If he's breathing...he's lying
Just another day and another Obama lie exposed. ABC News’ Jake Tapper has been using fact-checking to get down to the real truth on political debate. Tapper fact checks discovered the Obama administration’s claims that the Senate was holding up the nomination of Dr. Donald Berwick and found: “Republicans were not delaying or stalling Berwick’s nomination. Indeed, they were eager for his hearing.”
Jake Tapper reports, via Political Punch:
In announcing the recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – and two other nominees — today President Obama said in a statement that “It’s unfortunate that at a time when our nation is facing enormous challenges, many in Congress have decided to delay critical nominations for political purposes.”
That claim is reasonably true for the other two nominees given recess appointments today.
Republicans long objected to the nomination of Philip Coyle, now the associate director for National Security and International Affairs at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, because of Coyle’s opposition to missile defense.
The nomination of Joshua Gotbaum, now the director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, had also been held up.
Unmentioned by the president: the senator who had put a hold on Gotbaum’s nomination was Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who put a hold on Gotbaum’s nomination in May because of the way Gotbaum’s former employer Delphi Corp. dealt with pensioned former employees.
But it’s not the case with Berwick, whose recess appointment is getting most of the attention.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., echoed the president’s suggestion, saying that “Republican lockstep stalling of Don’s nomination was a case study in cynicism and one awful example of how not to govern.”
But Republicans were not delaying or stalling Berwick’s nomination.
Indeed, they were eager for his hearing, hoping to assail Berwick’s past statements about health care rationing and his praise for the British health care system.
“The nomination hasn’t been held up by Republicans in Congress and to say otherwise is misleading,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which would have held Berwick’s hearing.
Grassley said that he “requested that a hearing take place two weeks ago, before this recess.”
Berwick’s nomination was sent to the Senate in April, and his hearing had not been scheduled because he was participating in the “standard vetting process,” a Democratic aide on the Senate Finance Committee told ABC News.
But speaking not for attribution, Democratic officials say that neither Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., nor Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, were eager for an ugly confirmation fight four months before the midterm elections
There it is. Obama lied and blamed Republicans for delaying his appointment of another radical who favors health care rationing. It was the Democrats who were scared to hold these hearings before the November midterm elections. This is the same reason they ‘deemed and passed’ a $1.12 trillion dollar fake budget. Fear of the upcoming midterm elections.
Tapper makes a great point near the end of his report…
Does using the Constitutional recess appointment prerogative so as to avoid having to expend political energy and capital on a fight one doesn’t want to wage – does that live up to the president’s stated promise of transparency?
Obama’s transparency is well known and it is well known that much of what comes across his gums and out of his mouth are pure lies.
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