Never let a crisis go to waste, right?
If you’re a scumbag Democrat congressman and you see the Boston Marathon bombing as a good crisis, then naturally you’ll use it for political ends. So of course you’re going to whine about the sequester…
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), speaking to reporters Tuesday morning, said the bombings are “clearly another place where it demonstrates why having the ability to address security concerns is important.”
Hoyer added: “I think there are multiple reasons for ensuring that we invest in our security both domestic and international security. That we invest in the education of our children, that we invest in growing jobs in America and don’t pursue any irrational policy of cutting the highest priorities and the lowest priorities by essentially the same percentage.”
Rep. Xavier Becerra of California, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said that the first responders working Monday aren’t sheltered from cuts.
“We have to send you less money to help your first responders,” Becerra said.
What an embarrassment.
What’s worse is that this is becoming accepted political discourse. The ghoulish exploitation of dead bodies happened with the Gabby Giffords shooting, then with Aurora, then in spades with Newtown.
And now it’s the Boston Marathon bombing.
Of course, you can’t use this to push gun control or gay marriage. Instead you can use it to increase government spending. Naturally, that’s a ruse – if Hoyer and Becerra or their boss at the White House were serious about devoting more resources to first responders they could come up with a way to move money in the $3.5 TRILLION federal budget from someplace less critical into the homeland security realm.
Have they suggested that? No. Low-priority items in the federal budget remain just as well-funded as they’ve always been. They won’t cut a dime from rattlesnake research or the 105 different programs which teach teachers how to deal with gay Hispanic kids…or whatever. No, the answer is always to spend more money and to commandeer a terrorist atrocity to the promotion of that spending.
We’ve got to make such shameless politicization punishable by electoral oblivion. If this ever becomes OK to do, or politically beneficial to do, the effects will be devastating to public discourse.
Perhaps we’re already there.