Dem Senator issues “call to arms” in fight against GOP budget cuts

posted at 2:15 pm on February 4, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

I can’t tell.  Is it considered “New Tone” in the wake of the violent-rhetoric debate to issue a “call to arms” over budgetary policy?  Perhaps it is when the person demanding the call is a Democrat rather than a Republican.  That’s rather revealing, as is the implicit admission over the composition of the politician’s “army”:

As Congress prepares to make deep spending cuts, an army of lobbyists is gearing up to fight back.

In an e-mail obtained by ABC News, a top staffer for the key Senate Appropriations subcommittee called for a meeting of lobbyists and interest groups that would be affected by expected cuts to the Labor and Heath and Human Services budget. The Jan. 24 meeting was attended by approximately 400 people, sources told ABC, and served as a “call to arms” for those determined to fight Republican budget cuts.

“One thing everyone should be able to agree on now is that a rising tide lifts all boats, and that a higher [Labor, Health & Human Services] allocation improves the chances for every stakeholder group to receive more funding,” the committee staffer for Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, wrote in an e-mail inviting people to the meeting.

So Tom Harkin’s “army” is comprised of lobbyists and special-interest groups?  That’s certainly no surprise to most of us, but it’s damned decent of his staffer to make it clear.

And for what purpose does Harkin’s staff issue this “call to arms”?  Why, the purpose is to make sure that the federal trough gets filled so that they can feed at it.  The “rising tide lifts all boats” doesn’t refer to the productive private-sector economy, after all, but from the public-sector slush funds that feed Harkin’s Army of lobbyists and cronies.  Again, damned decent of Harkin and his team to clarify.

This isn’t a call to arms after all. It’s a mess call for Harkin’s Army to feed off of taxpayers.

As for the New Tone, there is nothing wrong at all in the use of the martial phrase “call to arms” in a political context; in fact, in this case it’s deliciously revealing.  However, we certainly expect all of the Vocabulary and Metaphor Police to either scold Harkin over the use of violent imagery — or to kindly resign their positions from the Bowdlerization Marines henceforth.  That would also be damned decent of the post-Tucson blamethrowers, and therefore almost certainly unrealistic.


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Any crime that happens within the next 12 years having to do with Arms is Tom Harkins fault.

How can you sleep at night, Tom?

portlandon on February 4, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Call to arms…didn’t Palin get in trouble for saying a lot less, and doing a lot less?
I thought these liberal goons wanted to purge all conversations regarding “war” and violence.

right2bright on February 4, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Dude, tone down the hate!

hillbillyjim on February 4, 2011 at 2:22 PM

However, we certainly expect all of the Vocabulary and Metaphor Police to either scold Harkin over the use of violent imagery — or to kindly resign their positions from the Bowdlerization Marines henceforth.

Heh, just to see Harkin’s picture (front of thread) is eye-poking and blinding. How’s that, vocabulary police?

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Charge
*******

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE1huPYerp0

canopfor on February 4, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Another case of incontinent men ‘leading’ the once great land…

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Yawn. Hey, look, Palin’s snubbing the gay Republicans again!

fossten on February 4, 2011 at 2:25 PM

I think Harkin is all wee-wee’d up.

BobMbx on February 4, 2011 at 2:25 PM

The bast*rd! Did he say what gun to arm with? Specificity please… Caliber and magazine size matters ya know.
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RalphyBoy on February 4, 2011 at 2:25 PM

We need more Dem Senators like Tom Harkin. At least until 2012.

SlaveDog on February 4, 2011 at 2:25 PM

an army of lobbyists

More violent rhetoric!

/sarc

rbj on February 4, 2011 at 2:25 PM

It’s a mess call for Harkin’s Army to feed off of taxpayers.

I guess it could be a call to arms for Harkin’s Army to make sure they get off their a$$es and fight for their continued chance to feed off the public teat. This is illuminating on how Dems view entitlement, power, and public engagement. They ladle out the pork, expect votes in return, and stir up the pot of activity as a means to get public engagement when their ladle gets holes shot in it (pun intended, old tone..sorry). The public gets engaged, their pork is protected, they ladle out more, and expect more votes/power in return. Funny thing is that this little cycle revolves around one thing—Democratic Party Power, capital P.

ted c on February 4, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Dem Senator issues “call to arms” in fight against GOP budget cuts
====================

Progressives call for *Preemptive strike* against GOP!

Liberal Socialists,mull over GOP *Hard Targets*!

Moderate Liberal Democrats *Hope for Upcoming Conflict
with GOP*!

Jack*ss’s confused with *Fog of War against the GOP*!
(snark).

canopfor on February 4, 2011 at 2:29 PM

He’s chosen his hill to fight on, although in this case it’s actually a lobby.

Drained Brain on February 4, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Such hypocrisy from the left. Nothing but a bunch of cement headed sewer rats.

rjoco1 on February 4, 2011 at 2:30 PM

When will these idiots understand that every extra dollar spent is another dollar borrowed, with interest?

I can only surmise that they do understand and they just don’t give a damn.

hillbillyjim on February 4, 2011 at 2:31 PM

“One thing everyone should be able to agree on now is that a rising tide lifts all boats

Only a Democrat could think that taking water from the ocean and flushing it down the toilet raises the tide.

American Elephant on February 4, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Harkin is an old fool that lied about his war record and is now letting his mouth overload his butt. Why they keep electing this pile of goat dung defies one’s imagination.

rplat on February 4, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Well the ‘new civil tone’ didn’t last long, did it? And after all that cooing and sitting together during SOTU.

But never fear, Barry’s “leaning right”. The liberal elite of the East Coast MSM have decreed it so.

GarandFan on February 4, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Actually, I don’t think a “call to arms” is language that’s too strident for a man who flew combat missions over North Vietnam.

SlaveDog on February 4, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Democrats: Bankrupting your children one generation at a time and luvin it!

search4truth on February 4, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Only a Democrat could think that taking water from the ocean and flushing it down the toilet raises the tide.

American Elephant on February 4, 2011 at 2:31 PM

That’s good.

Badger40 on February 4, 2011 at 2:35 PM

“One thing everyone should be able to agree on now is that a rising tide lifts all boats

And what happened to Obama decreasing the level of the seas?????

search4truth on February 4, 2011 at 2:35 PM

rjoco1 on February 4, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Way to insult concrete, sewers, and rats in one fell swoop.

Wind Rider on February 4, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Actually, I don’t think a “call to arms” is language that’s too strident for a man who flew combat missions over North Vietnam.

SlaveDog on February 4, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Except he didn’t.

hillbillyjim on February 4, 2011 at 2:38 PM

“We obviously have to cut the budget deficit and address the debt problem, but are we going to do that on the backs of the poor, the unemployed, those without child care, et cetera? That’s the kind of thing that could halt the economic recovery in its tracks.”

Lefty playboook, page 1, section 1.

mankai on February 4, 2011 at 2:39 PM

At “The Corner,” Robert Costa reports on Rep. Paul Ryan’s response to this Dem’s “call to arms” for help from lobbyists.

“You can’t make this stuff up,” chuckles Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, in an interview with National Review Online. “The spending special interests are coming out of the seams. They are activating K Street to work on their behalf.”

On Thursday, Ryan unveiled his plan to slice off chunks of the federal budget and return discretionary spending to 2008 levels. Immediately, Democrats threw potshots; Sen. Harry Reid (D., Nev.), for instance, called the cuts “draconian.”

Ryan tells us that Democrats should stop huddling behind closed doors and engage in a frank debate about the country’s fiscal future. “They should stop protecting their special interests at the expense of the taxpayer,” he says. “Instead, they are procrastinating and kicking the can down the road, which is only accelerating our path toward a debt crisis. They are trying to deny the obvious: that spending is out of control.”

“By denying the obvious, they’re courting draconian changes,” Ryan explains. “If we work now to restore budget discipline, then we can avoid draconian austerity measures; if we don’t, then we won’t be able to avoid them. Democrats are simply trying to dupe the American people into thinking that we can keep giving bureaucracies double-digit spending increases every year without consequence.”

Indeed, the Harkin aide’s e-mail, Ryan concludes, is indicative of how Democrats handle debates on the Hill. “It’s another chapter in the same old story,” he sighs. “As with how they passed health care, they are relying on backroom deals, getting lobbyists to carry their water, demagoguery — it’s another example of how they think that the end justifies the means.”

onlineanalyst on February 4, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Harkin is one of those lifetime career political types who has only known the good life that has come to him by sitting in that Senate seat of his, and who wouldn’t know an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay if it bit him in the rear end on Sunday.

Iowa should have retired this aged bygone remnant of the dinosaur era years ago.

pilamaye on February 4, 2011 at 2:54 PM

OF COURSE it is different when a demoncrat says it, silly!
Such bloody hypocrites!

Sterling Holobyte on February 4, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Isn’t Harkin one of the guys who said he was a Viet Nam hero but later had to admit he was talking about landing in Japan instead. Why do these liberals lie about war records after they have done everything to see that our soldiers are defeated? Like the liar Reid who declared the war was lost on the floor of the Senate and then later tried to take credit for the success. These scumbags are despicable. The only thing lower than these scumbags is the scum who vote them into office.

volsense on February 4, 2011 at 3:29 PM

If this is what we can expect from Washington over a piddly 32 Billion reduction then there is no hope. We are not going to get serious until the whole house comes crashing down.

tommyboy on February 4, 2011 at 3:29 PM

@slavedog @2:34 PM

Harkin couldn’t find North Viet Nam on a map. The reason human scum like Harkin lies with every breath is because of the human trash that swallows his swill so eagerly. How does human trash like Harkin, Reid, Schumer, Pelosi and countless others keep exploiting the pure ignorance of those who have no clue?

volsense on February 4, 2011 at 3:35 PM

WTF!
This really is funny. A call to arms?
You couldn’t write this sruff.

ORconservative on February 4, 2011 at 3:35 PM

We need to call them what they are. Would the “New Tories” be an accurate description?

Keith_Indy on February 4, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Anyone have a link to Harkin’s map “targeting” specific Republicans?

See what happens when you treat liberals with civility?

Roy Rogers on February 4, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Sen. Tom Harkin, who called Vice President Dick Cheney a “coward” on Tuesday for not serving in Vietnam, has been exposed for lying about his own Vietnam service – or, rather, lack thereof.

“Senator Harkin is a proven fabricator when it comes to his own Vietnam-era record,” reports the Wall Street Journal in Thursday editions.

Revisiting its own 1979 report on the tart-tongued Iowa Democrat, the Journal notes:
“In 1979, Mr. Harkin, then a congressman, participated in a round-table discussion arranged by the Congressional Vietnam Veterans’ Caucus. ‘I spent five years as a Navy pilot, starting in November of 1962,’ Mr. Harkin said at that meeting, in words that were later quoted in a book, Changing of the Guard, by Washington Post political writer David Broder. ‘One year was in Vietnam. I was flying F-4s and F-8s on combat air patrols and photo-reconnaissance support missions. I did no bombing.’”

The Journal continues:

“That clearly is not an accurate picture of his Navy service. . . . Mr. Harkin’s Navy record shows his only decoration is the National Defense Service Medal, awarded to everyone on active service during those years. He did not receive either the Vietnam Service medal or the Vietnam Campaign medal, the decorations given to everyone who served in the Southeast Asia theater.”

“It turned out Mr. Harkin had not seen combat and was stationed in Japan.”

In fact, rather than doing his part to beat back global Communism, Harkin was actually an aider and abettor to Moscow’s cause.

Unnoted in today’s Journal report; in 1986 Harkin famously traveled to Managua, Nicaragua to assure Fidel Castro’s proxy Daniel Ortega that Senate Democrats were working overtime to thwart President Reagan’s efforts to bring Democracy to the region.

With him on the mission – fellow peacenik Sen. John Kerry.

http://www.strangezoo.com/content/item/101900.html

Sh#t Birds of a feather…

Roy Rogers on February 4, 2011 at 3:56 PM

“One thing everyone should be able to agree on now is that a rising tide lifts all boats, and that a higher [Labor, Health & Human Services] allocation improves the chances for every stakeholder group to receive more funding,”

Great satire!

burt on February 4, 2011 at 4:29 PM

I wonder why my fellow Iowans keep voting for him time after time. I just don’t get it!

Rndguy on February 4, 2011 at 6:18 PM

This isn’t a call to arms after all. It’s a mess call for Harkin’s Army to feed off of taxpayers.

They call that the Annual Harkin Steak Fry. One of very few times Harkin is seen in Iowa!

Rndguy on February 4, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Harkin is an old fool that lied about his war record and is now letting his mouth overload his butt. Why they keep electing this pile of goat dung defies one’s imagination.

rplat on February 4, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Because eastern Iowa, from about Des Moines east anyhow, is Democrat country. Really don’t know why, except maybe because of a lot of unions in eastern Iowa. Western Iowa belongs to the Republicans, unfortunately, most of the population lives in the eastern half.

kam582 on February 4, 2011 at 6:25 PM