Thursday, October 03, 2013

Harry Reid Shows Imperial Progressive/Statist Attitude to CNN Reporter

The big news from this blurb was Harry Reid saying why would we want to save one child who has cancer, but there is far more to this than that.  But, it also shows you the way liberals engage in changing arguments and premises and no one calls them on that.  Here are the relevant quotes.  There is a video clip but it appears to be malfunctioning....From the Blaze:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was asked during a press conference Wednesday why he opposes a House bill that would fund the National Institutes of Health during the partial government shutdown if it could “help one child who has cancer.”
And he was apparently unprepared for the question from CNN’s Dana Bash.
“You all talked about children with cancer unable to go to clinical trials. The House is presumably going to pass a bill that funds at least the NIH,” Bash began. “Given what you’ve said, will you at least pass that? And if not, aren’t you playing the same political games that Republicans are?”
Her question is in reference to several House appropriations bills that would keep certain institutions funded during the partial government shutdown. Senate Democrats say they will not negotiate with the House on anything until it passes a “clean” continuing resolution, ending the shutdown completely and leaving Obamacare untouched.
“What right did they have to pick and choose what part of government is going to be funded? It’s obvious what’s going on here. You talk about reckless and irresponsible,” said Sen. Reid. “[T]hey have no right to pick and choose.”
Bash persisted: “But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?”
“Why pit one against the other?” Sen. Chuck Schumer said off microphone, avoiding the the main question.
“Why would we want to do that?” Reid said with a confused look on his face after stuttering. “I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own.” 
Now, first of all, Dana Bash is referring to statements by Progressive Democrats that if we can only save one person with obamacare, or with gun control, as well as similar comments by Dick Durbin on the Senate floor where he lied about his own deceased daughter's eligibility for healthcare, where Dems were saying one life is precious (hmmm....wonder what all the aborted babies think about that?).  The House appeared to be saying, sure, let's fund these important things while we discuss Obamacare...but Harry Reid is having none of it...
First, Mr. Senator, the US Constitution gives the House the right to pick and choose what parts of government are funded.  You may have forgotten how this works since your chamber hasn't passed an active budget in over five years, but the process of budgeting and funding government is about picking and choosing what and how much gets funding.  See Article One, Section 9.  The House can pick and choose what gets funded.  You see, you senile old bastard, it is not what has been going on where your dictator in chief gets a blank check to throw around.  The process is supposed to work this way, not like the banana republic system you and Barry-cade Obama have set up.  So, since we have now shown you are incompetent to hold office, why don't you step down.  But wait, there is more. 
Notice how Reid changes the premise and the argument.  We go from "every life is sacred" to the good of the community.  In other words, who cares about one sick kid suffering from cancer?  I got some folks at Nellis Air Force Base sitting home furloughed.  They have their own problems. 
Seriously, Mr. Reid?  You are going to play that game?  Sad part is most of the reporters in the room let this senile, insane, stuttering bastard get away with the comment.  But it is not even the most telling. 
This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless,” he added. 
Now he goes after the reporter.  This is what they do.  They attack any who question them.  He goes after and basically threatens the reporter with the veiled idea of "well, I would think someone as smart as you would understand...." which means, if you don't tow the line, we won't dignify your questions with answers. 
Leftists/Statists are like this.  Dana Bash just is the latest to learn the lesson that the Statist Progressives only respect you as they are using you, and if you show any initiative, then you will be put in line.  And it is worse if you are just a regular citizen.