This is what it looks like when an entire political party becomes absolutely psychotic. The Democrats now respond to virtually every news event by trying to work it into their grand sequestration passion play – an overwrought dramatic production in which a tiny reduction in the rate of government growth becomes magically responsible for everything wrong with the world. They still can’t accept their failure to sell this garbage to the American people, and they sense this failure damaged Barack Obama, so they’ll never stop trying to push it on us. Ancient dinosaurs who have squatted in safe House and Senate seats for decades are thus reduced to squalling children, hoping that if they keep screaming long and loud enough, an exasperated public will finally give in and admit there’s no way to cut $45 billion out of $3.7 trillion in government spending without jeopardizing life as we know it.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) let the effort to link the Democrats’ “Sequester Terror” narrative to… the Boston Marathon bombings. From Politico:
With the Boston Marathon bombings less than 24 hours old, some on Capitol Hill are beginning to say the attack shows why Congress should???ve stopped automatic spending cuts from taking hold in March.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), speaking to reporters Tuesday morning, said the bombings are ???clearly another place where it demonstrates why having the ability to address security concerns is important.???
Hoyer added: ???I think there are multiple reasons for ensuring that we invest in our security both domestic and international security. That we invest in the education of our children, that we invest in growing jobs in America and don???t pursue any irrational policy of cutting the highest priorities and the lowest priorities by essentially the same percentage.???
Rep. Xavier Becerra of California, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said that the first responders working Monday aren???t sheltered from cuts.
???We have to send you less money to help your first responders,??? Becerra said.
No one seems to have bothered quoting her in print, but I’ve also heard Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) echo these sentiments in a news radio broadcast.
A Fox News report quotes Hoyer speaking even more bluntly, as he actually blamed sequestration for the Boston attack, saying the bombings are “proof that those automatic spending changes negatively impacted the intelligence community.” No doubt Hoyer will receive the customary closing of ears and averting of eyes from the rest of the media, extended as a standard courtesy to Democrats who say unbelievably offensive things during moments of national grief.
And in case you think this is a rare lapse of decorum for Hoyer, the last time the media graciously ignored something stupid he said, it was this comment about Republican negotiating tactics concerning the national debt limit: “It’s somewhat like taking your child hostage and saying to somebody else, ‘I’m going to shoot my child if you don’t do what I want done.’ You don’t want to shoot your child. There’s no Republican leader that wants to default on our debt that I’ve talked to.” He said this a couple of weeks after the Newtown murders.
Not to be left out, former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank – the man who nearly destroyed the financial system of the entire planet – contributed this incomprehensible lunacy, transcribed by the Daily Caller:
???Yes, exactly ??? I???m talking common sense,??? Frank said. ???I???m saying that if the sequester had gone through, as we had not had enough money, we couldn???t be able to do this. Yeah. I???m making an argument about reality. And I think that???s the only sensible response. We are spending a great deal of public money here. I am glad that we are.???
Frank called it a ???teaching moment.???
???And yes, I do want maybe for this to have some people be less enthusiastic about reducing our ability to respond to a crisis like this. You???re asking me am I trying to make an argument to affect how people make decisions about public policy? Absolutely, I think this is an important teaching moment about what we need if we???re going to live the way we want to live.???
If you can filter this down into something resembling conversational English, Frank is delivering the distilled version of the Democrats’ “Firemen First” strategy, in which trillions of dollars of government flab are hidden behind a thin line of first responders. Armies of bureaucrats rest safely, knowing that the first dollar of fiscal restraint will be taken from the hide of the nearest paramedic or police officer. That’s how the sequester money turned into the most magical penny in every government dollar – the miniscule fraction of Washington spending that somehow powers every vital service in the country.
Shameless. Despicable. Disgusting. Almost beyond belief. Almost. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid seems to have gotten away with using dead Marines as sequester props, hasn’t he? Let me give you a heads-up: the Democrats are going to continue this tantrum right through the 2014 elections, at which point you can only shut them up by blowing them out of office in record numbers, leaving the survivors too terrified to contemplate another Sequester Terror. It should be obvious by now that fiscal sanity can only be achieved by defeating the Democrat Party.