According to a headline on one right-wing site, the biggest issues with the travesty of a spending bill that the House passed last night are that it funds Obamacare and amnesty. No word about raising campaign donation limits to the national parties. Nothing about weakening Dodd-Frank so Wall Street has license to run roughshod over us again and leave us with the bill. Nary a peep about defense contractors getting more money for things the Pentagon didn’t ask for. Nope! The worst two things are Obamacare and amnesty.
The Tea Party News Network didn’t say too much about the spending bill that passed by a very narrow margin late last night. In fact, it’s very similar to an article on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, and just as vague. All either article really pointed out, besides the obvious horrors of funding Obamacare and Obama’s immigration executive order, was a list of names of Republicans who voted against the bill. Presumably, these Republicans are the ones that Tea Party voters should back in the next election.
Other right-wing sites like Breitbart and CNS News were a little more detailed, but also focused entirely on Obamacare and amnesty. CNS News, in their thinly veiled temper tantrum, said:
“Because it does not prohibit the president from using appropriated money to implement his plan to legalize illegal aliens, the president may move forward–drawing taxed and borrowed money from the Treasury–to carry out this plan.
The bill also allows the president to withdraw taxed and borrowed money from the Treasury to continue implementing Obamacare.
Additionally, the bill also does not prohibit the administration from continuing its annual federal grants to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
Nor does it include language prohibiting the administration from continuing to enforce the regulations it issued under Obamacare requiring almost all health-care plans in the United States to provide co-pay free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.”
CNS News whines, near the end, that passing this particular spending bill takes valuable leverage away from Congress for later in the year. There, too, there was not one word about Wall Street, unnecessary funding for the Pentagon, or campaign limits.
Breitbart said that Republicans voting for the spending bill voted for amnesty, and could be “in grave political danger” in the future. They quoted controversial right-wing talking head Laura Ingraham, who said that Republicans betrayed American conservatives in passing the bill. As with everyone else, Breitbart is also upset about trivial things.
It’s interesting the things over which these people are outraged. The true threats in this spending bill are the continued deregulation of Wall Street (because that worked so well before), and the increase in how much any individual can donate to political parties (because the wealthy don’t yet have enough of a voice in elections). Amnesty? It’s not amnesty, so find a real issue to be upset about. Obamacare? That’s working. Find something that’s actually hurting us to try and repeal. Betrayal? What about allocating a lot of money for things the Pentagon doesn’t want (nope! No waste here!)?
Can these people actually find a real issue to rail against about for once?