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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.

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.

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.

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.)

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Comment Preferences

  •  O-kay! Defeat Jen Henserling for re-election (5+ / 0-)

    We've got six Democratic candidates running against GOP incumbents in Texas with 18 more GOP incumbents unchallenged.

    Time to get rid of all these clowns!

  •  If They Could, They Wouldn't Be On the Air nt (1+ / 0-)
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    ZedMont

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 06:07:34 PM PDT

  •  When are they going to figure out that the freedom (3+ / 0-)
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    bastrop, myboo, OooSillyMe

    to keep your present insurance (with your employer's cooperation of course) is a fundamental tenet of Obamacare.  Fundamental.  Keeping your own insurance if you want to IS Obamacare, just like all the other features.

    Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity -- George Carlin

    by ZedMont on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 06:09:21 PM PDT

  •  Actually Obama did sign up for Obama (5+ / 0-)

    If Obama's employer were to discontinued health coverage from his benefits package, he would have to sign up for an individual plan or pay a penalty. Because Obama's employer does provide health coverage, there is no further action for Obama to take in order for him to receive benefits under Obamacare.

  •  Tens of millions of our federal government (1+ / 0-)
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    bastrop

    unemployed?  Is he paying any attention at all?

    Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity -- George Carlin

    by ZedMont on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 06:13:34 PM PDT

  •  The President still doesn't know Jed's name. (1+ / 0-)
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    bastrop
  •  We need to black earth the GOP, Tea Party, Koch (1+ / 0-)
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    bastrop

    Addicts so they are non-entities forever.  They have obstructed, and have watered the seeds of bigotry and distrust between many types of people in the United States so they can protect and bolster the rapacious 1% and get more and more undeserved tax brakes.  And have denied health care coverage to millions of Americans and want the government shut down to torpedo the Affordable Care Act which is merely subsidies to insurance companies and not in any way socialism like they like to say.  

  •  *sigh* (0+ / 0-)

    I would thank you for this diary, but my "Stupid" receptacle is all full up. SO instead I will lap you on the back and congratulate you for surviving watching that without having harmed your brain (I hope).

    Ok...folks? Texas has a plethora of FUCKING MORANS who elect  people like this, but it is by no means everyone.

    I would rather place jalapeƱo seeds under my eyelids and into my urethra while trying to touch the blades of my functioning garbage disposal than watch that video.

    •  Geez, bastrop! (0+ / 0-)

      You writing a torture manual or something?

      I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

      by tom 47 on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 06:42:14 AM PDT

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  •  You missed the best part (0+ / 0-)

    Where she asked him about the congressional gym and why it was deemed essential.  

    His reply was priceless.  " I don't know, I don't use the gym.'

    So he obviously cares about the so called exemptions for Obama but for his congressional buddies?  Not so much.    

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 07:21:55 PM PDT

  •  Say what? (0+ / 0-)
    First on Obamacare, listen, we don't support it. We're not going to support it. We support patient-centered health care.
    Does he mean the kind where insurance companies can deny coverage for pre-existing conditions? where they can terminate a policy after some medical catastrophe has happened to the insured? where their rates go up, and up, and up -- seemingly without reason? where ... well, you get the idea.

    The ACA isn't the kind of program I would have liked - I'd have preferred single-payer, Medicare for all - but it's a start on getting previously uninsured people a chance for what should be a natural right: the right to medical care in order to live a healthy life.

    Being the single intellectual in a village of 1,100 souls ain't much fun, especially when 1,099 of those don't think you're all that smart.--Lucy Marsden

    by Miniaussiefan on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 04:56:37 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for the feedback, everyone! (0+ / 0-)

    and sorry for the unintentional spelling errors.

    MSNBC on the case again this morning letting Republicans lie about the program to their viewers. This time Chris Jansing and some R from FLA.

    I guess Chuck Todd has been promoted....

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