Thursday, October 03, 2013

Harry Reid: Forget Kids with Cancer in the Name of the Goverment Shutdown

You might remember the clarion call of the leftists: "If (insert pet leftist political issue here -- gun control, texting laws, car seat regulations etc.) saves one life, it's worth it." However inane and meaningless this argument is, it is one leftists drag out all the time. Apparently this leftist canard doesn't apply during a government shutdown or so says Harry Reid:

Earlier on Wednesday, Reid was engaged in a terse back and forth with CNN reporter Dana Bash, who asked him why the Senate wouldn’t consider passing a bill to fund the National Institute of Health, after reports that some young cancer patients were being kept out of clinical trials because of the shutdown.

“If you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?,” Bash asked.

“Why would we want to do that?,” Reid shot back. “I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own. This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless.”
Well Harry, you daft old bastard, how many of those 1,100 people at Nellis are kids with cancer? These folks will get their back pay for not working. Some of these kids are going to die of cancer. Some may be saved by the clinical trials you have consciously decided to stop funding.

Once they got Harry back on his medication, he was forced to clarify his remarks. But he did so on the Bill Press show so nobody heard him:

“The whole answer is this – why would we want to have the House of Representatives, John Boehner, cherry pick what stays open and what should be closed?,” he said. “Listen, I gave a speech on the floor talking about the babies – 30 babies, little kids who are not going to have clinical trials. Of course I care about that. I have 16 of my own grandchildren and five of my own children.”
That's the way the U.S. Constitution works, you old bastard: The U.S. Congress holds the power of the purse. If they want to do piecemeal funding bills, they can do them and put you in the position of voting against the funding of clinical trails for cancer-stricken children. All because of your dogged determination, along with your master Barack the Terrible, to continue to push forward for funding for a broken health insurance program that no one needs or wants.

Time for you to find a nice retirement home in Nevada, Harry. Just go away and leave the American people alone. And John Boehner, who seems to have re-located his testicles, can just keep those piecemeal funding bills coming. 


Karen A said...

Four days ago you said we should let the damn government shut down. "It's happened many times before and we're all still alive." you wrote.

Now you are complaining that the shutdown of the damn government has stopped finding for medical trials and that, as a result, some kids are going to die.

Does being hypocritical and contradictory come naturally or do you have to work at it?

Conservasteve said...
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Conservasteve said...

You do realize that we're just talking about a partial government shut down, don't you, and that the executive branch makes the decisions about what is and is not "essential"? The point I'm making is that choosing to barricade and guard public monuments to keep out 90-year-olds while showing utter contempt for cancer kids' access to clinical trials is a damn strange way to prioritize funding. And the fact that the old bastard REFUSED to fund NIH might even be called evil.

Karen A said...

You wrote:

". . . the executive branch makes the decisions about what is and is not 'essential'"

But that's not true. I mean, it's just objectively false.

Think about it . . . if what you wrote were true, why wouldn't President Obama simply declare every government function he liked to be essential? If it were true, no party in Congress would ever want a shutdown with an opposite party controlling the executive branch.

What is and is not "essential" (technically, the term is "excepted") is determined by an act of Congress! Congressionally-aproved statues mandated the closing of public monuments and clinical trials during a shutdown.

Please Google "Antideficiency Act shutdown" to learn more.