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Shutdown Monday: Blame Harry Reid

Posted on | September 30, 2013 | 69 Comments

The New York Times:

The Senate is expected to reject decisively a House bill that would delay the full effect of President Obama’s health care law as a condition for keeping the government running past Monday, as Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader, expressed confidence that he had public opinion on his side.

Why is Harry Reid so confident that he has “public opinion on his side”? Because he can rely on the media to confuse the people:

Democrats and their media allies have spent the past week labeling Republicans “anarchists,” “fanatics,” “radicals,” and “terrorists” who are wholly to blame for the situation that we are told will soon lead to a government shutdown. And if all you know about this situation is what you get from the media, you might actually believe that this is a crisis created by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and his fellow conservatives who sought to use the vote on a short-term spending bill as a means of preventing implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare.
Here’s a simple question: Why are we currently funding the federal government through a series of short-term measures known as “continuing resolutions”?
The answer is that the budgeting process has completely broken down in recent years, and the two men most responsible for that breakdown are President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. For three consecutive years — 2010, 2011, and 2012 — the Democrat-controlled Senate did not pass a budget bill because Reid knew that it would be a political liability to do so. Passing a budget that detailed the Democrats’ plans for spending and revenue as official policy would have exposed the “something for nothing” swindle that Reid and his colleagues are perpetrating on the American people. Republican challengers campaigning against Democrat senators could have cited their votes for the budget bill, saying that the incumbent voted for this, that, or the other unpopular component of the measure.
Reid and the Democrats knew this. They knew very well that the federal deficit was spiraling out of control, that there was not enough tax revenue to pay the mushrooming cost of entitlement programs (Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment, et cetera), and certainly there wasn’t enough revenue to pay for all the boondoggles and giveaways the Democrats voted for in the name of “stimulus.” Adding to this, there was not enough revenue to pay the cost of Obamacare, which Democrats rammed through Congress in March 2010 on a party-line vote. Passing an actual budget would have made clear the unsustainable fiscal nightmare into which Democrat policies have plunged the nation during the Obama Age, and so Harry Reid simply didn’t pass a budget for three years. . . .

Please read the whole thing at The American Spectator.

UPDATE: Great minds think alike.



69 Responses to “Shutdown Monday: Blame Harry Reid”

  1. DachsiesWMoxie
    September 30th, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

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  2. dfhall07
    September 30th, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    RT @1Barbara1: Shutdown Monday: Blame Harry Reid

  3. NCTea411
    September 30th, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

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  4. dwr508
    September 30th, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    Shutdown Monday: Blame Harry Reid

  5. Kirby McCain
    September 30th, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    Does Reid remind anyone else of Walter?

  6. Kirby McCain
    September 30th, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    Striking resemblance?

  7. merriemarie
    September 30th, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    Shutdown Monday: Blame Harry Reid

  8. jatfla
    September 30th, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

    RT @merriemarie: Shutdown Monday: Blame Harry Reid

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    September 30th, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

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  10. kjcopp
    September 30th, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

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  11. Paratisi
    September 30th, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Shutdown Monday: #BlameHarryReid

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    September 30th, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

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    September 30th, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

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  14. Finrod Felagund
    September 30th, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    Harry Reid and the Caucus of No.

  15. thatMrGguy
    September 30th, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

    Shutdown Monday: Blame Harry Reid

  16. Adjoran
    October 1st, 2013 @ 12:39 am

    Walter seems like a much nicer fellow – and certainly more honest.

  17. Adjoran
    October 1st, 2013 @ 1:01 am

    Barack Obama has added over $6 trillion to the national debt (already). Here is the salient question: what have we got to show for it?

    It’s as if he were David Copperfield. Shoot, dude, we had a stack of $1 bills here that reached to the moon and halfway back and it just plumb disappeared! Gone, vanished without a trace.

    Everything you say about it being on Reid and Obama is true, but entirely irrelevant to the question of who WILL BE blamed. If facts, logic, and justice had any effect on it, neither Reid nor Obama would ever have been elected in the first place.

  18. FritzKatz
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

    RT @BobBelvedere: #BlameHarryReid @LegInsurrection / Shutdown Monday: #BlameHarryReid @rsmccain…

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