A verbatim, in-context quote from America's cretinous Senate Majority Leader. Watch the whole thing:
BASH: But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?
REID: Why would we want to do that? I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own. This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless
BASH: I’m just asking a question.
First, Reid talks about how well Obamacare is working, and how much people love it. Next, Reid callously blows off the pediatric cancer question. Finally, he insults CNN's Dana Bash for daring to ask a tough question. House Republicans are offering to fund a series of core government functions during the ongoing discussions over government funding, including the NIH. Democrats have rejected every overture. Since they've fallen in love with employing "hostage" rhetoric, why are Democrats in Washington willing to hold narrow, vital funding bills hostage to achieving full, overall funding? The president made headlines earlier today by inviting Congressional leaders to the White House this evening for a sit-down. Finally. But Jay Carney insisted during his subsequent press briefing that Obama still won't negotiate. So what's the point of this meeting, other than to lecture Republicans while claiming that he's being reasonable and coming to the bargaining table -- just not to bargain? Before you go, check this story out. It's almost as if they're capriciously trying to hurt average people:
Federal officials have closed a number of popular tourist attractions in Washington, citing the government shutdown, but they've left lesser-known locations un-barricaded, as evidenced by an interactive map compiled by House Republicans. "It appears as though only the highly visible monuments and areas are being closed to the public — further proof that the Obama Administration is only playing politics and purposely choosing to make this shut down as painful as possible," House Natural Resources Committee chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said. Hastings' committee staff compiled photos of high-profile, open-air sites closed by the National Park Service, including: the Georgetown Waterfront; the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial; the Sculpture Garden; parts of the National Mall; and the Lincoln Memorial.
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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