Debt Ceiling, Budge Cuts Theatre: The Act of Matthews and Walsh
The GOP law makers and talking heads criticize the President for not naming cuts in the budget. Then the GOP majority house passes a joke-of-a bill with a fancy title, “Cut, Cap and Balance” [for cut spending, cap the debt ceiling instead of filing for bankruptcy and balance the budget]. Name is catchy. Intended purposes are good. But, the bill itself is a farce and political theater. Guess what the bill lacks? Specifics on what and where to cut. Specifics is exactly where the Republicans are critical of the President.
Chris Matthews calls the GOP congressman Joe Walsh on this empty bill and calls it what it is – a joke. The congressman, trained in the art of delivering GOP talking points, attacks and attacks and attacks Chris. Waste of time to watch, but an entertaining exchange, nevertheless! 🙂 Via Huffington Post:
Chris Matthews had a blistering exchange with Republican Joe Walsh on Tuesday’s “Hardball.”
Walsh, an Illinois Congressman, was on to discuss the House GOP’s Tea Party-backed debt plan bill, which would later pass the House on Tuesday night. The bill called for deep spending cuts, spending caps and a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution.
Matthews, unsurprisingly, was not satisfied with the bill. “Why is the bill you’re voting on today not mentioning any specific cut?” he asked Walsh.
Walsh said that there were hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts in the plan.
“There’s no plan there,” Matthews cut in. “it’s not a plan. It’s not a plan.” He kept hammering on this theme until Walsh lost patience and raised the issue of President Obama.
“Hey, Chris, your president, who sends a tingle up your leg–” he began, referring to the infamous “thrill up my leg” statement Matthews made about Obama during the 2008 election.
“Okay,” Matthews responded. “Here we go. This is where I thought we’d end up. I think it’s ‘our’ president … and first of all, tingles is your word.”
“He doesn’t send a thrill up my leg, Chris, all right?” Walsh fired back. “And he has not been serious about this debt crisis and why don’t you jump on that?”
Matthews asked if Walsh would resign if, due to a default on the debt, there is an economic crisis in August. Walsh asked him if he would resign from “Hardball.” Things stayed like that for the rest of the conversation, with Matthews accusing Walsh of playing “brinksmanship” with economy and Walsh calling Matthews a “bully” who was “out of touch.”
“We’re getting nowhere,” Matthews finally said. “This is childish.”
“This is why a lot of people won’t come on your show,” Walsh replied.
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