Senator John Kerry (D-MA), in a remarkable stroke of frankness, told MSNBC on Friday that the media have a responsibility to ignore the Tea Party and others who opposed the recent increase in the debt ceiling from about 14.5 trillion to about 15.4 trillion. Take it straight from him:
The media has got to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everybody knows is not factual.
It doesn’t deserve the same credit as a legitimate idea about what you do. And the problem is everything is put into this tit-for-tat equal battle and America is losing any sense of what’s real, of who’s accountable, of who is not accountable, of who’s real, who isn’t, who’s serious, who isn’t?
Senator Kerry’s views are utterly backwards in every way. He seems to think it perfectly ordinary and mainstream to casually take on more trillions of debt, while he blasts as “dangerously radical” the notion of not spending more than one receives.
However, that’s not half as ironic as the last part of the Senator’s statement, where he floats the idea that American politics is losing a sense of who’s accountable and real because of the Tea Party. That’s down-right cringe-worthy given that just about a week ago, Senator Kerry told Senator Rubio (R-FL) that when President Obama and other Democrats lie and flip-flop, it’s okay. I’m not kidding. Once again, in his own words, Senator Kerry:
On Democrats who voted against raising the debt limit when Bush was in office: “[T]hose votes did not run the risk of default, because it was going to pass overwhelmingly every time.”
On then-Senator Obama opposing raising the debt limit: “[E]verybody knew he wasn’t about to get his way; that was a truly symbolic vote.”
Symbolic vote? So America is losing a sense of reality because of the Tea Party, but not because of the President who says stuff like this…
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies…
Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. — Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), March 20, 2006
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