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Mr. Burns, do you know something we don’t?

Mr. Burns, do you know something we don’t?

In the 12th District special election, Republican Tim Burns has released a new TV ad hitting Democrat Mark Critz for not supporting a repeal of the new health care reform law. Setting aside Mr. Burns’ liberties with the facts and complete mischaracterization of pretty much the entire law, let’s dust off the old adding machine and take a look at the numbers.

In order to repeal health care reform, the Republican Party would have to overcome so many obstacles that the entire the notion of repeal is completely ridiculous. First off, they would have to obtain two-thirds majorities in both houses to override President Obama’s assured veto. In the House, that means hitting the magic number of 290 seats out of 435. Assuming the Republicans can obtain a net gain of 112 seats in the House (theoretically feasible, however unlikely), they would still be stopped at the Senate. Even if they somehow manage to pick up every single Democratic seat that’s up for election in 2010, as well as hold onto Ohio, Missouri and New Hampshire, the Republicans would still only be at 59 seats—far short of the 67 seat super-majority they would need to overturn a veto.

At this point, anyone with a calculator and a little bit of common sense knows that talk of repeal is just empty rhetoric. It looks like Mr. Burns is using a little bit of the old fear mongering and misinformation to win an election, knowing full well that he can never deliver on his promises.

May 6, 2010 at 12:52 pm

--Patrick McKenna

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    May 6th, 2010

    Your analysis overlooks the budgetary function the party will have when they lead up the appropriations process! Need to start that new agency that passed authorization for; great, good look getting the money.

  2. Steve

    May 6th, 2010

    Nice job Patrick for exposing Burns for the fraud he is. He can’t win this election if it is about him v. Critz so he has to use Pelosi and promises he can’t keep to get elected.

    Burns goes around saying he’s not a politician and never wanted to run for office. BS! In 2009 he was thinking of running against Specter in the GOP Primary! As silly as that sounds (an unknown, never elected guy with an ego to believe he could enter politics as a United States Senator) he proves that running for “Tim Burns running something” is what this race is all about. He’s a fraud, with more baggage than voters will know since he won’t unseal his divorce.

  3. No One

    May 6th, 2010

    Your are right but since when has “what is possible” stopped any candidate from saying they want to repeal this or that. This goes from Ron Paul Ending the Fed to some 06 dems on ending the Iraq war. it is great to run for Congress because you can promise to vote a certain way or introduce a bill, that never has a chance of passing

    So your right, but I don’t think Burns is doing anything new hear.

  4. Starboard

    May 6th, 2010

    Patrick, im focused on parkins, inc.

  5. jim

    May 6th, 2010

    Fear-mongering???? I trust you commented at some point about the fear mongering initiated by the Critz campaign with their 23% tax ads (which by the way has labeled as misleading since the ads don’t mention that Burns’ support of the national sales tax also includes the repeal of the Federal Income Tax)? Fear mongering, gimme a break…

  6. Isaac L.

    May 6th, 2010

    GAINA – de-funding is not repeal… not even close.

    jim –
    Need I say more? Oh, and after you’re done with that, go look up “homonym” – in this competitive job market, it’s a word you can’t live without.

  7. jim

    May 6th, 2010

    Isaac, ya lost me brutha.

  8. Isaac L.

    May 7th, 2010

    That video is intense – it draws imagery from the Revolution, implies that the democratically elected President of the United States of America and the Majority Leader of the US Senate are tyrants, and incites citizens of the 12th to “take back” the government. That seems like fear mongering to me, and a bit intellectually dishonest since it ignores the definition of tyranny.

    Homonyms are words that sound the same though have different spellings and definitions (e.g. hear and here; they’re, their and there; your, you’re and yore). Studies have shown that using poor spelling and grammar (e.g. misusing homonyms) in written communication leads the reader to assume the writer is not as intelligent as he or she may be, which could be detrimental in situations involving cover letters, for example.

  9. Ed H.

    May 9th, 2010

    Ahh yes. Mr. burns wants to defund a program that could actually help people and the economy when we need jobs. What have jobs ever done against Mr. Burns to make him want to kill some?

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