Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Democrats opting out of the democratic process

Oops: Schumer Accidentally Reveals Democratic Spin on Conference Call

Come the next election, voters should remember how disingenuous the Democrat Party is. State Democrat legislators from both Wisconsin and Indiana hid out in Illinois to shut down the legislative process in their respective states. At the Federal level, the Democrat members are also up to their tricks:
Moments before a conference call with reporters was scheduled to get underway on Tuesday morning, apparently unaware that many of the reporters were already on the line, Charles Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, began to instruct fellow senators on how to talk to reporters about the contentious budget process.
"I always use the word extreme," Mr. Schumer said, "That is what the caucus instructed me to use this week."
Plainly the Democrat Party is refusing to negotiate in good faith. It seems the Democrats, by painting the Republican effort to scale back Federal spending as extremist, are angling for a government shutdown with hopes of pinning it on the Republican Party al la 1995.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Funding vote for NPR

House Democrats keep pressure on Obama on NPR funding bill

House bill H.R.1076—To prohibit Federal funding of National Public Radio and the use of Federal funds to acquire radio content—passed with all 192 Democrat members voting against.

After the vote, the idea was expressed of the importance of NPR to underserved rural areas:

A Democratic leadership aide said that, on the NPR vote, Republicans underestimated "the importance of public radio in rural areas, where there's not a lot of coverage."
"This senseless bill would have a devastating impact on Western North Carolina and other rural areas, where funding for public radio is already scarce and stations depend on federal funding to stay on air," [Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.)] said in a statement shortly after Thursday's vote.

It is true that rural areas tend to be under served but the main point is the biased viewpoint coloring NPR's reportage which makes reform of NPR all the more critical. And, until NPR reforms its programming to remove the blatant Progressive/leftist bias, the taxpayers should not be expected to fund them.