Broun: Democrats hatched 'diabolical plan'
April 6th, 2011
12:17 PM ET
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Broun: Democrats hatched 'diabolical plan'

Washington (CNN)-Republican Rep. Paul Broun sounded off on what he calls the Democrats' "diabolical plan" to steer Congress toward a government shutdown Wednesday on CNN's Newsroom. He challenged President Obama to "start acting like a leader" in a rant against the failure to reach a budget agreement.

Broun also denied that accusing the president of socialism last January equals name calling, saying instead, "It is just pointing out a fact. The president, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama believe the federal government should do everything for everybody. They believe in a socialistic Washington-controlled government that tells everybody what kind of health care we can have, what kind of light bulbs we can have."

The third-term Georgia congressman accused Democrats of hatching a plan during the lame duck session to try to "figure out how to get Nancy Pelosi to give Harry Reid a big majority in the Senate and re-elect Obama next year."

"They said…'We will shut government down, blame Republicans. There will be backlash against Republicans and we will get all these things accomplished,'" he declared. "I think it was a very diabolical plan they put together back last year after the November election. They are carrying it out."

Broun blasted Obama's participation in budget talks, saying that he "has been AWOL, missing in action," and that, "even the Democrats have been bemoaning the fact he is AWOL, missing in action."

Drawing a line between Democrats and the GOP, Broun denied that Republicans were trying to tell people what to do with their lives by advocating the defunding of Planned Parenthood, NPR, and PBS.

"We don't have constitutional authority under the original intent of the Constitution to fund Planned Parenthood, NPR, a lot of things we are doing," he said.

"We have to find bridges to send the powers back to the people as our founding fathers meant for us to. I believe in freedom and the president and the leadership of the Democratic Party believes that government needs to control everybody and everything. That's not freedom."

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soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Molly Weasley

    I assume this jerk was one of the GOP congressmen who cheered and gave Speaker Bonehead a standing ovation when he told the GOP caucus that there would be a showdown. What a lying slimebag.

    Fellow citizens, please do your homework next time you vote so we don't get stuck with these clowns again.

    April 6, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. Randall

    "diabolical plan"? Yeh sure, the Devil made 'em do it!

    As for light bulbs, this guy certainly is not the brightest bulb in the Republican box. Shake him and you'll hear his wiring rattle just like a burnt-out bulb.

    April 6, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. chelle

    Wow – as a non-American all I can say is wow. Your politics are nothing if not entertaining. Americans throw the word socialist around like it is a horrible disease and a major insult. Elsewhere in the world where politics are a bit more....sophisticated....socialism is everywhere and there are true socialist political parties. And people vote for them! Egads!!!

    April 6, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Julia- Idaho Native American

    This nut case Braun, needs to see a proctologist to get his head where it belongs. if he needs assistance, I'm sure he has governmemt paid insurance. Proctologist ain't cheap, it's stinky work ya know,

    April 6, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. whocares

    If he stood for minimal government, he would be for drug legalization and prostitution.

    April 6, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. TB

    Rep. Broun is an intellectually dishonest LIAR...just like a good number of his GOP colleagues.

    April 6, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. Marry

    What dump and nasty lying clowns! Do they even listen to what the say? Just stupid!

    April 6, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Marc

    What have the Republicans done for the country in the last 5 years? NOTHING. Not a gol-danged thing. Not a single viable idea, and now, to prove how stupid and inept they are, they want to shut down the government to prove some ridiculous, extremist, ignorant partisan point. Supporting these loudmouthed idiots is SHAMEFUL. And it's time to force the bottom feeders who support this nonsense back into the muck of ignorance they populate...

    April 6, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. james Miller

    Only failure Obama made is not drawing the line in the sand a long time ago. TEA PARTY is financed by the ultra rich to stall/prevent a tax increase they know must come.

    April 6, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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