The New York Times’ Testing Fiction Market with Latest Editorial

On Sunday, The New York Times published an editorial purporting to push back against “the annual Republican crisis.” The editorial was full of misleading and factually inaccurate information, here’s the tip of the iceberg:

In the first paragraph, the editorial says “Most of the time [Tea Party Republicans] sit around and do virtually nothing but gripe.” This ignores all of the legislation the House has passed – and Tea Party-minded conservatives have introduced – that would do tremendous good for the nation. In 2011 and 2012 alone the Senate ignored 40 job-related bills passed by the House, addressing issues from energy expansion to regulatory and tax reforms.

The same paragraph claims Tea Party Republicans (TPR) “have made the current Congress the least productive ever.” We’re assuming they’re talking about the Democratic-controlled Senate, which has ignored or killed dozens of bills passed by the House – again, 40 in 2011 and 2012 alone. Next, the editorial equates passing more legislation with more productivity. Under this logic any bill passed is desirable, no matter what policy it creates.

NYT supports these claims by claiming repealing, defunding, and/or delaying Obamacare won’t “cripple the health law.” This is true only for a so-called “clean” Continuing Resolution (meaning that last year’s spending levels are replicated in 2014), attaching the appropriate riders to a CR would provide the necessary crippling of all Obamacare funding.

Perhaps most inaccurately, the editorial claims TPRs will “resort to the far more serious threat of default” by not raising the nation’s debt ceiling. Again, The Times is pushing old liberal propaganda points; the nation would only default if interest payments were not made – something that is controlled by the Department of the Treasury, not Tea Party-minded Members of Congress.

Next, the editorial calls the Senate’s 2014 spending plan “reasonable,” and says the House should agree to fix the “damage” done by sequestration. Given the eternally deficit-laden tax-and-spend increases in the Senate’s budget, it is not reasonable at all. Furthermore,  sequestration has not caused any “damage” to the nation, except by limiting the ability of politicians to overspend.

As the Times continues to crumble, perhaps a venue change would do them some good. The fiction market is growing, and they have such a talent for it…