House passes $410 billion budget bill, fairness doctrine in play, talk radio targeted

Cross posted to The Political Class.

Over the past several weeks, there have been regular drumbeats from various elected Democrats espousing a return of the “Fairness Doctrine,” or something like it.

In the House of Representatives the latest omnibus budget bill just passed largely along party lines (Sixteen Democrats voted against, Sixteen Republicans voted in favor). Oddly enough (tongue in cheek), there were items in the bill unrelated to budgeting:

The pork-laden bill also slashes funds for abstinence education and erases language prohibiting a “fairness doctrine” law that threatens to squelch conservative talk radio.

“There’s a lot of damage to repair … and I’m dying to get it done,” said Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, New York Democrat and chairman of the House Rules Committee. “We’re trying to get back in the 21st century here.”

The Democrats have not only proven themselves sore losers, but now prove themselves sore winners:

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, said the omnibus was merely a first step. He said the spending bill would be followed soon by expanded funding for stem-cell research and a hate crimes law.

“You’ll see more of it … where our winning will make change for the better,” Mr. Frank said. “That’s what happens when you have an election and one side wins and the other side loses.”

He certainly is certainly correct with that last sentence – elections have consequences.

One month ago I I though that the odds of the Democrats attempting to silence conservative talk radio were impossible, now I am leaning towards inevitable.

Washington Times – Democrats use omnibus to gut Bush policies

Cross posted to The Political Class.