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During the recent 2011 budget battle that resulted in a $38.5 billion spending cut deal (golf clap), President Obama enjoined Congress to "act like grown-ups", adding that this was no time to play games. I couldn't agree more, but it seems his own Democratic party didn't get the message. We need to have adult conversations about how to cut spending and deal with our debt/deficit problem, but there seem to be precious few adults on the President's side of the aisle these days. Instead of acting like adults, Democrats have been dusting off all their moldy old juvenile scare tactics and demonizations.
I have several examples of the Democrat kiddie parade throwing their tantrums in the presence of adults.
We have Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) telling Democrats to always use the word "extreme" when referring to Republican budget cut proposals. And Schumer was talking about the minor $61 billion in cuts Republicans proposed for 2011. One can only imagine what term Schumer will use for the much larger cuts that Republicans will propose for 2012. I'd like to ask Schumer what word he would use to describe the $1 trillion in spending INCREASES the Democrats presided over when they took total control of Congress from 2007-2010. That's what I call extreme.
We have Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) going all biblical, conjuring up prospects of “no room at the inn”, with “lights out, doors wide open and the drumbeat playing as people are being rolled out of nursing homes in wheelchairs, with crutches, some on beds.” Scary, huh ? Lee was talking about Rep. Paul Ryan's proposal to cut $6.2 trillion in government spending over 10 years. Keep in mind that Ryan's proposal doesn't actually cut spending, it only cuts the rate of spending growth as compared to President Obama's irresponsible 10-year budget proposal. Rep. Lee also compared Ryan's plan to Hurricane Katrina. I'm only surprised she forgot to throw in references to the Holocaust and the Nazis.
The Democrat kid crew was pretty keen on telling us that Republicans want to kill people, starve them to death, and commit violence against them. Democratic operative Paul Begala called Ryan the "Dr. Kevorkian of Medicare". Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-TX) called Republican legislation banning taxpayer funding for abortions "a violent act against women". Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Republican cuts would starve six million senior citizens. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) actually said his wife, daughter, and granddaughters won't get cancer screenings because of Republican spending cuts. Democrats seem to believe that if the government doesn't give you something for free, you can't get it. No word on how Harry Reid buys groceries for his family. I presume the government doesn't pay for that either. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) was more blunt in her demonization, saying freshment GOP Congressmen came to Washington D.C. "to kill women". Ah, how fondly I look back on those good old days from way way back, um, a couple months ago, when Democrats were pretending to be outraged over alleged violent political rhetoric. We can assume the expiration date on that concern has passed.
In response to Sen. Jim Inhofe's (R-OK) legislation to derail EPA climate change regulations, immature Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) decided it was Congressional playtime, offering a series of amendments to change the name of Inhofe's bill to, among other things, the “Koch Brothers Appreciation Act,” the “Middle Eastern Economic Development and Assistance Act,” the “Head in the Sand Act” and the “Protecting Americans from Polar Bears Act.” How cute. I hope Connolly's wasting of the taxpayers time didn't cut into his Sesame Street viewing. Or maybe Connolly is just looking to secure a guest spot on Real Time With Bill Maher. That program is Immature Central. Inhofe's appropriate response to Connolly was "get a life".
But the grand prize winner for hyperbolic demo-nization and demo-goguery goes to non-voting District Of Columbia Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, who called a possible government shutdown the "functional equivalent of bombing innocent civilians". You have to see this one to believe it. Here's the video:
Wow. Keep that woman away from sharp objects in the Congressional dining room.
And let's not forget those wonderfully mature Wisconsin Democrats who left the state and went into hiding to avoid voting on legislation they didn't like. That's the first time I can remember legislators literally taking their ball and going home.
All I can say is, if there are to be adult conversations with Democrats, the Dems need to go find some adults first.