president’s focus on turning the House Democratic. (more…)

Ryan Unveils GOP Budget Set to Put US on Sane Fiscal Path

Faster, please.

House Republicans unveiled an ambitious cost-cutting plan Tuesday that would balance the budget in 10 years without raising taxes, while repealing ObamaCare and overhauling entitlements — a document Democrats are sure to reject but could be used as a negotiating tool in talks with President Obama.

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee, is sticking by controversial proposals, including one to give future Medicare retirees the option of using government payments for private health care plans.

Taxes are the vehicle that the Federal Government uses to strip power and freedom from its citizens. That immense power is sapping the private sector right now.

Here is the full text of the Ryan Budget Plan.  Read it for yourself.  No filters.

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

White House Pans Ryan Budget Proposal, won’t say when Obama will Release His

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:30 pm - March 12, 2013.
Filed under: Democratic demagoguery,Obama Incompetence

Take a gander at this headline I just caught on AOL:
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Now take a gander at line for the article to which it links:

Senate Democrats plan to offer a counterproposal on Wednesday. The White House has not said when Obama will release his budget.

That has to be the height of cheek, attacking one leader’s attempt to address the nation’s fiscal problems, including the increasing cost of Medicare, yet not putting forward a plan of their own.

Current federal law calls for the president to release his budget proposal at the begining of February. And yet, even the Huffington Post reports that he has yet to release a plan.

Nearly two years ago, Jon Huntsman wrote that critics of Ryan’s “approach incur a moral responsibility to propose reforms that would ensure Medicare’s ability to meet its responsibilities to retirees without imposing an unaffordable tax burden on future generations of Americans.

The same should apply today.   If the president wishes to criticize Mr. Ryan’s latest proposal, he should first put forward a plan of his own.  And folks in the media should be asking the Democrat why he has neglected his responsibilities.

UPDATE: Just caught this on Yahoo!; the president will submit his budget more than two months after it was due:

The White House says President Barack Obama will likely release his federal budget outline the week of April 8.

That’s more than two months late. Under the law, the president is supposed to submit a budget by the first Monday in February, which fell this year on Feb. 4.