Category: John Kline
Posted: 02/11/14 13:55
by Dave Mindeman
It is one thing to put a partisan slant on things....it is another to disseminate factually inaccurate statements
. Minnesota Rep. John Kline declared, "The president's health care law is destroying full-time jobs," and "wreaking havoc on working families nationwide."
The CBO explained today that neither claim (Note:Kline and Rubio made similar statements) is true, nor is either claim actually contained in the CBO's original Obamacare report.
Now you have come to expect me to criticize Congressman John Kline. And yes, it is a partisan thing, an ideological thing. But Congressman Kline has been going far beyond a mere ideological disagreement in what he says about the administration and its policies.
He is saying things that are completely wrong.
I could say he was lying, but then I wouldn't be accurate either. Congressman Kline is wrong because he doesn't bother to look for the truth.
When the CBO report came out about the 2.5 million people that they expect would leave the work force or reduce their hours, the knee jerk reaction from the GOP critics was to equate that to job losses.
Even though analysts debunked that rather quickly and the CBO itself clarified the issue, the Republican talking points continued.
And Congressman Kline continues to propagate this falsehood. On his official Congressional website
, he continues to have his February 4th press release statement, in which he clearly states his inaccurate position, prominently displayed."Last year Secretary Sebelius dismissed concerns about job losses under ObamaCare as 'speculation,'" said Kline. "Today's report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is further evidence the President's health care law is destroying full-time jobs. This fatally-flawed health care scheme is wreaking havoc on working families nationwide, forcing premium increases, policy cancellations, and job losses. President Obama has a responsibility to stop this train wreck before it inflicts more harm on the Minnesotans I represent."
Now, at the very least, Congressman should take that down. It is on his official government site and misleads his constituents.
But frankly, I would expect more from an elected Representative. Especially from an elected Representative who is in a leadership position in the current Congress.
What I would expect would be a retraction and an apology that would make clear to his constituents that we should ignore his previous misstatement and then give us the proper information.
Yes, there are probably other things that he could point out about the CBO report that could have a partisan slant to them...and still be accurate.
But his statement about job losses is simply not true.
So, forget the partisanship. I am asking as a 2nd District constituent. Please, Congressman Kline, take your job seriously and give us the accurate information that we deserve to hear.