Harry Reid is coming up on his 72nd birthday. For 6 years more than half of his life he has been an elected politician and, if he’s learned nothing else in the 43 years he’s been doing this, he’s learned how to be brilliantly cynical.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, in a piece put out today, ol’ dingy Harry sat down for a little chinwhack session with 30 of their guys “at the newspaper’s offices” which, according to the LVRJ, “was dedicated to federal spending and how Congress might tame exploding budget deficits.”
If I wasn’t so used to this pathetic nonsense that spews from these scumbag politicians’ mouths, I’d really be pissed off right now… well, ok-I’m really pissed off right now, anyway, but still…
It’s not so much his words that suggest he believes the Tea Party will fade away when the economy gets better (the demise of which is what he believes gave rise to the TP to begin with) as it is his straight-faced (and bold/bald-faced) lies as he explains why today’s economy went south to begin with, and who has been to blame for all our economic woes over the past few years:
Reid blamed everything that ails Washington and the nation on Republicans. He slammed the GOP for its refusal to go along with tax increases as part of this month’s debt-ceiling deal, saying hard-core fiscal conservatives are making it impossible to strike a long-term deal that slows the growth of the national debt.
“(Senate Minority Leader) Mitch McConnell has done a good job bringing the country to a standstill,” Reid said.
That is a beauty right there…”strike a long-term deal that slows the growth”… Reid and his fellow liberal morons just can’t bring themselves to utter the words “CUT SPENDING.” It really does appear impossible for them to grok the idea that we need to spend less, not raise revenue. And why should they? It sure as hell isn’t their money, so why worry?
There’s so much in here, I scarcely know where to begin… I’m going to try all the same though.
First, the TP is railing against spending, not the deficit (putting a stop to the former will take care of the latter all by itself). Second, they are calling for lower taxes not higher ones… not even from the rich people (you know, the ones that still have enough money to hire some of us and pay us so we don’t have to take a handout from Bambi and the boys?). And third, they demand limited Government, not the expansion of it. So long as these things are not accomplished, the TP (or at least the TP sentiment) is only going to grow larger…it’s certainly not going to “fade away”:
Democrats were tossed from office in record numbers last November. That groundswell is shaping the 2012 campaign.
But Reid doesn’t expect it to last.
“The Tea Party was the result of a terrible economy,” he said. “I’ve said that many times, and I believe that.”
“That (the Tea Party) will pass. They will lose a number of seats next year.”
There are just no words…
Perhaps the best part of the whole LVRJ story is summed up by the author at the tail end. Here he recognizes a simple truth; Reid has been in charge of the Senate through all of this, and he owns every damn red dime of these problems. I would offer that he has also earned the right to put his name on the “Father” line of the TP birth certificate. This is HIS economic undoing (and that whackjob from the land of fruits and nuts Pelosi) that we’re all having to confront… not Bush’s, and certainly not the TP’s. He could have undone, or prevented, everything Bush ever did but, as our economic indicators clearly reflect, he has failed to do so… year after year after year. Never forget folks; we’re at 800 plus days and counting since we’ve had a Federal budget…the entire duration of Obama’s Administration which got cover from Reid and Pelosi until 7 months ago.
Nope…this is the Democrats, and the President, and the rest of us are just shoveling [redacted] against the tide.
Remember, as I have pointed out in the past, there is no such thing as a “Tea Party” however strong a “Tea Party sentiment” might exist in America just now. There is a House and a Senate and a White House. All one needs to do is look back to see who has been in charge since the Hope and Change Express hit Capitol Hill, and ask themselves the age-old simple question: “are you better off now than you were before Obama took office?”
Let’s let the author of the LVRJ piece get the last word this time:
Reid rationalizes that those problems are all Republicans’ fault. He opened Friday’s group interview with a two-minute reminder that George W. Bush is responsible for the country’s spending and America’s economic woes. After all, Bush inherited a projected $7 trillion budget surplus from Bill Clinton. (Never mind that Clinton served his final six years over a Republican-controlled Congress. They had nothing to do with that period of spending restraint.)
There’s no denying that Bush did little to rein in the fat-and-happy Congresses that shoveled out the pork during his first six years in office. That deficit spending did incalculable political damage, allowing Democrats to position themselves to the right of Republicans on fiscal policy and falsely run as conservatives in 2008.
But budget deficits under Bush were in the $100 billion to $400 billion range, mostly related to the post 9/11 wars. The Obama administration — working with a Democratic House and Senate its first two years — set the course for budget deficits of more than $1 trillion into the distant future. Obama is on course to pile up more debt in three years than Bush did in eight.
Democrats — led by Reid — now own this country’s debt problem and its struggling economy. The 2012 election will be a referendum on Obama and Reid, not Bush. The Tea Party will see to that.