It’s so good to see an Obama Administration official, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius, reminding the Teabaggers that they don’t run the administration.
, that the demand is hypocritical and outrage selective and actually just another tool in the service of of the effort to regain power.
Condeleezza Rice and President Bush didn’t get fired because the President didn’t read a PDB entitled “Bin Laden Determined.”
[President Bush] did not recall discussing the August 6 report with the Attorney General or whether Rice had done so.
And furthermore investigators
“have found no indication of any further discussion before September 11 among the President and his top advisers of the possibility of a threat of an al Qaeda attack in the United States. DCI Tenet visited President Bush in Crawford, Texas, on August 17 and participated in the PDB briefings of the President between August 31 (after the President had returned to Washington) and September 10. But Tenet does not recall any discussions with the President of the domestic threat during this period.”
When it was determined that no one took any action on a report which said the FBI had information which “
indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York,”
prior to 9/11 that someone, can you say the Sebelius-should-resign types, would have demanded massive Bush Administration resignations.
Unlike the Clinton Administration’s response to a PDB in 1998 entitled, “Bin Ladin Preparing to Hijack US Aircraft and Other Attacks,” the Bush administration decided to remain on vacation, and Sinunu didn’t call “W” lazy and accountability-minded Republicans didn’t called for resignations or impeachment.
But fortunately there is a record of some members of congress defending the government’s efforts to provide medical access to American citizens and understand that you will sometimes have problems with implementation of a really good government program.
Perhaps Secretary Sebelius can borrow some sentiment and in some cases language from the Republicans who did:
REP. JOE BARTON (R-TX): “This is a huge undertaking and there are going to be glitches. My goal is the same as yours: Get rid of the glitches. The committee will work closely with yourself and Dr. Mark McClellan at CMS to get problems noticed and solved.” [Barton Statement via Archive.org, 2/15/2006
REP. TIM MURPHY (R-PA): “Any time something is new, there is going to be some glitches. All of us, when our children were new, well, we knew as parents we didn’t exactly know everything we were doing and we had a foul-up or two, but we persevered and our children turned out well. No matter what one does in life, when it is something new in learning the ropes of it, it is going to take a little adjustment.” [Murphy Floor Speech via Congressional Record, 4/6/2006]
REP. MICHAEL BURGESS (R-TX): “We can’t undo the past, but certainly they can make the argument that we are having this hearing a month late and perhaps we are, but the reality is the prescription drug benefit is 40 years late and seniors who signed up for Medicare those first days back in 1965 when they were 65 years of age are now 106 years of age waiting for that prescription drug benefit, so I hope it doesn’t take us that long to get this right and I don’t believe that it will. And I do believe that fundamentally it is a good plan.” [“Medicare Part D: Implementation of the New Drug Benefit,” 3/1/2006]
Hold your position Secretary Sebelius. Remember that we had one guy in a previous administration who said that we would be “greeted as liberators” in Iraq, talk about being “in over your head,” and the RepubliCons didn’t call for his resignation. I just hope the administration doesn’t turn all weak-kneed the way it did in the Shirley Sherrod desertion, acting out a seemingly innate need to exemplify superiority by purging anyone that the conservative opposition says is bad or in some manner deficient. You were correct in reminding a group of people who have proven that they would shutdown the government in order to get their way that you don’t work for situational anarchists so bent on controlling the government that they would subject the American to continual misery to gain power.