Saturday, April 9, 2011

From Jordan to Kyl, thanks for, um, a fresh viewpoint

BY MANAGING TO stay awake until the late hours for the climax of the epic budget battle, I learned some things that will make me a better-informed citizen.

Rep. Jim Jordan. the Ohio congressman from the Urbana area who is chairman of the right-wing Republican Study Committee, said he he will vote against the deal because it does not represent the reason that he was elected to Congress.

Jordan told reporters after the deal was announced:

"We don't want to shut down the government, we want to do what the American people sent us to do: achieve savings for taxpayers, and not have our tax dollars go to abortions."

There he goes again, even when we know that it is illegal under the Hyde Amendment to spend Federal tax dollars on abortions. But by conceding that, the family-values pro-life guys like Jordan will lose traction with their political base. Let the rcord show, in Jordan's words, that the November election was not about the economy and jobs, but about abortion. By the way, Jordan will be one of the honored guests at tonight's Summit County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner hosted by Chairman Alex Arshinkoff, who has described Jordan as a "fast-rising conservative star." (Do you think that's really the identity that Alex has in mind for himself in the Kasich regime?)

We also learned a novel way to spin the truth from Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, who ranted that Planned Parenthood, now considered to be a subversive organization by the fringe, spends "90 pct. of its money on abortions."

Well, folks, it didn't take long for a lot of people to take that down. Actually, a very small percentage of the money goes to abortions. So it came time for Kyl's office to explain his numbers. I wish I were smart enough to construct its answer, but that isn't possible, so here it is from Kyl camp:

"His remark was not intended to be a factual statement, but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives millions of dollars in taxpayer funding, does subsidize abortions."

That brand of semantics will add a whole new dimension to political double-speak.


Mencken said...

Kyl spins a downright lie into allegory, but the Flying Monkeys will hear only sonnets and haiku.

FoxNewsFan84 said...

Jim Jordan is right that this deal doesn't do nearly enough to reduce government spending. $38 billion in cuts is just chump change in comparison to the overall budget deficit. But it is a start. And hopefully this deal creates enough momentum for real, meaningful cuts to take place in the future. Already, men like Paul Ryan has come forward to lay out the necesssary reforms to get our country back on solid fiscal footing.

Both political parties contributed to the long term fiscal crisis, but only one is stepping up to address the problem and offer solutions. It is quite apparent that when it comes to this issue, the Republicans are the only adults in the room.

PJJinOregon said...

FNF84 - I see the Republicans acting like tyrannical 3-year olds, not adults. They have aimed their cuts at programs they have always opposed such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the EPA. Their urge to enervate the Medi twins while heaping even more tax cuts on the wealthy makes it impossible to ignore their Reverse Robin Hood plans. "Take from the poor and give to the rich."

Mencken said...

Egregious, what would a meaningful cuts? Which programs?

JLM said...

Please don't stop referring to him as Egregious. You don't know how it tickles me.

JLM said...

Please don't stop referring to him as Egregious. You don't know how it tickles me.