The only thing more frustrating than the fact of Republicans' increasing stupidity, growing illogic, and endless capacity for self-delusion is the fact that most in the media let it pass without comment and pretend assume it's just another valid viewpoint on how to run our Democracy.
It happened again today on Andrea Mitchell Reports when she interviewed Rep. Jed Henserling, another moron given to us by the daft voters in Texas.
Aside from the non-stop jibberish, here's the zinger that caught my attention from the Representative from Texas that actually left me in shock:
Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC: good day, I'm Andrea Mitchell in Washington where Speaker Boehner is expected to walk into the White House this afternoon with a short-term solution to avoid defaulting on our national debt. But we are still nowhere near a solution to opening the federal government. Texas Congressman Jeb Henserling chairs the committee and will be at the White House meeting. Thank you, congressman for joining us.It zoomed right past Andrea. Of course, she isn't the sharpest correspondent in NBC News' tool shed, but I thought she'd at least call it out. Unfortunately for us, most news hosts aren't able to contradict the innumerable lies of Republicans. If only they could, we'd all be in a much better place today.
Mr. Chairman, is this a good solution getting around the debt ceiling problem on a short-term basis but leaving the government closed?
Jeb Henserling, R/Dumass-Texas: Well, what House Republicans have asked after putting one offer on the table, two offers on the table, three offers on the table, four offers on the table. I mean, we're not through negotiating, we're just kind of through negotiating with ourselves. all we've asked, will you sit down, Mr. President, will you sit down Mr. Reid and begin to negotiate. we've got tens of millions of our federal government employed, unemployed people. we have people on a website that does not work, or a nation that's drowning in debt. obviously, we believe there needs to be a negotiation, and we want to be reasonable. But so far all we've heard from the president and Harry Reid is, we're the party of no negotiation. I hope the president says fine, we know this is divided government. the least we can do is talk to each other and begin to negotiate a solution where nobody violates their principles and nobody gets everything. but everybody at least leaves the table with something.
AM: But congressman, what the president has said, what the White House has said all along is they will not talk under the threat of debts ceiling or of the government shutdown. so the government shutdown is still continuing. do you think they will sit down with you an will you sit down and not talk about Obamacare but perhaps entitlement, tax reform and other problems that they think?
(Oh boy, she wants a Grand Bargain! -ed.)
JH (R-Dumass): We'll be very happy to talk about all of that. First on Obamacare, listen, we don't support it. We're not going to support it. We support patient-centered health care. all we're asking for with the last offer, if you're going to impose it on the nation, you ought to impose it on Washington. We're still curious that President Obama didn't sign up for Obamacare himself. if this isn't ready for prime time for big business, why is it ready for prime time with employees? I understand you can't do anything without the president's signature law, without his signature. I understand that. But we believe it's part of what's harming our economy and part of adding to the debt. if he doesn't want to talk about that, there are many other things included in the house and a republican budget offered by a budget committee chairman Paul Ryan that we're happy to talk about. But, Andrea, what we're not willing to do is rubber stamp the president's spending plan and rubber stamp the borrowing plan. you know, the other day he spoke on your network and every other network for about an hour and a half. he was very fond of using metaphors.
AM: Of course, if you talk about the debt ceiling, we're talking about paying for things that congress has already spent the money on. we're not talking about buying a future used car. we're talking about pay for the used car you that and everyone else voted for.
Jeb Henserling, and Andrea Mitchell, made sure that today we aren't.
(P.S. That's beside the fact that she let this moran filibuster who thru a whole series of lies. -ed.)