Kyle Schmidt


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What, have I ever lied to you before?

Today, over at Think Progress Matt Corley noticed a piece by the Washington Independent’s Dave Weigel saying that Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) has submitted a list of 44 czars to the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight Committee seeking investigations and oversight.  It turns out however, that McHenry’s list  had a couple of problems:

Not only does McHenry’s list contain numbers officials who have been confirmed by the Senate, but it also includes a member the Cabinet, Education Secretary Arne Duncan. In essence, McHenry wants some Obama officials who were confirmed by the Senate to testify about how they were “neither vetted by the Senate nor required to testify before Congress.”

It’s hard not to be surprised at the way that Conservatives can still create controversies based on wrong or made up facts and still get their criticisms aired as legitimate.  While czar lists and death panels are easily debunked – it’s other lies and false statements that are harder to disprove that are taken for granted.  Take for example House Republicans that say that they really want health reform. That contention isn’t challenged, because it seems plausible outside the actual political situation.  But here’s the facts: not one House Republican is likely to vote for the bill.  Evidence towards this conclusion is from the President’s other priorities where not one House Republican voted with the President (and then they still take credit for those achievements). Yet, the media portrays the situation as if only House Democrats were reasonable and would compromise then there could be a deal- where the actual situation is more like Lucy and her football with Republicans ready to exact more concessions once one is made because a deal really isn’t on the table.


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