More Shamelessness From Harry “No Budget” Reid

Sadly, my family lost one of our own yesterday in the accident at Hawthorne. A brave young man who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. While I wish to hold politicians accountable for their words and actions regarding this tragedy, I do not want to overly politicize or even publicize my thoughts out of respect for his Mother, Father and immediately family (he was a cousin).

This blog, courtesy of John Galt/ is an excellent summary of the event, as well as Harry Reid’s despicable politicization of the event.

Allahpundit also shares his take on the events over at Hot Air.









” Think the desperate Democrats trying to punish America for daring to inflict a two-percent reduction upon their spending plans couldn’t sink any lower?  Think again.

On Monday, a 60mm mortar exploded during live-fire training at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada, killing seven Marines and wounding several others.  Fox News reports the Corps is investigating the cause of the explosion:

The Marines immediately issued an indefinite moratorium on firing of all such mortars worldwide until an investigation clears as safe the type of weapon and ammunition in the tragedy. The moratorium could last for weeks or months.”


Reid plays politics with tragedy :


” Mr. President, it’s very important we continue training our military, so important.But one of the things in sequester is we cut back in training and maintenance. That’s the way…

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Reid Out, Deal Done?

It looks like there may finally some movement on a deal to avoid the Fiscal Cliff, with about 12 hours until the existing tax rates expire:

President Obama held a press conference to announce that a deal was close (although not reached) at this point, and urging for action (all the while seeming to sabotage the effort for personal political purposes, we can surmise). Without re-hashing the issue of whether or not Obama and the Democrats are negotiating in good faith, it appears as though an agreement on the tax part has been reached (although worse than the panned “Plan B” from the House); with other parts (noticibly not spending cuts) still to be hammered out.

Probably the most notable thing about this tentative McConnell-Biden deal is that what once seemed hopeless ended up getting done once Harry Reid was removed from the negotiating table. If you’re reading this, it probably comes as no surprise that Harry Reid has acted as Chief Obstructionist on Capital Hill, all the while blaming Republicans as the party of “no”. He has refused to allow votes on jobs legislation passed in the House, refused to pass a budget for four years, and generally blocked any attempt at legislating, if it did not fit the Democrat agenda:

In other words, while blasting Republican “obstructionism,” Reid is plotting systematic obstructionism throughout the coming months. This is spelled h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y.

Whether the deal gets done and voted on by both houses of Congress, or if it isn’t signed until tomorrow; whether you like the fact that a deal was reached or prefer to “Let It Burn”, it is interesting to note that a deal could finally be reached once a bad senator with too much power (c’mon Nevada, get your act together!) was removed from the process. The media reporting this fact and informing the American public…that’s a different story.

[UPDATE 12/31/12]

Depsite the closed-door deal-making, it appears that there won’t be any votes held in the House today. So, it looks like D.C. has made a New’s Year’s Resolution to go cliff diving:

With a vote likely for tomorrow while the markets are closed, expect business as usual on January 2; with no spending cuts in this deal, and who-knows-what happening with the debt ceiling (except that real spending cuts will likely not be a part of any deal), expect more of the same over the next four years.

Negotiating In Bad Faith

The Hill has recently reported that progress is being made in Senate fiscal cliff negotiations between Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) following a meeting with President Obama and others today:

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Senate leaders emerged optimistic from a Friday afternoon meeting at the White House with President Obama, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.). Vice President Biden and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner also attended.

Obama told reporters late Friday thereis still time to reach a deal.

“I just had a good and constructive discussion here at the White House with Senate and House leadership about how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class and I’m optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time,” he said in a live statement to the press after which he declined to take questions.English: Official photo cropped of United Stat...

Of course, Obama is not presenting any new proposals as part of the negotiations. Instead, he is keeping his target for tax increases at families earning $250 thousand a year. This, then, is the starting point for the negotiations. It is widely expected that McConnell will counter with raising the income level to $400 thousand in an effort to get a deal passed; but the question is whether the tax-peddling Democrats will compromise and agree to the higher income level. If not, Reid will force and up or down vote on the $250 thousand income level:

If Reid and McConnell fail to reach agreement by Sunday, Reid will bring to the floor a bill that extends income tax rates on family income below $250,000 and unemployment benefits and dare Republicans to vote against it.

Therein lies the rub; and why the dissention over Plan B mattered. If the House Republicans passed Plan B, then the could have dared the Senate Democrats to vote against it. Now, the ball is back in Obama’s court, and he’s serving up $250 thousand. Unfortunately, taxes are going up whether we like it or not. By failing to pass Plan B, the Republicans kneecapped themselves, and now they will be going up on a higher percentage of Americans. The best that the Republicans can hope for now is not a hike on those making $1 million or more, but rather a hike on those making $400 thousand or more; that’s only if the Democrats agree to compromise, certainly not likely.

Let’s face it, there’s no real incentive for the They are more than happy to let the country go over the fiscal cliff so that taxes go up on everyone. That’s why these negotiations are nothing more than kabuki theater. If we go over the cliff, the Democrats can then introduce new cuts for the middle class and come out smelling like roses – they know that the Republicans will be blamed for higher taxes, so they have nothing to lose and have no need to negotiate in good faith. The Republicans know this too, which is why they want to agree to a deal at $400 thousand, but will most likely cave at $250 thousand. Everything else is just playacting.