Update at bottom: GOP may share some blame on TSA ‘ineptness’
Republican senator Jim DeMint used the attempted attack on a airplane bound for Detroit as an excuse to voice opposition to unions.
Absent any other television guests interested in countering Senator DeMint’s assertions, Fox News provided him a national forum for a broad attack on labor. He warned, “The administration is intent on unionizing and submitting our airport security to union bosses’ collective bargaining.”
The senator from South Carolina told Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace that unionization is a threat to airport security because collective bargaining prevents flexibility.
“We have to out-think the terrorists and when we formed the airport security system, we realized we could not use collective bargaining and unionization because of that need to be flexible,” DeMint said.
He added unsupported criticisms of “soft talk about engagement” and Obama’s plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison. “These things are not going to appease the terrorists,” he said.
GOP may share some blame on TSA ‘ineptness’
The blame game continues.
“As Republicans seek to put the blame for the widespread perception of ineptness at the Transportation Security Administration on the Obama administration, Democrats are arguing that Republican legislators bear part of the blame, and that they’re politically vulnerable on the subject,” Politico’s Ben Smith reported Monday.
Smith noted that “DeMint has a hold on the appointment of a TSA chief, over his concern that the new administration could allow security screeners to unionize” and that his fellow Republicans “cast votes against the key TSA funding measure, the 2010 appropriation bill for the Department of Homeland Security contained, which included funding for the TSA, including for explosives detection systems and other aviation security measures.”
DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton quickly jumped upon Smith’s column, and issued the following statement:
Democrats have only themselves to blame for not having a confirmed TSA administrator. President Obama waited 243 days in office before making a nomination and Harry Reid has been too busy trading earmarks for votes on health care to schedule debate on the nominee. This is an important debate because many Americans don’t want someone running the TSA who stands ready to give union bosses the power to veto or delay future security measures at our airports.
Undoubtedly, the blame game will continue to be continued.
This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast Dec. 27, 2009.
MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle: The markets finally realized the economic crisis is linked to the health crisis
MSNBC market expert Stephanie Ruhle told Brian Williams on Wednesday that the reason Americans saw the stock market fall this week is that they have finally realized that things aren't getting any better.
Williams asked if the numbers this week are different from normal pre-election years.
"This is quite different," said Ruhle. "The markets have woken up to the fact that this health crisis is directly linked to the economic crisis. The markets can't thrive when we don't have a national plan to deal with the coronavirus. And you look at the GDP, you know that tomorrow, you led the show with it, the president is going to say, 'We're back, baby! With the greatest economy ever.' That's not the case. We have been seeing improvements. We are on the road to recovery. But even if we get 30 percent, 35 percent GDP, which would be positive, it's far from saying we're back."
Stephen Colbert does hilarious MAGA-Frozen parody after Trump fans were abandoned in the Omaha cold
Those who've been subjected to "Let it Go" from the Pixar film "Frozen," for the past decade will recognize the new tune from "A Late Show" host Stephen Colbert.
"MAGA Frozen" celebrates those who could lose a toe to the tune of "Let it Go."
"The MAGA rally just ended tonight,He danced to YMCA.His campaign bussed me out hereBut the ticket was one-way.Extremities have all gone numb,All to watch Trump attack Biden's son.My feet can't feel severe frostbite.I think I might,Lose a toe,Lose a toe,Left foot will have only four.Lose a toe,Lose a toe,My choice of footwear was poor.Obamacare will cover my stay.Oh, wait, Barrott got confirmed.Might have to sell this tiara on eBay."
Brett Kavanaugh revised his Wisconsin ruling after Vermont official’s demands — but it still contains the lies
Supreme Court Justice revised his Wisconsin opinion after a Vermont official complained that he misrepresented the way the state dealt with the election amid the pandemic. The problem, however, is that his corrections only cleaned up the sloppy language.
While it no longer appears like a high school mock trial assignment, it still lies about the example he gave in the Vermont details.