The HoustonChronicle.com premium website is featuring a story today with an opening paragraph that is the perfect lede for the reopening of BlogHouston.net (now .com). For those who don’t know, BlogHouston.net was an offshoot of the original “opposition” news in Houston, ChronicallyBiased.com. The proprietor of BH, Kevin Whited, took an extended break and recently announced a reopening. Here is the opening paragraph by Houston Chronicle writer (I just can’t make myself call him a journalist) Stewart M. Powell:
Veteran Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said a possible endgame for the nine-day shutdown of federal operations would involve negotiations over long-term spending without the Draconian defunding of the Affordable Care Act sought by fellow Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
If that isn’t ChronicallyBiased, then you can kiss my…well, something.
Draconian defunding? Really?
How about the Draconian implementation of a mish mash hodgepodge of laws designed to force citizens to purchase an item they don’t want? Where is that in your story Mr. Powell?
The article itself gets worse for our esteemed Sen. John Cornyn. Check this out:
Without naming Cruz, Cornyn faulted critics of Obamacare for sticking to their initial strategy of linking the perennial partisan debate over federal spending with elimination of funding to implement the Affordable Care Act, the official name for the health care law.
The law was enacted in 2010 and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012.
Since the shutdown, House Republicans have sent the Democratic-led Senate four successive measures designed to repeal, delay or modify the most sweeping health insurance overhaul since Medicare in the 1960s. But none has passed the Senate.
“I think we’ve now discovered that this has morphed into the debt ceiling debate,” Cornyn said. “The debt ceiling is where the big money is and where I think the fight has to be – where we have to draw the line in the sand.”
Cornyn said $1.1 trillion in federal borrowing over the next year would be at stake in prospective negotiations over the debt ceiling.
Is Sen. Cornyn kidding me? The debt ceiling is where the “big money” is? Increasing the debt ceiling to pay bills already approved is worse than the freaking train wreck called the unAffordable Care Act? Theater of the absurd. The CBO says that the uACA will cost the taxpayers an additional $2.6 trillion in NEW spending, not including the cost of paying higher premiums for poorer care.
How do you even respond to something like that?
Well, I’m sure the guys over at BlogHouston.com will figure out a way to. Check out their reopening and welcome them back to the fray. We need all the help we can get.