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Harry Reid and Senate Dems reject conference proposal – #BlameHarryReid

Harry Reid and Senate Dems reject conference proposal – #BlameHarryReid

The latest development.

I think negotiating with empty chairs will be a good thing.

Reid and Obama are riding high, convinced the media will convey their messaging. There’s reason for them to think that:

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Perhaps Boehner needs to hold a joint press conference and let reporters ask questions of the empty highchair that will represent Senator Reid.

No negotiations without an open apology from Reid and Obama for referring to TEA party people as anarchists and terrorists.

Defund ObamaCare or defund the republican party!

Not a single dime more to the GOP until they use my contributions to buy a national media SWAT team that can rapidly and effectively counter all Republican character hit jobs from the pro-Totalitarian Press.

The Republicans need an articulate spokesman from the house.
They also need an honest forum.
What are the odds?

John Sullivan | October 1, 2013 at 10:49 am

I keep reading and hearing that the House won’t vote on the Senate budget. Where is the Senate budget? To my understanding, no “Senate budget” exists. Why can’t a single Congressional Republican stand up and state succinctly that the only reason we are at this stage is because the Senate hasn’t passed a budget in the past five years, and still has not passed a single budget on which the House presently can even vote?

Consider the debt limit. Like ObamaCare, it is a statute enacted by Congress–or rather a series of statutes, each authorizing the issuance of additional debt as it becomes necessary. The Congressional Research Service reports that the 111th Congress–the same one that enacted ObamaCare–raised the debt limit three times: by $789 billion to $12.104 trillion in February 2009, by $290 billion to $12.394 trillion in December 2009, and by $1.9 trillion to $14.294 trillion in February 2010.

Obama and the Democrats, who then controlled Congress, could have avoided the current difficulty by enacting legislation in 2009 or 2010 raising the limit to, say, $20 trillion–or abolishing it altogether, or suspending it until 2017. (A suspension of fixed duration, 3½ months, was in fact enacted this past February.)

It’s not hard to think of reasons why instead they followed the custom of enacting only stopgap increases instead of what would have amounted to a blank check. For one, it would have been politically disadvantageous, if not disastrous, for Democrats to announce their intention to put the country that deeply into debt. For another, Obama had not yet been re-elected, so that a blank check from congressional Democrats might have been cashed by a Republican president.

Democrats in Congress are no more eager than Republicans to give up the leverage that comes with the need for periodic legislation raising the debt limit. As we noted Friday, Democrats attempted unsuccessfully to use that leverage 40 years ago to enact laws restricting political speech. And in 2006 a young Democratic senator voted against raising the limit to a comparatively paltry $8.965 trillion.
—Taranto WSJ

Just a lil’ history for your use.

    There is a simple reason the democrats didn’t do what you suggest, Ragspierre, and that is because they don’t want to let a manufactured crisis go to waste.

      Ragspierre in reply to Paul. | October 1, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      But there is such a thing as “crisis fatigue”.

      People…after a bit…get tired of the boy crying wolf.

      Pretty soon, they just look to kick the boy’s ass…

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | October 1, 2013 at 10:58 am

The clear winner is the media. As I said in a comment at Power Line a few days ago, the media’s first obligation is to SELL the news and their secondary obligation is to advance the Democrat agenda.

They ginned up hysteria and drove tons of traffic to their sites (a CNN article an hour ago had 16,000 comments, as I post this it is over 19,000 comments and the comment counter continues to increase rapidly).

But like the sequester, the average person isn’t going to feel the partial shutdown.

Frankly I hope the US Government stays shut down. Screw ’em! The sun rose this morning, 99.9% of those with jobs went to work & schools are open. The US military is still on duty along with the DOJ FBI, ICE & DEA. The Coast Guard is still patrolling our waters and Customs Dept is still inspecting shipments. Social Security checks are still going out and hospitals and doctors are seeing patients. We my actually save some money with millions of “non-essential” federal bureaucrats and paper shufflers staying home. Half of the “services” the Feds “provide” can be taken up by the states and most done away with permanently. I for one will lose no sleep!

Every second this corrupt government is “Shutdown” the money wasted by “Non-essential” services is reduced.

Oh, and I am just waiting for the Truckers to come in and start parking their trailers in mid intersection in DC come Oct 11th.

Truckers are the salt of the earth.

As to the media bias, I have but one word:


TrooperJohnSmith | October 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Nobody outside Nanny York reads that fishwrap, so who’s looking?