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Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) weighed in on the republican debt hostage crisis in a press release:

Hartzler urges President Obama and Democrats to stop the scare tactics

Jul 15, 2011 Issues: Congressional Issues, Economy and Jobs, Spending Cuts and Debt, Tax Reform

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) is standing her ground in the fight against irresponsible borrowing and spending and is calling on President Obama and liberal Democrats in Washington to stop the scare tactics in discussions over the President’s request for an increase in the debt limit.

“President Obama is resorting to the liberal playbook with scare tactics regarding the debt limit,” said Hartzler. “He is threatening the denial of Social Security checks and payments to veterans if no debt limit deal is reached before August 2nd. This is irresponsible!”

“Even the Washington Post Editorial Board can see through this game that is being played,” continued Hartzler. “In its May 8thedition, the newspaper concludes,’Democrats have effectively scared seniors as a political tactic for many years.’ Phil Kerpen of Americans for Prosperity, writing an opinion piece for Fox News, states, ‘To people who rely on Social Security to put food on the table and a roof over their heads, that’s an awfully reckless thing for a President to say. It’s also false, because Obama can guarantee Social Security checks go out. In fact, it is entirely in his hands.'”

“If President Obama and his fellow liberals insist on action that harms the most vulnerable among us it will be their decision and their decision, alone,” added Hartzler. “It is time for the scare-mongering to end and for President Obama to step up and get serious about dealing with our out-of-control spending that is harming our nation. Any deal must include permanent, structural spending reforms that will put us on a path to a balanced budget, real cuts – not just promises of future cuts, and no job-killing new taxes!”

Vicky Hartzler was elected to Congress on November 2, 2010. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.

Americans for Prosperity?:

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a group fronting special interests started by oil billionaire David Koch and Richard Fink (a member of the board of directors of Koch Industries). AFP has been accused of funding astroturf operations but also has been fueling the “Tea Party” efforts…

Astroturf?:

Astroturfing – A professional political campaign disguised as a ‘grassroots’ uprising (astroturf is artificial grass)…

Where was Vicky Hartzler when dubya was racking up debt and deficits from January 2001 to January 2009? Contributing to it? Just asking.

And then, if Representative Hartzler (r) criticizes President Obama for “threatening denial” of Social Security checks if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling doesn’t she need to do the same for House Speaker John Boehner (r)? Via Think Progress:

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[@ 0:31] Greta Van Susteren: The, uh, uh, Congresswoman Bachmann [r] talked to me last night about Social Security because that was one of the things the President said, said something about come August second, you know, maybe the checks won’t go out. Does the money from the Social Security come from a different account, essentially, so that even if we do hit the debt ceiling and there is some government shutdown those checks still go out because they are, uh, the revenue from them is from people working?  

Speaker John Boehner (r): Oh, I don’t, I don’t believe so. Uh, at the end of the day it all, it all comes out of the general fund. And, uh, the general fund is expected to be out of cash, uh, come August third or August fourth. Uh, and then the Treasury Secretary would have to make decisions about what to pay and what not to pay…

“…”He is threatening the denial of Social Security checks and payments to veterans if no debt limit deal is reached before August 2nd. This is irresponsible!…”

We’ll await Representative Hartzler’s press release calling the Speaker on his use of liberal scare tactics.

We won’t hold our breath.