This morning’s most amusing comment by a conservative politician

State Rep. Julia Howard — who, in fairness, occasionally bucks the conservative establishment in the North Carolina GOP — had this to say during a legislative hearing at the General Assembly yesterday on unemployment insurance as she expressed her frustration with the McCrory administration’s failure to implement a legislative directive:

““It’s the law,” she said. “Unless you repeal the law, we should be compliant.”

Hopefully, Rep. Howard is communicating this sentiment to her fellow conservative Republicans in Washington as they hold the nation hostage over a duly enacted and constitutional law.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/10/02/3248307/gop-senator-urges-governor-to.html#storylink=cpy


  1. Alex

    October 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I thought the one made by Harry Reid was even stranger and more bizarre !

    “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is blaming Republicans for the National Institutes of Health turning away cancer patients. But when asked why the Senate wouldn’t try to help “one child who has cancer” by approving a mini-spending bill, he shot back: “Why would we want to do that?”

    Then the arrogant politician went so far as to chastise the reporter who asked the question !

  2. gregflynn

    October 3, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Chuck Schumer responded to the question from Dana Bash by saying ” Why put one against the other?” and Reid followed that up by saying “Why would we want to do that?”.

  3. love my state

    October 3, 2013 at 11:56 am

    oh Alex (ALEC) you can’t even cut and paste without error! Hurry now, the FOX tribe is waiting!

  4. Alex

    October 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    There is no excuse for sheer arrogance greg ! You certainly should be aware of that.His behavior towards Dana Bash was atrocious.

  5. GOP Rules

    October 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I believe the conservatives are following the law while trying to actually take steps to repeal it. Unfortunately the liberals are not open to negotiating anything, their arrogance harkens back to a history book I am reading about the early 1800’s and the arrogance and refusal to negotiate a lot of economic issues back then. Hopefully it does not lead to another Civil War type situation on the spending issue. Although we may not have a choice when we can no longer borrow.

  6. Cheryl

    October 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Now thats Ironic. Its okay for the Republicans to say a law is a law that they made, however its totally okay to shutdown the Gov. over a bill they don’t like.

  7. Jayhawk

    October 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Republicans ought to cut their losses. Attempting to pull the wool over the public eyes with blame shifting tactics does not make republicans appear like moral agents. Even if the misrepesentation of Harry Reid’s words were true, one democrats “words” do not have the power to undo the fact that republicans are responsible for the government shutdown. And ineffective small bills, are just bandaids. The real fix that is needed is a reasonable budget.

  8. Jayhawk

    October 3, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Also saying democrats have problems negotiating is transference. Republican are the ones who started legistative strikes which is uncooperative by it’s very nature. They are refusing to do their work, out of spite, since their protest of ACA wont change anything.

    Their refusal to do what they’re paid to do is just criminal. It’s immoral to use vulnerable and innocent people, as bargaining chips to leverage a negotiation. I think most people can see who the bad guy is in this hostage situation…well anyone who isn’t suffering from stockholm syndrome.

  9. wncgirl

    October 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Don’t forget NC has a claim to fame in all this…. Mark Meadows is now gunning for conservative moron of the year… of course he is up against some stellar opponents, but keep your fingers crossed for this floridiot to take the gold. ( no offense Florida -I just can’t stand for people to think the adulterous lil twerp is home grown)

  10. david esmay

    October 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Here’s another comment by Indiana GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman, We’re not going to be disrespected, we have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

    This highlights the mindless stupidity of the Republican party. Where do they find these morons like Stutzman, Louie Gohmert, NC’s own Mark Meadows and Patrick McHenry(the Mad Gnome of Charlotte)? The GOP has had to double scrape the bottom of the barrel to find this human refuse.

  11. LayintheSmakDown

    October 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    You guys (TM) are decrying this tactic when Tip Oneill was the master of shutting down the budget for economics related purposes. The difference now is that we have a progressive-controlled media to hold the torch for pompous democrats who refuse to negotiate with Republicans. Oh, and we have the worst president in history who has prove he actually physically unable to negotiate without getting rolled like a piece of carpet (can anyone say Putin’s the man).


  12. Alan

    October 3, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    GOP Rules/LSD (insert here whatever other name writes the same nonsence…) appears to be working late in the Civitas office, not bad after previosuly stating he only posts during his lunch hour. Is GOPR/LSD alluding to ‘2nd ammendment remedies’, I hope note, NSA is watching…

    I wonder how vociferous Doogie/LSD/GOPR (etc.) were when we had an out of control GOP Bush administration spending like there was no tomorrow, pretty much silent I would guess.

    PS. “Worst President in History” was Bush 2, or more acurately, President Cheney.

  13. Jayhawk

    October 4, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Radical republicans are not following the law. They are extremists who are working outside of the democratic process to try and overturn a law. I assume that their ends are to harm a majority who benefit. In any accord, claiming that others have done this in the past does not justify these actions in the present. Drawing attention to everything democrats do is also a ploy to move the attention away from the republican party’s problems.

    The fact that uncompromising radicals are asking democrats to negotiate terms just highlights the fact that there’s an abductor. The transgressors are using federal employees and the debt ceiling as sacrificial lambs. If democrats surrender to republican terms it be because they’re trying to protect the American people from the republican offenders.

  14. GOP Rules

    October 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Looks like the NC Justice center is going to have to have a high utility bill as late as you are burning up their internet connection. I am not sure why you insist I am LayintheSmackDown, but whatever your fantasy world takes you.

    I don’t know about those others, but I was actually not for all the spending that Bush was forced in to with the wars and the Ted Kennedy alliance and the prescription drug program. Other than those issues things were pretty much booming and went well.

    Obama will in history be known as the most inept president ever, you will see. I guess you still have not brushed up on the Carter years, you must be too young to remember sitting in gas lines and such.

    Jayhawk what laws are they not following? You seem to only be in favor of changing laws if they do not suit your needs. Are you now in favor of keeping the VIVA bill in NC since it is established law that should never be changed, repealed, or questioned? I am glad to hear it then if so.

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