Here's the transcript:
"One of the messages I had — because we need to build trust and confidence in our number one creditor," said Kirk, "is that the budget numbers that the US government had put forward should not be believed. The Congress is actually gonna spend quite a bit more than what's in the budget,and the health-care bill probably being the lead driver of additional spending by the Congress.
Nothing like selling out our leaders to a communist dictatorship. Okay, let me just say it: Imagine if a Democrat congressman did this to a Republican president? Went to an unfriendly foreign government and told them not to believe our government, and did so in an effort to influence legislation at home. It would be holy hell.
(NOTE FROM JOHN: Not to mention, why is Congressman Kirk trying to get the Chinese involved in the US health care debate? If we had a real health care reform campaign there'd already be a video ad up by now about how the pro-insurance-company/pro-Republican side of the health care reform is trying to involve the Communist Chinese. Americans would love knowing that. But fortunately for the Republicans and the insurance companies, liberals in Washington don't believe in being mean.)
To make matters worse, Kirk isn't just a congressman. He's currently a member of our nation's military:
Kirk, who holds the rank of Commander, is a Naval Reserve intelligence officer and has served during conflicts with Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, and Bosnia. He recently became the first member of Congress to serve in an imminent danger zone since 1942 when he deployed as a reservist to Afghanistan in December. The U.S. Navy named Kirk “Intelligence Officer of the Year” in 1999 for his combat service in Kosovo.
Do we have to worry about what Kirk is saying to other foreign governments, too?
This is way beyond the pale, even for a Republican.