Democrats and Republicans are grappling with spending cuts and the federal budget right now. With leaders from both parties trading barbs, there’s one reality we need to admit before any remedies can advance. Government reform is an alien concept to Democrats.
Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) recent comments about the tea party grassroots movement indicate the lack of vision often found in hardcore party drones.
Schumer told the AP*:
“It’s clear that there is no path to compromise that goes through the tea party. We urge Speaker Boehner to push ahead without them. We are ready to work with him if he is willing to buck the extreme element of his party.”
No path to compromise? Extreme element?
ACORN, open border advocacy groups, the quasi corporate education sector, the rabid preservationists whose ideal would be for Americans to drastically degrade our lifestyles in the name of nature worship, the global warming politicos who feed at the federal trough and dispense political science in the guise of earth science—these are key groups within Schumer’s Democrat circles. Toss in government cronies like GE and a sizable percentage of big media for good measure.
After President Barack Obama moved into the White House, one of the most frequent visitors was Andy Stern, former Service Employees International Union chief. Stern told a liberal journalist at PBS the unions were keeping up with elected officials—“We took names, we watched how they voted, we know where they live…”
When Obama named Stern to the fiscal commission, I knew then the whole deal was an exercise in futility.
Democrats, after the “shellacking” of November, 2010, have managed to establish political fact within their loyal voting groups of the tea party as extremist when the reality is quite the opposite.
The extremists are leading the US Senate and a number of them work at the White House as well because they continue to spend, having never passed a budget, even as our country walks a fiscal tightrope.
Look around you. Food is at an all-time high. Regulatory fees are imposed on phone, utility and Internet provider bills. Taxes have risen at local and state levels and are guised as regulatory fees at the federal level. Our Southern border is not secure and will not be completely secured according to our top national security chief. Job numbers are dismal, still exceeding levels Obama set as worst case projections before he spent hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer money on what Democrats called the Stimulus but what functioned as the 'Skinulus' when it came to the taxpayer.
Schumer’s comments on the tea party are not only spiteful and inappropriate—they’re completely irrational. If he wants to see an extremist, all he has to do is look in the mirror.
Reality is another alien concept to dogmatists like Schumer who received a score of zero from Citizens Against Government Waste.
Video: Union labor chief Andy Stern was a frequent visitor to the White House. Stern was named to the president's fiscal commission.
*’Congress keeps government running through April 8’ by Associated Press. The Florida Times-Union, March 18, 2011; pg. A-7 (print edition).
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