Congresswoman to Congress: “Go to Hell!”

April 7, 2011

Eleanor Holmes Norton is the non-voting Delegate to the House of Representatives for the District of Columbia. Even though she cannot vote, she serves as Washington’s representative. She is also a dyed-in-the-wool progressive Democrat and a fan of spending. So, when the Republicans propose to eliminate the use of all government funds for abortion in the District, she gets a wee bit upset:

The Democratic non-voting representative for the District of Columbia told MyFoxDC.com that Congress should go “straight to hell” for trying to meddle in D.C. affairs.

Norton was referring to a provision in the stopgap budget bill House Republicans are pushing that would ban federal and local taxpayer dollars in the District of Columbia from being used to pay for abortions.

“We are absolutely outraged. This is the functional equivalent of bombing innocent civilians,” she said, according to MyFoxDC.com. “It’s time that the District of Columbia told the Congress to go straight to hell.”

Gotta love that “new tone,” eh?

Let’s set aside the laughable and fatuous hyperbole required to compare a budgetary decision to what Qaddafi has been doing in Libya. That’s par for the Democrats’ course. When it comes to “meddling in D.C. affairs,” however, Holmes needs to review the history of the district she represents. Article I, section 8 of the Constitution reads, in part:

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;

Said district was created by the Residence Act of 1790, based on the cession of lands by Maryland and Virginia. The Government of the district was established by the Organic Act of 1801 and amended in the Organic Act of 1871. Both these acts (the latter of which is still in force, I believe) were enacted by Congress in pursuance of their powers under the Constitution. Far from meddling where they don’t belong, they have a specific charge under our most basic law to involve themselves in D.C. affairs, including the manner in which local money is spent.

Before she next decides to blow off steam, perhaps Delegate Norton should take the time to review the proper role of the chamber in which she serves — which includes supervising D.C., not funding abortion — and the law regarding the district she supposedly represents.

Unless, of course, she likes making herself look foolish and ignorant.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

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President Obama channels Marie Antoinette

April 7, 2011

Jeez, is this guy tone-deaf, or what? President Obama was at a town-hall meeting in Bucks County, PA, to tout his plans for energy independence* when a citizen peasant complained to him about high gas prices:

“Gas prices? They’re going to still fluctuate until we can start making these broader changes, and that’s going to take a couple of years to have serious effect,” Obama said.

Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle.

“If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know,” Obama said laughingly. “You might want to think about a trade-in.”

Because, Lord knows, we can all just run out and buy a new or new-used car whenever we want in this great economy, especially with fuel prices surging** and the Cash for Clunkers program having artificially jacked-up the prices on used cars. And it’s not as if this uppity peon might need to spend the money on something else, such as a mortgage, kids’ expenses, food (with prices going up on that, too), etc.

And what’s with this “8 miles a gallon” nonsense? As Ed Morrissey points out, passenger cars haven’t had that kind of mileage since the 1970s.

We’ve gone from Bill Clinton, a president who famously said he feels our pain, to Barack Obama, who mocks an American’s sincerely felt worries. Way to go, sir. That’s really going to help your reelection chances in Pennsylvania, a state you desperately need.

Schmuck.

*No, really. Stop laughing.

**Over $4 per gallon around Public Secrets Global HQ.

via Instapundit

UPDATE: Apparently the Associated Press has a policy of covering for the president’s gaffes by excising them from their articles — after the fact.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)