Democrats' sequester tower of terror continues to collapse, floor by floor. Amidst the media fact checks and stomach-turning posturing, Republican members of Congress are using hearings to hold bureaucrats' feet to the fire over the claims and actions of their departments. Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) blew the cover off of the administration's duplicity on supposed cuts to pediatric vaccinations a few weeks ago; yesterday, it was South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy's turn at bat. Watch as he grills a Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary as to why his team released ten "level 1" aggravated felons from federal custody, supposedly due to sequester cuts:
GOWDY: "There was nothing else [you] could do as a cost savings measure. Is that your testimony?"
BORRAS: "No, that is not my testimony."
My personal favorite exchange was the bit where Gowdy "asks" Borras how long the department had to prepare for sequestration, knowing exactly what the correct response would be: More than a year and a half. And yet they were hoping the American people would simply accept the notion that they couldn't spare $1,200 bucks to keep violent felons locked up, ostensibly because of small across-the-board federal spending reductions. Not cuts, reductions in the rate of growth. Remember, the president proposed and signed this law, then attempted to pawn off its supposed ill-effects onto Republicans -- hoping to count on the credulous media the spread the distortions. When the GOP wouldn't cave, the administration mobilized to set the vast apparatus of the federal government to work against the interests and well being of the American people in order to justify their hysterical predictions of widespread misery. I'll leave you with the infamous quote that sums up this deeply cynical and reckless approach to governance: "It is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be."
UPDATE - As I wrote earlier, multiple polls indicate that Democrats' propaganda isn't working.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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