When I was a kid, I tried all kinds of lies on my mom. There was the outright lie that I would hang onto, long after I had been proven to have lied. Another was the, “I would have gotten in trouble if I told the truth – so I lied” – lie. And the one you really got in trouble for: Lying by omission.
Leaving something out so technically you weren’t lying, but you knew the whole truth but weren’t providing the salient part. This made my mom furious, because it combined lying with being clever about it. These days I may tell a lie or two (“do I look fat?”), but I don’t lie by omission. It’s evil. Double evil.
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz will say anything. She is shameless in her outright lies, white lies, and the queen of lying by omission. But I had to laugh the other day when I read about her claims – I’m sorry – lies, about how the sequester is bringing Hill staffers to the brink of starvation.
DW-Schultz told a House Appropriations Subcommittee that because restaurants on the House side of Congress have increased costs so much, the poor darlings are being “priced out of a good meal.” When you initially hear or read something like that, it sounds plausible. Maybe there are rookie or low level staffers who are paid very little, and D.C. is an expensive place and it just isn’t right that Barack Obama can go golfing with Tiger Philanderer while these brave and spartan staffers aren’t getting enough nutrition, due to the President’s stupid idea of the sequester.
However, it is Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, after all, so just a little digging turned this up from Fox News and The Washington Times: A bowl of Ham and Bean soup at the Cannon Office Building’s carry-out café costs $2. A gourmet wrap or sandwich sells for about $5. And in the Longworth Building’s cafeteria, a meal of stuffed chicken, asparagus and mashed potatoes is about $7. Wow. They must be working second or third jobs to come up with that kind of scratch every day. I think it’s time for a bailout for staffers – especially those who work for Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who earn a measly $60,000 to $160,000 per year.
DW-Schultz left that last part out when speaking at the House Legislative hearing…
Remember when she quoted Israeli ambassador Michael Oren as saying; “what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel.” ?
She claimed that seniors with preexisting medical conditions would be denied Medicare coverage under Paul Ryan’s proposed Medicare plan.
Then again, she works for Barack Obama, who said the sequester wasn’t his idea in the first place…
But the hardest thing to believe is that she is the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee – the spokesman for Democrats; and he is The President of The United States – the leader of the free world.
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