Monday, May 21, 2012

CNBC and "parliamentary issues"

  - by New Deal democrat

Via Stan Collender, we learn that CNBC has signed onto the approved Village line about the outcome of the Simpson-Bowles' deficit commission, with reporter Jeff Cox claiming that "the commission had agreed to a report to reduce the deficit."

When Collender pointed out to Cox that the Commission had not agreed to any report at all,
His email back to me said that the fact that the recommendation (he called it a "report") didn't get the required votes was "a parliamentary issue" and that I was "overheated" about it not being approved.
I don't know about you, but I'm ready to celebrate.  For example --
- I'm sure glad that we have an Equal Rights Amendment for women.  After all, the fact that enough states didn't ratify it is just "a parliamentary issue."

- It is a crowning glory of 20th Century American foreign policy that we participated in the League of Nations.  The fact that the Senate refused to ratify the Treaty of Versailles is just "a parliamentary issue."

- The presidency of Al Gore from 2001-2008 was a great success.  The fact that his popular majority didn't translate into a majority by the Electoral College is just "a parliamentary issue."
If he hadn't been so overweight during his lifetime, Mark Haines would be spinning in his grave.