Skip to comments.The Debt Panelís Patty Murray Problem (Making her Supercommittee co-chair is not a good sign)
Posted on 08/12/2011 7:51:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Everything thats wrong with the so-called debt super-committee can be summed up in the person, partisan hackery, and policy ignorance of Washington Democrat Sen. Patty Murray.
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid named Murray co-chairman of the dog-and-pony deficit-reduction panel tasked with identifying $1.5 trillion in spending cuts by late November. Murray, an unrepentant nanny-state cheerleader and patron saint of the Washington lobbyist, is a double exclamation point on the debt deals rotten joke.
Charlie Brown had Peppermint Patty. America has U.S. Mint Patty. This is a career politician who has never met a special interest she thinks shouldnt be supported by taxpayers. Derided for her earmark addiction by both conservative and liberal civic groups, she has cemented her position as the Senate Queen of Pork over 18 gluttonous years in office.
Murray takes perverse pride in increasing debt limits on pet projects in her home state. Her solution to our fiscal crisis: spend, borrow, spend and borrow some more! In 2009, she stuffed the Obama porkulus with a $3.25 billion provision benefiting the federal Bonneville Power Administration by massively expanding its spending authority. Murray then claimed to have spurred immediate job creation. But the left-leaning Seattle Times countered that even without the new stimulus package, BPA was expected to begin construction of some new transmission lines this year. And, despite claims the added spending power will quickly create jobs, construction of many of the new power lines wouldnt start for several years.
The real impediment to construction progress? Onerous regulation, regulation, regulation. BPA insiders acknowledged that no one was actually pushing for the debt-limit increase. But Murray has an old habit of forking over unsolicited pork. National Reviews Andrew Stiles reports that she once inserted a $4.5 million earmark for a speedboat the Navy didnt want: The Navy ended up giving the boat to the University of Washington, which couldnt find a use for it either. Top executives at Guardian Marine International, the company that built the boat, later gave $15,000 to Murrays campaign.
Profligate Patty is a slavish adherent of federal entitlements for every American (and illegal alien) from cradle to grave except, of course, for the unborn targets of Murrays fanatical sisters at Planned Parenthood.
When House Republicans challenged public funding for the $1 billion abortion-industry giant (which rakes in one-third of its budget from government grants and contracts at both the state and federal levels), Murray led the defense. It was stunning to her as a woman, she raged, that fiscal conservatives would challenge Planned Parenthoods sacred subsidies. As if only men were capable of questioning the insatiable appetite of a predatory racket disguised as a reproductive health provider.
The fabled outsider mom in tennis shoes has morphed over the past two decades into just another Beltway-swamp insider in sensible heels. Murray has earned the scorn not just of right-wing taxpayer groups but also of left-wing watchdogs who flagged her 17 revolving-door staffers-turned-lobbyists and fundraising conflicts of interest. Murray, you see, is the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and refuses to cease her money-grubbing while she serves on the debt panel.
It really sends a bad message to the American people when youre the chief fundraiser trying to come up with this balanced approach to deficit reduction, Adam Smith, communications director of Public Campaign, told the newspaper the Hill. Shes going to be focused on this committee and also on fundraising? Will she make decisions based on whether it hurts the fundraising ability of the (DSCC)? Do pigs oink? Duh.
The Democratic leaderships top priority isnt to get Americas fiscal house in order. It is, as one aide candidly told the Hill, to continue to raise resources to grow and preserve our majority.
Above all else, Murray is a glaring symbol of the Democratic partys intellectual bankruptcy when it comes to solving our entitlement mess. More than a decade ago, while I served as the youngest member of the Seattle Times editorial board, I asked her about the disproportionate burden that FICA taxes imposed on Generation X and low-income workers. I wanted to know whether she supported creative alternatives to the Social Security system, such as the opt-out plan adopted by the cities of Bellevue, Wash., and Galveston, Texas.
FICA? she repeated with a puzzled glance at her entourage of D.C. staffers.
You know, payroll taxes, I added helpfully.
Response: Deer in the headlights.
Only when young and future workers have K Street lobbyists will Pork Patty get a clue.
Michelle Malkin is the author of Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies.
Newt’s assessment of the Debt panel was spot on last night... useless as balls on a sow!
RE: Newts assessment of the Debt panel was spot on last night... useless as balls on a sow!
Media meme today ( everywhere I read it or listen to the radio ) — NEWT IS BACK !!
From the day this agreement was announced I assume the ‘Death err debt panel’ would be a failure and the trigger cuts would go into effect.
The bottom line is that congress Boehner, McConnell, Ryan, Pelosi, Reid voted for the trigger cuts that dont apply until after the election (cowards) . The panel gimmick is intended to hide that.
Next congress will have to decide what to do with these cuts as well as the expiring tax cuts, so $1T of across the board defense cuts with tax increases is not looking pretty (certainly repudiates prior Republican priorities) , but Boehner said he got 95%.
A buddy of mine had a daughter who was a page a few years ago. Patty Murray was voted the stupidest of all legislators in both houses by the pages.
stupid and evil.
It’s all so obvious.
The whole super committee thing is just a stall til the next “emergency” that will be a cram down attempt to raise taxes.
” The bottom line is that congress Boehner, McConnell, Ryan, Pelosi, Reid voted for the trigger cuts that dont apply until after the election (cowards) . The panel gimmick is intended to hide that.
Next congress will have to decide what to do with these cuts as well as the expiring tax cuts, so $1T of across the board defense cuts with tax increases is not looking pretty (certainly repudiates prior Republican priorities) , but Boehner said he got 95%.”
Boner should be fired for that 95% alone!!
You've got it right...
The Dems have no intention of cutting anything and their appointments prove it