DiFi Misleads Dem Convention

John Seiler:

At this weekend’s convention in Sacramento of the California Democratic Party, Sen. Dianne Feinstein attacked Republicans and Tea Partiers for wrecking the country.

True enough, Republicans bear much of the blame. They held the presidency from 2001 to 2008. And they ran the full Congress from 2003 to 2006, four years of which they also controlled the White House — the whole shebang. They started the wars that have never ended and have bankrupted the country. And they started the wild spending that has brought us $14 trillion of federal debt.

But Democrats also are to blame. They controlled the full Congress from 2007 to 2010. And for two of those years, 2009-10, they also controlled the presidency — the whole shebang. They still control the presidency and the Senate — most of the government. There’s nothing Republicans can do without Democratic approval.

The past two years, while wielding total power, the Democrats didn’t follow through on their campaign promise to get out of Iraq. And they accelerated the Republicans’ spending-and-debt binge.

The Bee reported:

“In the five months since Republicans have taken control of the House they have tried to systematically disassemble the American dream,” she said.

Feinstein praised fellow Democrats and President Barack Obama for standing up to GOP demands to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, but called the budget proposal for next year introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the “next act in the assault on women, seniors and working people”

She cast the fundamental challenge of the country the conservative Tea Party movement’s “singular mission to cut government so it cannot serve our people.”

“In reality, the Tea Party has no plans for job creation and economic recovery. What they have is a radical, ideological agenda to dismantle the social and economic safety net of our country,” she said….

In reality, the Tea Party is confused on what it wants. It doesn’t want higher taxes and favors cutting welfare. But polls show it also Tea Partiers don’t want cuts in Social Security and Medicare. And there’s no way the debt-and-deficit chasms will be filled without cutting those two immense programs.

Doesn’t DiFi read anything?

Even Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed budget cuts fall far short of what’s needed to restore fiscal solvency. And neither Ryan nor DiFi wants to cut defense spending much, something also needed.

DiFi herself is extremely rich and has no idea how the common folks — the middle-class that pays for everything, fights the wars and stands in the unemployment lines — have suffered in this long Great Recession thanks to her spend-and-borrow-and-tax-and-war policies, which are virtually indistinguishable from similar Republican policies.

And where in the U.S. Constitution does it say that taxpayers have to fund Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, something many Americans find abhorrent? Supposedly, the money doesn’t go to abortions. But anyone who has taken an accounting course knows that money is fungible.

In her 20 years in the Senate, DiFi has done nothing to prevent, and much to cause, America’s rapid descent through the sewer pipes of history.

April 30, 2011





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