Essential

If all you read was the mainstream media, you’d be forgiven for assuming that the current partial government shutdown was caused solely by Republicans. As reported earlier today on Fox & Friends, the boxscore for who’s to blame in the mainstream media is Republicans 21, Democrats 0.

The zero for Democrats is accurate, but only to the extent that they have shown zero real interest in actual compromise. And yet, possibly because it would racist or something to blame Obama, it is always the Republicans who are blamed for being unwilling to compromise.

Today’s lead editorial in the Obama house organ, a/k/a the Washington Post, blames the Republicans:

…Republicans are putting U.S. embassies across the world at risk with their shutdown of the U.S. government.

You might be forgiven for thinking that Republicans, somehow, were in control of the Executive Branch and its Department of State. Even if we granted that, somehow, when there are two sides to a dispute, it is always one side’s fault when there is not an agreement, how can it be Republicans’ fault that our State Department is not protecting our embassies? It can’t be, and is not. It is Democrats who are at the helm of the State Department and the Executive Branch.

Why is it Obama and his administration’s fault? Simple. Each Executive Branch agency, including the State Department, designates which, if any, of its employees are considered “essential,” and thus exempt from furlough during a partial government shutdown.

Last time I looked, it was Obama and his Democrat Secretary of State who made the decision as to which State Department employees protecting embassies were considered essential.

Guess embassy security isn’t essential to this administration. Republicans had nothing to do with this decision, WaPo. This editorial is dishonest and misleading.

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