You gotta love a Congress of action. After winning back the House, the Republicans were gonna come out swinging, they were gonna fix shit, right the ship, etc.
What we have gotten, among other things like House Oversight chair Rep. Darrell Issa asking over 150 companies and trade associations which regulations they would like gutted by the new Congress, are three bills to eliminate funding for public broadcasting in America.
Three bills. Not one, not two, but three separate bills at the same damn time, to address the same damn thing. Yeah, I hear you. What the absolute fuck?
This comes down to two questions. How under-confident are the Republicans in their chances to accomplish anything that they will stoop to introducing three of each bill, to give them three times the "we tried to help, we really did" street credit? Or, what backroom crap is in each of these three bills, and are you just kind of hoping the least of three evils will somehow slip by the Senate?
The GOP is try to play a deficit card, and for no logical reason I can see. You wanna scream deficit, wave a copy of our defense tab, or explain the 400% markups paid on some Medicare items, but try not starting with lone educational media outlet NOT slowly becoming another halfway home for reality shows that couldn't make Prime Time. Especially when the GOP should damn well know a Democratic-controlled Senate wouldn't pass it, and a Democratic President would veto it at any rate.
Now, if the House Republicans would draft a bill forcing public broadcasting to change how it conducts their insufferable pledge drives, maybe I could get on board. Until then, maybe they should not touch that dial, and get back to some sensible legislating. Lord knows, it'd look good on CSPAN, if anyone bothered to watch, that is...
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