Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) appeared with Wolf Blitzer on CNN Friday and once again asserted her entitlement to her own facts since the actual facts do not support her opinions and as everyone knows we are all entitled to our own opinion. That is the entitlement which TEApublicans feel justifies creating ‘facts’ from thin air.
She was, of course, arguing that the President and the Congressional Democrats will not negotiate with the TEApublicans, a fact that exists only because the right wants to negotiate to eliminate a law that they are unable to repeal by legitimate means and so seek to do so by holding the nation hostage through their shutdown.
Insisting that the Democrats and the President must work with the TEApublicans to cut entitlement and discretionary spending she said that she would be willing to bake cookies for them if they will sit down and talk to them. What she means of course, is that she wants them to sit down and accede to every demand that they have made and then she will give them milk and cookies as a reward.
Ignoring the fact that, under Obama, spending growth has increased at the slowest pace since 1960 Blackburn said, “We wanted solutions. We wanted the Senate to work with us on the budget, on the CR, on the debt ceiling. We want them to work with us on getting this out of control spending under control.”
If spending continues on its current course non-defense discretionary spending will hit an historic low within a decade. This includes everything from education and food safety to housing, veterans benefits and transportation. The measures taken in the last two years by Congress has already cut $2.4 trillion in spending from the budget.
Still Blackburn and the rest of the TEApublican movement insist that this President is ‘spending like a drunken sailor’ never bothering themselves with facts such as that little one where it says in the Constitution that Congress that controls the purse strings, not the President, he can only spend what they have appropriated.
It appears that this hostage situation is going to last for some time, as the TEApublicans are not willing to negotiate anything in good faith and there is no reason for the President to give in and give them everything that they demand, which is what their definition of compromise is.