By Skip Chatterson - October 2, 2013
REID: Why would we want to do that?
Yep you read that correctly. Harry Reid and the senate democrats voted down a funding bill that would allow children with cancer to receive care at the National Institute for Health. The NIH is currently shut down along with the rest of the government. The House sent a bill to the senate to allow funding for the NIH during this shut down and Harry Reid and friend shot it down.
Here is the questioning from the CNN reporter and I will give kudos to her for not backing down:
DANA BASH: You all talked about children with cancer unable to go to clinical trials. The House is presumably going to pass a bill that funds at least the NIH. Given what you’ve said, will you at least pass that? And if not, aren’t you playing the same political games that Republicans are?
HARRY REID: Listen, Sen. Durbin explained that very well, and he did it here, did it on the floor earlier, as did Sen. Schumer. What right did they have to pick and choose what part of government is going to be funded? It’s obvious what’s going on here. You talk about reckless and irresponsible. Wow. What this is all about is Obamacare. They are obsessed. I don’t know what other word I can use. They’re obsessed with this Obamacare. It’s working now and it will continue to work and people will love it more than they do now by far. So they have no right to pick and choose.
BASH: But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?
REID: Why would we want to do that? I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own. This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless
I am sure that Boehner did not intend for this bill to be a gotcha bill, but the democrats are willing to sacrifice children and the taxpayers to get EVERYTHING THEY want.
You can tell Reid used to be a boxer. He was really dancing around the question. Sen. Reid, I am happy you at least faux caring for the military, but the Air Force personnel will get back pay, but the children will not get time back from cancer.
While Sen. Reid was punching out the kids, Reid got hit by a girl. Good TKO Dana Bash.
UPDATE: I had wondered how the press would spin the entire shutdown as the republicans fault. I guess I didn’t think CNN would submarine their own reporter:
8:30 — BREAKING : Media Stops Caring About Kids with Cancer
In an extraordinary turnaround in just one day, the media seem to have stopped caring about kids with cancer.
Just yesterday, the story of children unable to get experimental cancer treatments from the National Institute of Health due to the shutdown was all over the media. Today, I have hardly heard a peep about these same sick children.
What happened between yesterday and today is that the GOP agreed to fund the NIH and give these kids the treatments they need. But Obama threatened a veto. So it is really Obama’s fault that these kids are not getting treatment today, not the GOP’s. And…
…the media just aren’t going to continue a Narrative that will now hurt Obama.
Hopefully, the parents of these children understand that the media is no longer care about their children because to do so would now damage Obama. And to our media, advocating for sick children just isn’t worth hurting Obama.
October 2, 2013
4:51 – How Insane Is Media Bias During Shutdown? This Biased:
1. The President of the United States blocked aged WWII veterans from entering an open-air memorial even though the White House knew they were flying in from all over the country. This memorial is normally open 24/7.
2. Harry Reid dismissed kids sick with cancer.
3. President Obama tried to spook the stock market.
…and the media is going to let the Obama and Democrats get away will ALL OF IT.
4:42 – CNN Buries Their Own Reid Scoop In ‘Clash with Reporter’ Story
It was easy to predict that CNN would bury their own scoop. What Reid said could too easily change the shutdown debate and turn it against Democrats. So, like the Washington Post, CNN lets Reid off the hook by angling Reid dismissing kids with cancer as a “clash with reporter” story.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fired off over a question about whether the Democratic-controlled Senate would vote to restore funding for children undergoing clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health.
Media outlets like CNN put protecting Democrats above their own scoops.
4:21 – Chuck Todd Reports Obama Trying To Spook Markets
Is Obama really so desperate for a political win that he would try to spook the markets into tanking in order to strengthen his hand?
4:08pm – Washington Post Buries Reid Gaffe in ‘Clashes with Reporter’ Headline
The Washington Post went on a rampage against Mitt Romney over the 47% video, but Harry Reid saying “Why would we want to do that,” and comparing furloughed workers sitting at home to kids sick with cancer, is buried in a story about “clashing” with a reporter.