GOP ad: Let’s face it, Democrats are keeping the government shut down
posted at 11:09 am on October 8, 2013 by Guy Benson
Since the ad was produced, the GOP has tacked on another government funding measure to the list Reid continues to ignore; this time, funding the Food and Drug Administration:
House approves FDA funding bill 235 to 162. Part of the piecemeal approach opposed by the White House. (@JaredHalpern)
— FOX News Radio (@foxnewsradio) October 7, 2013
In the spirit of Democratic rhetoric, I ask: Why does Harry Reid oppose safe food for children? As the above vote total indicates, a number of House Democrats crossed the aisle to join Republicans in this effort — which isn’t an anomaly. Dozens of Democrats have repeatedly defected to vote with the anti-government, anarchistic GOP to fund various elements of the federal government. Harry Reid and Barack Obama’s consistent reply to these proposed compromises? “No, and we will not negotiate.” Correction: Actually, they haven’t been completely consistent. The Senate unanimously passed legislation to fund the military during the shutdown, which the president signed, and now the White House has signaled support for an item that would ensure back pay for furloughed government workers. Reid, apparently unaware of Obama’s acquiescence on this point, initially attacked it as “cruel,” or something. Get with the program, Harry
Exit questions — Allahpundit™: (1) If the White House and Democrat-held Senate are willing to approve a piecemeal bills like the military and backpay efforts, how do they justify opposing funding the NIH, FDA, Food Stamps and VA in a similar fashion? Is guaranteeing retroactive pay for federal bureaucrats more important than funding active cancer research, food inspections, and healthcare for combat veterans? (2) The NRCC ad embedded in this post is a web-only spot. It’s also effective. I realize it’d be an off-year expenditure, but why not consider cutting a 30-second version of this video and airing it in swing districts? Fighting Democrats to a draw on their shutdown scare-down may have lasting benefits. Keep in mind that the national GOP has some cash to spend (the NPS’ reply to that offer, by the way, is just about the lamest thing ever); the Dems are broke.