Ellmers uses lies and misdirection to cover her shutdown tracks

Whining about a bill she voted for:

"This was signed into law by President Obama and has been in effect since Monday, yet the president is refusing to enforce it. Therefore, these Fort Bragg furloughs should not be occurring," Ellmers, a Republican in the 2nd Congressional District, said in written statement.

"Here we have a situation where I have needless, needless suffering happening in my district," Ellmers said on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

The problem is, the bill you pushed is not a budget bill, it was merely an effort on your and your knuckleheaded colleagues' part to deflect political damage from your irresponsible behavior. The bill doesn't say "pay everyone", it directs the SecDef to pick and choose:

The law says that during the shutdown period, the government shall appropriate "such sums as are necessary to provide pay and allowances to the civilian personnel of the Department of Defense" whom Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel "determines are providing support to members of the Armed Forces."

And the irony of this situation is, if Hagel had decided to pay everyone like Ellmers is insinuating was the intent of the bill, Congressional Republicans would have attacked him for doing so.

The amount of deception and dissembling being exhibited by Congressional Republicans has reached an almost surrealistic level.


Surrealistic indeed

Renee doesn't understand why people she laid off are out of work without pay.

BananaRepublicans don't understand why national parks they shut down are closed.

John Boehner doesn't understand why his epitaph could cause people to dance on his grave.

It's surreal. It's insane. It's other-worldly.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014