Despite the complete and thorough debunking of the media’s attempt to link common political discourse with the actions of a deranged lunatic in Tucson, one Congresswoman is taking politically correct rhetoric to ridiculous lows (h/t Michelle Malkin).
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) took to the Huffington Post to voice her opinion on the Gabrielle Giffords assassination attempt. She starts harmlessly enough admitting that, “We don’t know what prompted the shooter … to kill innocent people.” Even though we don’t know the motivation, Pingree says, it’s important “that we do everything we can to prevent it from happening again.”
Then, echoing the prevailing liberal sentiment, she offers the preventative solution – cranking down the rhetoric. The first step?
“A good place to start a more civil dialog would be for my Republican colleagues in the House to change the name of the bill they have introduced to repeal health care reform. The bill, titled the ‘Repeal the Job Killing Health Care Law Act,’ was set to come up for a vote this week, but in the wake of Gabby's shooting, it has been postponed at least until next week.”
She continues asking:
“…is it really necessary to put the word ‘killing’ in the title of a major piece of legislation?”
Is Pingree seriously suggesting that the phrase ‘job killing’ amounts to hate speech? Indeed, she is most certainly alluding to this conclusion.
“I work in a world of words - words that inspire, words that persuade and, increasingly, words that can send the message that it is acceptable to hate.”
The only way that ‘job killing’ amounts to a message of hate, is if she is referring to the biblical figure named Jōb. And even then, the Republicans would be trying to repeal the Jōb Killing bill.
The title of the piece itself shamelessly urges Pingree’s Republican colleagues to do this in Giffords name.
For Gabby's Sake, Republicans Should Change the Name of Their Health Care Repeal Bill
Nothing like exploiting a tragic crime in the name of hiding the reality behind the economic effects of the health care law. Further trying to take focus off of the law, a law that a plurality of Americans want repealed, she says that the debate is “a waste of time when we should be focusing on more pressing matters like the economy and the deficit”.
But including the phrase ‘job killing’ does emphasize the importance of the economy and the deficit. In fact, in a report titled, A REPORT ON THE ECONOMIC AND FISCAL CONSEQUENCES OF THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, the executive summary explicitly states that the health care law will achieve neither job creation nor deficit reduction. Therefore, removing the phrase would be deceptive and dishonest.
Politicians exploiting the Tucson shooting for political gain are deplorable. Politicians exploiting the shooting to censor certain words or phrases are simply ridiculous.
But then, when it comes to the ridiculous, liberals always make a killing.