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Opportunistic Politicians Say Boston Bombing Demonstrates Need to End Sequestration, Halt Immigration Reform

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If you thought Alex Jones and Luke Russert were insensitive and/or insane for quickly turning yesterday's bombing of the Boston Marathon into a bias-confirming whodunit, then you'll love/hate the talking points being churned out by Congressmen Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Steve King (R-Iowa), and former Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.).

Here's Hoyer:

At his weekly Capitol briefing Tuesday, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said the explosions in Boston demonstrates "why having the ability to dress security concerns is important," and thus provides more evidence that sequestration should be turned off.

Asked by a reporter whether Monday's attack makes the argument for addressing sequestration, Hoyer explained, "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 an irrational, across-the-board policy of cutting the highest priorities and the lowest priorities essentially the same percentage…. I think this is another proof of that—if proof is needed, which I don't think frankly it is." 

Here's King

Representative Steve King of Iowa, a prominent House conservative, says Congress should be cautious about rushing immigration reform, especially after Monday's bombing in Boston, where three people were killed.

"Some of the speculation that has come out is that yes, it was a foreign national and, speculating here, that it was potentially a person on a student visa," King says. "If that's the case, then we need to take a look at the big picture."

Here's Frank

On MSNBC on Tuesday, former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank doubled down on his argument that the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks make the case for bigger government, telling anchor Thomas Roberts that his reaction earlier in the day was "the only sensible response."

"Yes, exactly — I'm talking common sense," Frank said. "I'm saying that if the sequester had gone through, as we had not had enough money, we couldn't be able to do this. Yeah. I'm making an argument about reality. And I think that's the only sensible response. We are spending a great deal of public money here. I am glad that we are."

Frank called it a "teaching moment."

"And yes, I do want maybe for this to have some people be less enthusiastic about reducing our ability to respond to a crisis like this."

And here are three awful programs your tax dollars are funding, in addition to those first responders in Boston. 

H/t Jon Blanks 

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  1. I’m not sure Steve King knows the true definition of speculating. Also, anyone who uses the phrase “teaching moment” should be flogged as they are paraded through the streets.

    1. should be flogged as they are paraded through the streets.

      As a teaching moment?

      1. Get your walking shoes on.

      2. The kinky side of me wouldn’t mind whipping Nikki.

    2. Also, anyone who uses the phrase “teaching moment” should be flogged as they are paraded through the streets.

      Yes, because the correct phrase is “teachable moment”.

      1. sloop, any suggestion on what to do with pedantic piss ants?

        1. Keep making typos like “piss ants” – that’ll show ’em.

    3. I’m willing to bet that cameras on every street corner won’t even be the worst part of whatever bill Steve King is thinking about putting together.

      Unfortunately, I don’t trust my fellow Americans enough to not be ok with the cameras idea, which means they’ll take the extra room to ram something else in the final bill.

  2. Fuck these craven assholes with a rusty pickaxe. Anyone that would use an incident like this for political gain ought to be run out of office on a rail.*

    *Barney Frank having retired before he was prosecuted on his myriad criminal enterprises while in office is excluded from the rail-riding.

    1. This is why I avoid MSM coverage of these things as much as possible. It’s like a race to the top of retard mountain.

      1. Of course getting all of my news from H&R comments has it’s own price…

        1. Of course getting all of my news from H&R comments has it’s own price…

          Are you saying that isn’t how true enlightenment is achieved?

      2. No, retard is just dumb. These clowns are malicious douchebags.

    2. Remember the time Barney Frank’s gay lover ran a brothel out of Frank’s house and Barney Frank claimed he didn’t know about it? Sidenote: Barney Frank met the boyfriend when Frank hired him as a hooker.

      So he hired a hooker, then that hooker ran a brothel out of Frank’s house. Frank, of course, denied that he knew this was going on, which is probably bullshit.

      Question: If I, as a straight man, hired a hooker and later started dating her, then she started running a whorehouse out of my house, is there any chance that I would have a political career after that?

      1. If you were a Democrat in say, San Francisco, sure you would.

      2. I’d be more inclined to vote for you, but I like my leaders like I like my men: licentious.

      3. I find myself struggling to manufacture even one single fuck about this issue.

  3. They didn’t learn anything from the Harry Reid Marine training exercise accident debacle.

    1. I had already forgotten about this. Was there a big stink made about that comment? Because I missed it.

      1. There was. If nothing else, the Corps didn’t like the implication that they would train their Marines in dangerous situations because of budget cuts. But, since it was Reid, there were no real consequences to his fuckup.

  4. I have a grand idea: we should hold a convention of all currently-serving and former members of the House and Senate as well as Undersecretary and up executive department officials and WH residents. It should be held in DC on the National Mall. We could “accidentally” forget to send about a half-dozen invitations and once all the attendees are present, we can nuke the fucking city from orbit.

    1. It’s the only way to be sure.

      1. That’s a button I would happily push. Hell, I’d go all Kim Jong Il-style and have a huge platform erected with banners of my big, smiling face behind me, with a huge red button I could push. Then I’d have cameras following the bomb as it made its descent to the heart of the Mall and blew all those cocksuckers to hell.

    2. I would give a big “hear, hear” to that, but I don’t want to end up on a terrorist watch list.

      1. Unless that’s your first ever comment on H&R, and I know it isn’t, then you’re already on one.

    3. I think we need some nukes and the ability to get to orbit first.

      1. “Get me Elon Musk on Line 1 and a pissed off former Ukrainian General on Line 2.”

  5. Barney “I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation towards subsidized housing” Frank probably ought to shut the fuck about whether or not the government is spending enough money.

    However, I do find it fascinating that the usual media ghouls just can’t resist stepping in to the spotlight to reveal their complete ignorance of just about everything at times such as these.

    Michael “FUCK YOU AMERICA” Moore has already spewed some nonsense. I wonder how idiotic Piers Morgan will be.

    1. But I thought the link to Barney Frank and the housing mortgage crisis was a debunked right-wing talking point.

      At least that’s what CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, HuffPo, Politico, Univision, Al Jazeera and BBC America says.

      1. That sounds like a scientific consensus thingy. We’ve got to respect those.

        1. Yes, it’s global warming terroring. Oh, wait. I meant climate safety change.

  6. You know who else blamed this on the sequester? Our god old buddy, Ira Stoll!

    Ira Stoll ?@IraStoll 16h
    Anyone still #standwithRand ? After today in Boston? How about Defense sequester? Not looking so bright at the moment.

    What an idiot.

    1. Lucy Steigerwald ?@LucyStag 17h

      Now I remember why I ignored @IraStoll’s column every week at Reason.

      1. I never read his columns either, what’s his deal?

        1. what’s his deal?

          I guess he figures those boots ain’t gonna lick themselves.

          1. Yeah, this is going to become the Neo-Cons’ Sandy Hook.

            1. Remember, money and spending is magic. If we spent a couple of extra billion dollars training FBI agents in Virginia, somehow that would have stopped a bombing from happening in Boston.

              It’s just logic.

              1. Common sense.

            2. Balance has been restored to the Force.

      2. I don’t read Loder’s or Suderman’s movie reviews anymore.

        1. I enjoy Loder’s.

  7. “And yes, I do want maybe for this to have some people be less enthusiastic about reducing our ability to respond to a crisis like this.”

    Great! Then you’ll stop spending our money on other things then. That’s good news.

  8. We obviously need to keep doing the things that didn’t prevent the bombing from happening.

    1. We need to spend more money doing it. Weren’t you listening?

  9. Ahem.

    “FUCK IT ALL
    FUCK THIS WORLD
    FUCK EVERYTHING THAT YOU STAND FOR…”

    /MD resident
    //Fuck Steny Hoyer

    1. Of all the hateable assholes in Congress, he seems especially hateable.

      1. He is. He also has an extremely punchable face.

        1. Yeah, and he’s a real dick in person. Talk to anyone from southern Maryland about Steny Hoyer.

          Good ol’ Steny. Let’s not make “irrational, across the board cuts” to the budget that impact our national security apparatus’ counterterrorism ability not at all, let’s just stick to irrational, across the board spending increases so that there’s plenty of funding for any projects we might dream up.

        2. His face and those of most congress-douches go beyond punchable. Most tripe spewing media assclowns have punchable faces because for all the shit that comes out of their mouths they’re at least not in any kind of position of power.

          Politician shitheads like Hoyer et al are in a position to actually influence policy. Therefore their faces are not merely punchable, but kickable, stompable, and dare I say it, curbable.

    2. Affirmative. That is all.

  10. Don’t you teabaggers get it? Without the money being spent on the Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, Bio jet fuel at $24/gal, diversity programs in the Army steno pool, Coast Guard outreach programs in inner-cities and the various NASCAR sponsorships, we can’t be safe from terrorism.

    1. Forgot terrible IRS parody videos, important research on chimp cocaine, and ROADZ.

      1. Don’t forget the FDA. What, do you want dysentary???

        1. Dysentery sure beats the TSA. At least with dysentery you have things going uncomfortably out of your ass as opposed to uncomfortably into it.

  11. http://www.theblaze.com/storie…..aign=Share Buttons

    Gabby Reece says being submissive to her husband saved her marriage. Feminists gasp, this in addition to Reece committing the unpardonable sin of being thinner and better looking than feminist writers.

    1. Feminine submissiveness based on the cultural mores of Semitic Bronze-Age sheepherders? Oppression!!!

      Feminine submissiveness based on horribly written 21st-century “erotica”? Awww-yeah!

      1. Feminine submissiveness based on horribly written 21st-century “erotica”?

        Atlas Shrugged?

      2. Well, of course. Blue state bobos HAVE to think their particular tone of retard is superior.

    2. Here’s what I don’t understand. The point of feminism is ostensibly to promote equality. But part of equality is people being free to do things of which you disapprove.

      Gabby Reece choosing to be submissive in her marriage doesn’t force you to do anything, just like the way you act in your relationships doesn’t force anything on Gabby Reece. Getting upset at how a woman acts in her own marriage would be totally opposed to the values of feminism, if it weren’t for the fact that neo-feminists are hypocritical frauds.

      1. It is because they are not about equality. Feminists are just totalitarians.

    3. in addition to Reece committing the unpardonable sin of being thinner and better looking than feminist writers.

      Not sure there is a lower bar to clear then that! I could roll an empty soda can over that one.

  12. Condom Snorting videos make more sense to me than these vile creatures.

    1. About 1,560 results

      Good lord.

      1. I was surprised and disappointed that H&R was not the first place I learned about condom snorting.

        1. I can only assume this is because you’ve made several condom snorting videos

          1. Nah, it’s because I check out the Mail.

          2. Snorting, yes, condom, no.

    2. That is so Dark Eldar.

  13. I’m sickened but not shocked by their response.

  14. Asked by a reporter whether Monday’s attack makes the argument for addressing sequestration, Hoyer explained, “I think there are multiple reasons for ensuring that we invest in our security — both domestic and international security.

    What type of fucking “reporter” asks a question like that???? Did that “reporter” take that question straight from the DNC??? I can’t wait for a “reporter” to ask Republicans if getting rid of Obamacare might have prevented the bombing.

    1. A reporter who actually believes that a 1.8% slowdown in growth of the federal budget can cause two bombs to go off in Boston.

      Shorter: We’re fucked.

  15. I love how if we increase spending and create new programs against terrorism, and we don’t have an attack, it’s obviously proof that it’s working and we should continue. If we do have an attack, well, that’s obviously proof that we haven’t spent enough or created enough agencies, so we just have to ramp it up another notch so NEVER AGAIN!

  16. Q. Married and Sexually Confused: Before I met and married my husband 11 years ago I felt I might be bisexual. I fantasized (and still do) about being with women and men alike; however, the opportunity to be with a woman never presented itself and I never pursued it. I’ve made jokes about being with a girl, but my husband says it “does nothing” for him. Fast forward through the years and I still feel like I am missing out on something sexually and am kicking myself for not doing this before I settled down. Our sex life has run hot and cold?my drive is much higher and I like more variety than he does. I have a good female friend who recently shared with me that she is bisexual and we have briefly discussed experimenting together. We are both secure in our marriages and are not looking for a relationship outside of friendship and fooling around together. Plus, I feel this may actually help me get what I need sexually while taking some pressure off my husband. I’ve thought about going for it without telling my husband just to see if it is something I like. However, I don’t like the thought of doing this behind his back and I am equally nervous about telling him. I don’t want him to question everything in our marriage over this. Am I crazy for even considering this?

    Yes, God does have a sense of humor. What are the chances of marrying a modern American male for whom his wife getting it on with another women does nothing?

    1. What are the chances of marrying a modern American male for whom his wife getting it on with another women does nothing?

      *shrugs*

      Personally, I don’t get the whole bisexual-fake lesbian thing myself.

      1. Well I guess we have an answer to the question. But I think you are in the minority on that.

        1. But I think you are in the minority

          RACIST

      2. Personally, I don’t get the whole bisexual-fake lesbian thing myself.

        How does your boyfriend feel about it? 😉

        1. FAK U!

    2. I’m going to have to see what this guy’s wife and friends look like before I judge him.

      1. Clearly, he thinks his wife is attractive. And she hasn’t brought anyone home yet. But yeah, if your wife shows up with Randy Maddow, that is a bit of a buzz kill yes.

      2. * The wife’s friend. I don’t care what his friends look like.

      3. The wife’s friend is also married, so I doubt there would be any 3-way action.

    3. We covered this yesterday. Because it’s not a threesome, it’s a “my wife is getting laid without me”. I’d sign up for a threesome in a heartbeat, but I’m a little less eager to have her take a lover.

      1. I didn’t even think about that. I like how she’s justifying it by “taking the pressure off” of her husband.

      2. Can’t he watch?

    4. I don’t know, man, I’ve gotta say I’m con-swinging. I mean, threesomes never really work the way you think when two of the people are in a relationship. Somebody gets left in the dust while the other two run off together. It’s bad news. And if you put a marriage in there, which you’re probably doing because you’ve already got problems, you may as well get a divorce lawyer on the phone mid-stroke.

    5. What are the chances of marrying a modern American male for whom his wife getting it on with another women does nothing?

      The thought of my wife getting it on with another woman does nothing for me. Now the idea of me, my wife, and another chick (assuming a hot chick) all getting it on in a three-way… I’ll be in my bunk.

    6. 1) I would have a problem with my partner boning (or slotting) someone else, regardless of that person’s gender.

      2) You got this from Slate didn’t you? DIDN’T YOU

    7. my husband says it “does nothing” for him.

      FUCKING LIAR!

    8. Meh. Can’t say I particularly take to the idea of my wife getting it on with another woman. The math doesn’t really favor it. Best case scenario is you wind up with a three-way (assuming the “friend” is interested in you at all). And really, what’s that getting you? It’s not like you’re going to be having any more orgasms than you would with the one. Middling scenario is your wife cheats on you. And you’re the idiot condoning it. Worst case scenario is your wife leaves you for another woman, which strikes me as pretty damned humiliating.

      1. Yeah but if your wife is so committed to the other team she will leave you for another woman, there isn’t much you can do to prevent that. You might as well get a few kicks before she leaves because if she is that into it telling her no is not going to keep her from doing it.

        1. Mo’Nique has a bit where she refers to herself as the “F.B.I.A — Freakiest Bitch in America” she goes on to say if she doesn’t do it somebody else will.

          I don’t remember exactly where I heard it but I was sobbing I was laughing so hard.

        2. Fair point, but what’s the marginal kicks you get out of it? I’m not seeing much. Like I said, best case is a three-way. But, what’s the extra woman giving you that you aren’t getting anyway? And the most likely “kick” is that you wind up playing the cuckold while your wife cheats on you.

  17. That didn’t take long. The bodies aren’t even cold yet, rigor mortis hasn’t set, and already some congress douches are rushing to jump on their particular political hobby horse and use the bombing as an excuse to run over more of our civil liberties. Fucking pathetic.

    On a related note, is it just me or does anyone read quotes from Barney Frank in their heads using Barry Kripke’s voice from The Big Bang Theory?

    1. I always think Mr. Garrison.

      1. I think I always think of Kripke because “Bawney Fwank” is the only person besides toddlers I know of who can’t pronounce r’s and l’s and replaces them with w’s instead. I almost have to wonder if they modeled Kripke’s speech impediment after “Fwank’s”.

        1. You should watch some Kay Fwancis movies from the 1930s.

    2. Kripke is much more coherent. Frank always sounds like he is slobbering down the front of his shirt.

  18. Yo, fuck Steny Hoyer and Steve King. But not Barney Frank, because he’d enjoy it.

    1. How do you know the others wouldn’t enjoy it?

      1. Steny and Steve don’t look like they enjoy anything

  19. “Some of the speculation that has come out is that yes, it was a foreign national and, speculating here, that it was potentially a person on a student visa,” King says.

    Holy shit.

    Get the guillotine ready.

    1. Shit, if we hadn’t been so libertariany about the whole domestic-drone thang, this could have been stopped!

      Sarc, and lot’s of it.

  20. “I’m saying that if the sequester had gone through, as we had not had enough money, we couldn’t be able to do this. Yeah. I’m making an argument about reality. And I think that’s the only sensible response. We are spending a great deal of public money here. I am glad that we are.”

    This is a guy widely regarded as “one of the smartest men in Congress”?

    Is he speaking English? What the fuck does that even mean?

    1. Who thinks Barney Frank is smart? You have to remember, to liberals, ‘smart’ means ‘agrees with my positions and isn’t currently drooling.’

      It’s a low bar to meet.

      1. I mean, look at Biden. They fucking love that guy!

  21. Fox News contributor Erik Rush responded to the bombing by calling for genocide, although he’s trying to walk that back as a joke now:

    http://www.outsidethebeltway.c…..-violence/

    1. Someone posted this yesterday and pointed out that he didn’t know Cyto was a Fox News contributor.

      Erik Rush is fucking scum though. He should be fired for that. Honestly, half of the news people I saw tweeting about the bombing should be suspended or fired.

        1. I don’t see what his point is. He advocated genocide. People advocate killing him.

          This proves one thing: The people tweeting Erik Rush are just as horrible as he is. It hardly vindicates him.

          1. Before yesterday, I didn’t know Erik Rush from Adam, so I have no dog in this fight, but if you look at the dialog it’s clear he was being sarcastic in response to the guy who was implying that Rush was an Islamophobe for giving any credence to the early reports about the Saudi national in custody.

          2. BTW: This is hilarious:

            RT @hani_kader: @erikrush you look like the gay version of Phil Banks. You’re a piece of shit

            Point to Hani Kader.

            1. That’s actually pretty good. It’s also not horrifying like the other people tweeting him.

              Erik Rush ?@erikrush 16h
              RT @cluzt: stupid maddafakka @erikrush doesn’t remember when he was a slave to arabs. watch your mouth f*ggot.

              Erik Rush was a slave to Arabs? No wonder he doesn’t like them!

              1. At this point Rush is lucky to be alive, as he was the victim of a SWAT-ing over this.

  22. Yes, exactly ? I’m talking common sense,” Frank said. “I’m saying that if the sequester had gone through, as we had not had enough money, we couldn’t be able to do this. Yeah. I’m making an argument about reality. And I think that’s the only sensible response. We are spending a great deal of public money here. I am glad that we are.”

    So what Barney Fuck Frank is saying is that all of the post 9/11 security apparatus that we’ve put in place isn’t big enough, long enough and uncut enough, not enough warrantless wiretapping, not enough torture, not enough extraordinary rendition. Because when you talk about Big Government, Frank, you have to talk about ALL the stuff Big Government gets you.

    Good to know you support Waterboarding, Frank.

  23. As someone said yesterday, I think that most politicians agree that no matter who’s responsible, everything will be illegal after this… for the children.

  24. Barney Frank was mis-quoted. What he actually said was “”Yeth, exactwy ? I’m talking common thenthe,” “I’m thaying that if the thequethtew had gone through, ath we had not had enough money, we couldn’t be able to do thith. Yeah. I’m making an awgument about weawity. And I think that’th the onwy thenthible wethponthe. We awe thpending a gweat deal offf pubwic money hewe. I am gwad that we awe.”

    1. It actually makes more sense this way, if you ask me.

  25. Barney Frank thinks government should be bigger and spend more money.

    In related news: Water still wet.

  26. A Triumvirate of Jerkoffs.

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