Democrats Object To Presence Of National Debt Clock In Committee Hearings


Lately Republicans have taken putting up a live national debt clock in committee meetings, and Democrats are objecting to it call it a “political prop.”

From the Daily Caller:

Some members of Congress apparently don’t like to be reminded about how much debt the country continues to rack up.

During a House Financial Services Committee hearing Tuesday on the budget, two Democrats complained after House Financial Services Committee chairman Jeb Hensarling instructed that two monitors in the hearing room display a real-time running national debt clock.

California Rep. Maxine Waters and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison both issued complaints about the displays, according to video of the hearing.

So, displaying a factual representation of the nation’s debt problem is a “prop.”

No wonder we’re in the fiscal shape we are.

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  • ‘Tom Crawford

    Better yet, how about everyone display each others expenditures right next to the debt clock – how much they are contributing to it.

  • yy4u2

    Why be faced with something from reality when you can, and apparently would rather, live in the sheeple ignored failing utopia. The powers that be should be lined up and perhaps back handed by every tax payer. That would give a new meaning to getting smacked back into reality.

  • whowon

    Minnesota sure has picked some losers. Can’t stand him he blocked me on twitter, big wussy.

    • Goon

      You should have seen this buffoon on Hannity last night. He really made an ass out of himself last night.

  • JoeMN

    How about a debt clock for Ellison, with a large chain attached, and shackles around his ankles ?
    Plus an orange jump suit to complete the ensemble.

    • two_amber_lamps

      I’m sure the orange jumpsuit and leg-irons would clash with the leg-irons and field-hand clothes he (like Shelia Jackson Lee) pictures himself wearing in his tiny little left-tard mind. Oh wait, Lee said she is a “freed slave.”

      The martyrdom is quite hackneyed.

  • headward

    So the thieves don’t want to see how much they’ve stole.
    I find it ironic that Ms. Waters was complaining about the lack of a budget. Look no further than Reid and Senate for not passing one. Anybody know how many times the senate even got to vote on one?

  • Goon

    Well get used to it you own it.

  • banjo kid

    If they had thought of that it would lauded as the best thing that ever happened . Put your hands over your ears and cover your eyes and hide under the desk . Best idea yet to remind them of the serious debt we are in.

  • sbark

    Maybe it has something to do with Ellisons version of Sharia Law………like the US citizens getting “screwed” without a hajib on

  • jl

    What a waste of skin.

  • Thresherman

    Democrats don’t really believe in no taxation without representation other wise they would not be spending today the money that children yet unborn will have to pay for.

  • camsaure

    The libs would rather find unicorns, fluffy bunnies and rainbows on the monitor more fitting to their agenda.


    A political prop? Maybe they should get people from poverty-stricken families and pay them to make funny faces instead? Face the truth!

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Not that obama doesn’t use human props for practically every appearance he makes.

    If the Republicans had a spine they would include an abortion clock for every baby killed daily

  • Anon

    It’s not like people aren’t aware, even if it is accurate. If it’s not needed or relevant to what Congress is discussing, there’s really not point in having it permanently there and consequently is a prop. Would you support having an continually updated number of people unnecessarily killed in Bush’s failed wars in each committee room? The number of people killed in gun violence each day? Those are facts too, but it doesn’t mean we need a permanent fixture in committee rooms.

    • camsaure

      Why are you afraid of the truth and reality? Also last I heard Obumble is running the wars now. (by the way, Hows that Arab spring workin out?)
      The number of people killed in gun violence? Fine as long as they also include people whom saved theirs and others lives with guns.
      I guess you just don’t like the fact of congressmen having a prop to demonstrate how they are destroying the country. Why do you HATE America?

      • Anon

        Typical conservatard response. Create a fictional argument for the other side, like being afraid of truth of reality. It’s funny to see you blame Obama for the wars that Bush started. Yes, so sorry he has to clean them up fast enough. The Arab Spring is exactly what Bush and conservatards like you wanted with the invasion of Iraq; namely spreading democracy around the world. Yet again you blame Obama for Bush’s astounding failures. To top it off, when confronted with facts you don’t like, the best defense you can gather is asking why I hate America. No wonder Republicans are losing so badly if that’s the retarded type of arguments and outlook they provide.

        Thanks for the laugh, sh*thead.

        • jl

          “Blame Obama for the wars Bush started..” Really? From what I read above it says “Obumble is running the wars now.” Professor, running isn’t the same as starting. And instead of answering the question- “How’s that Arab Spring working out?”, you deflect it to Bush. In other words, you do exactly what you complain your opponent is doing. “Arab Spring” started under Obama, and no, it’s not going very well. Thanks for the 8th grade debate technique, sh*thead.

        • camsaure

          Obama is NOT speading democracy around the world, he is advancing the muslim brotherhood’s cause, which is sharia law. You, just like all libs scatter like cockroaches when the light of truth is shown upon you.

  • 11B40


    Back at the shop, I heard that the NAtional Debt Clock had objected to the presence of Democrats in Congress.