While the most Americans spent Tuesday searching for answers about the events leading up to the tragic events that occurred during the Boston Marathon earlier in the week, a handful of Democratic lawmakers seized the tragedy and fear as an opportunity to tout big-government legislative agendas.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D- Mass.) took an opportunity to lavish praise upon the President: “The President of the United States has pledged his full support in all efforts to keep the city safe and to find the person who did this and bring them to justice. We did not have to reach out to the president. The president reached out to us,” Warren said at a news conference.
“He called the governor, he called the mayor, he called the members of the (congressional) delegation, because the president is actively involved here and responding,” she went on.
Well, it’s a national tragedy, and he’s the President. Isn’t that his job?
Former Democratic Representative Barney Frank, also from Massachusetts, praised big government.
He said: “In this terrible situation, let’s be very grateful that we had a well-funded, functioning government. It is very fashionable in America, and has been for some time to criticize government, belittle public employees, talk about their pensions, talk about what people think … of [their] health care. Here we saw government in two ways perform very well. … I never was as a member of Congress one of the cheerleaders for less government, lower taxes. No tax cut would have helped us deal with this or will help us recover. This is very expensive.”
Later, Frank doubled down and brought up the evil sequester: “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.”
He went on to suggest the tragedy was a “teaching moment.”
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) also used the tragedy to beat the dead sequester horse, telling a reporter, “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.”
And Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) added his two cents: Tragedy. What tragedy? We’re trying to take gun rights here, that’s not the sad story we need this week.
“We’ve got to get back to work to make sure we can listen to the American people who still want us…to pass a background check,” Murphy said on MSNBC.