We could probably make this a daily installment, although I'm not sure I have the bandwidth to keep up with the DNC Chairwoman's endless distortions. Her latest whopper came on CNN this morning, during a spat with conservative contributor Will Cain:
Ignore, for a moment, the crux of their dispute, and focus on this snippet:
“I’m a member of Congress in the minority, unfortunately, which I plan to help change in November,” Schultz shot back. “But the people who control the agenda right now in the House of Representatives are the Republicans. Ask them why they haven’t brought a single jobs bill to the floor since they took over the majority. Ask them why they are getting ready to allow the student loan interest rates to double.”
The House Republicans "haven't brought a single jobs bill to the floor" since January 2011? This is a wildly false claim. Case in point: The House recently passed something called, um, the JOBS Act -- which cleared the Senate and was signed into law by President Obama. At the time, I noted that the bill wasn't the first bipartisan jobs legislation this GOP-controlled House helped implement (numerals added):
Let the record show that as of today, the "do nothing," "Republican" Congress has worked with the president by (1) extending the payroll tax cut extension, (2) passing patent reform, (3) repealing a counter-productive withholding rule, and (4) approving three free trade agreements. These were all elements of President Obama's jobs agenda. Now he's (5) signed a job creation bill championed by House Republicans. Remember this roster of bipartisan accomplishments as our desperate president castigates his Congressional opponents as unflinching ideological obstructionists -- as he's guaranteed to do for the next seven months. The truth is that Republicans cooperate with this president when it's sensible to do so; they attempt to jettison his worst ideas, like cap and trade, Obamacare, higher taxes, and a second slush fund stimulus.
Keep in mind that those are just the bipartisan successes. My list doesn't include the dozens of addtional job-related bills that House Republicans have passed, only to be thwarted by the Democratic Senate and president. Unsurprisingly, DWS' statement on national television this morning was thoroughly and comprehensively untrue. And as for her indignation over her opponents' supposed plan to let student loan interest rates to double, perhaps she should direct her exasperation at those responsible for engineering the legislation to do exactly that:
While Obama blames Republicans for voting against new ways to make college more affordable for middle-class families, it was House Democrats who cut interest rates on the school loans in 2007 and included an expiration provision that placed the looming increase in the middle of an election year.
It was a Democrat-controlled Congress that intentionally made this mess, in order to paint Republicans as anti-student and uncaring in an election year. Go figure. I guess we've answered DWS' two "questions." Anything else we can help you with, Debbie?
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