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Gov. Palin: MSM doesn’t understand Government 101

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 4, 2013

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page earlier today:

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6 hours ago ·

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Gee Whiz, If Even Little Ol’ Me Understands U.S. Government 101 but MSM Doesn’t…

http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2013/10/04/who-shut-down-the-government-n1716292/page/full

Here is the the article by Thomas Sowell at Townhall.com that she linked to:

Who Shut Down the Government?

Thomas Sowell | Oct 04, 2013Thomas Sowell
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Even when it comes to something as basic, and apparently as simple and straightforward, as the question of who shut down the federal government, there are diametrically opposite answers, depending on whether you talk to Democrats or to Republicans.

There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going — except for ObamaCare.

This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the Congressional Record.

As for the House of Representatives’ right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that Congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity.

Whether ObamaCare is good, bad or indifferent is a matter of opinion. But it is a matter of fact that members of the House of Representatives have a right to make spending decisions based on their opinion.

ObamaCare is indeed “the law of the land,” as its supporters keep saying, and the Supreme Court has upheld its Constitutionality.

But the whole point of having a division of powers within the federal government is that each branch can decide independently what it wants to do or not do, regardless of what the other branches do, when exercising the powers specifically granted to that branch by the Constitution.

The hundreds of thousands of government workers who have been laid off are not idle because the House of Representatives did not vote enough money to pay their salaries or the other expenses of their agencies — unless they are in an agency that would administer ObamaCare.

Since we cannot read minds, we cannot say who — if anybody — “wants to shut down the government.” But we do know who had the option to keep the government running and chose not to. The money voted by the House of Representatives covered everything that the government does, except for ObamaCare.

The Senate chose not to vote to authorize that money to be spent, because it did not include money for ObamaCare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that he wants a “clean” bill from the House of Representatives, and some in the media keep repeating the word “clean” like a mantra. But what is unclean about not giving Harry Reid everything he wants?

If Senator Reid and President Obama refuse to accept the money required to run the government, because it leaves out the money they want to run ObamaCare, that is their right. But that is also their responsibility.

You cannot blame other people for not giving you everything you want. And it is a fraud to blame them when you refuse to use the money they did vote, even when it is ample to pay for everything else in the government.

When Barack Obama keeps claiming that it is some new outrage for those who control the money to try to change government policy by granting or withholding money, that is simply a bald-faced lie. You can check the history of other examples of “legislation by appropriation” as it used to be called.

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Perhaps the biggest of the big lies is that the government will not be able to pay what it owes on the national debt, creating a danger of default. Tax money keeps coming into the Treasury during the shutdown, and it vastly exceeds the interest that has to be paid on the national debt.

Even if the debt ceiling is not lifted, that only means that government is not allowed to run up new debt. But that does not mean that it is unable to pay the interest on existing debt.

None of this is rocket science. But unless the Republicans get their side of the story out — and articulation has never been their strong suit — the lies will win. More important, the whole country will lose.

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3 Responses to “Gov. Palin: MSM doesn’t understand Government 101”

  1. MSM understands, but they are the voice of Obama. Thats why we now call them the Lame Street Media. Honest reporting died prior to 2008.

  2. Doc Kimble said

    So, actually it’s We the People, through our Representatives, who have spoken, saying we don’t want to fund ObamaCare. So, who is cherry-picking the decisions on what to to de-fund? Seems to me, “everything else” isn’t a difficult concept to grasp. But how in Sam Hill can it be legal, then, to go ahead and just start de-funding whatever?

    Taxpayers don’t get to choose to not pay taxes, so the bill-payers (The House) can’t refuse to pay the (legitimate and funded) bills due to be paid. America doesn’t want to pay THIS tax. So, we don’t have to pay it. Simple.

    The “Full Faith & Credit” of the Dollar isn’t about Obama’s high opinion of himself, it’s about the US Taxpayer’s ability to pay taxes. Which, of course, depends on the ability of Middle Class America to get up every day and get to work. Which would be a good role for Congress to catch on to.

  3. skosper said

    The We the People do not want Obamacare after it has been discovered what it does to our everyday lives. Please fund the government minus Obamacare…the people are speaking. Enough with school games. President Obama, you are accountable and America’s financial future is in your hands…no one else’s…do right if you love Country…have some compassion.

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