Harry Reid's Great Disappearing Act (Our fiscal mess is the Democratic Senate's fault

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    By Kimberly Strassel
    01/18/2013


    The simplest statements sometimes are the most insightful. For an example, consider this one on Wednesday from Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, in reaction to President Obama's gun-control proposals: "I would welcome the opportunity to debate these issues on the floor of the Senate, and would encourage Majority Leader [Harry] Reid to schedule a full and open debate."

    In these seemingly innocuous words are a key to GOP revival. What may be the most overlooked story of the past two years is how Harry Reid has subverted the democratic process, successfully allowing him to both protect his party and keep the focus on Republicans. If the GOP wants to start winning a few battles, this dynamic has to change.

    The Founders created a legislative process that was deliberately different from the parliamentary systems of Europe. In the "regular order" of things, the House works its will. The Senate works its will. Those two bodies meet in conference. The president may then sign or veto the resulting legislation.

    In Mr. Reid's Washington, the House works its will, the Senate does crossword puzzles. Its committees do not produce bills, its senators do not debate or amend, the body does not vote. The House, to accomplish anything, is forced to engage in backroom wrangling with the White House, the results of which are presented to the nation as a fait accompli. The Senate claims total deniability.

    Mr. Reid's Senate has not produced a budget in three years. The majority leader rarely moves on a bill, and when he does, he uses tricks to block senators from amending legislation, or he shuts down debate in such a way as to kill legislation. Regular order and conference reports are nearly nonexistent.

    Mr. Reid's primary motive is to shield his vulnerable members from tough votes and to hide the huge divisions in his party.

    He does not want a debate on gun control, as it would force Democratic senators to choose between President Obama and their own pro-Second Amendment constituents. The majority leader would not offer a bill during the fiscal-cliff negotiations because many Democrats disagreed with their president's proposed tax hikes. He has not produced a budget because to do so would expose the party's real spending ambitions, which would create political problems back home for his members.

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    You won't get any debate on the real issues and real problems in America such as Reid's destruction of our legislative process, I am afraid.

    The only people on the Left who post in here anymore are hardcore radicals who could care less.
     
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    And we have the idiotic citizens of Nevada to thank for this.
     
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    Why blame the people of Nevada when SEIU forced the fraudulent vote in favor of Reid. Then again Reid and Pelosi have been behind the lack of a national balanced budget. Oblamer and his biased media have blamed Congress when in fact its been Reid and his partisan Democratic Senate majority that have been blocking any advancement.
     
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    Reid isn't or never was interested in balancing the budget...nor was/is O for that matter.
     
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    Refusing to follow the law and pass budgets is how they locked in their trillion-plus annual budget deficits to buy off supporters.

    It worked.


    It is destroying America, but it worked.
     
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    Yep, it worked. Had those budgets been voted on, we may have seen an entirely different political landscape. Reid held the country hostage while empowering his party on the american taxpayer back.
     

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