Wrong on shutdown
Wrong on shutdown
I read the editorial “The shutdown: Who's ‘crazy'? Why, Democrats, of course” (Oct. 2 and TribLIVE.com). Among other dubious assertions, it stated: “(Remember, Senate Democrats haven't passed an actual budget in years.)” Of course, that's absolutely untrue. The Senate passed its fiscal year 2014 budget resolution in March (“Senate Passes $3.7 Trillion Budget, Setting Up Contentious Negotiations,” The New York Times, March 23).
For more than six months, House Republicans refused to name members to a conference committee that could have reconciled the House and Senate versions to avoid the government shutdown. The words and actions of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and tea-party House members prove that the shutdown was their desired and inevitable outcome. They are proud of the shutdown — why isn't the Trib?
The Trib markets itself as “Conservative views. Objective news.” Editorials are written to persuade readers that the Trib's viewpoint is correct, using facts to support its argument. Without this, its argument fails and its editorial is self-refuted.
You can have your conservative views, but you can't have your own “conservative facts” that falsely present “reality on the ground.”
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