Harry Reid has trouble explaining why Dems didn’t raise taxes when they had the chance

posted at 5:21 pm on July 19, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

President Obama and the Democrats are always lamenting that they just can’t seem to get a darn thing done, thanks to those pesky, obstructionist, do-nothing Republicans just cutting their noses off to spite their own faces. But, wait a second… the oh-so-petty ‘Republican Congress’ was a development of the 2010 elections, before which Democrats had a majority of both Houses of Congress — a.k.a., they were in control of the two most powerful branches of the federal government — for the first two years of Obama’s presidency. Why didn’t they pass immigration reform, ‘jobs’ bills, tax hikes, and whatever other visionary policy proposals Republicans are currently preventing them from implementing, when they had the opportunity?

While vociferously defending the president and Democrats’ push to raise taxes on people with an income greater than $250,000 a year in the Capitol earlier today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was either at a loss, or didn’t deem it worthwhile to condescend to answer that perfectly valid question (h/t Weekly Standard):

TWS: Leader Reid, when it comes to the Bush tax cuts…why didn’t Senate Democrats push through this bill back when you controlled the Senate, the House, and the presidency?

REID: The tax cuts weren’t about to expire then. So that’s why we’re doing it now.

TWS: You could have foreseen this issue two years ago.

REPORTER: What are you talking about? They expired at the end of 2010.

REID: And that’s why they were extended one year.

TWS: Why didn’t they vote when you could have pushed this bill through and had it signed into law?

REID: Next question.

No, Mr. Reid, I’d really like to know — it’s not like nobody saw the pending deficit and entitlement crises coming, so… what’s the deal?


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Easy. Because they couldn’t blame Bush or the Republicans.

AllahsNippleHair on July 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM

You don’t questions your betters, you stinky Wogs.

Mord on July 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I can’t believe someone finally asked the question! Good try there, still no answer.

Night Owl on July 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Team Mitt would do well to shine their campaign light on Ocommie and this phony arrogant career political crony.

What JackA$$ this democrite is.

FlaMurph on July 19, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Because they would have lost 100 seats instead of whatever it was.

Chuck Schick on July 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

TWS: Why didn’t they vote when you could have pushed this bill through and had it signed into law?

REID: Next question.

Classic…what? huh? hello, anyone home?
The only thing missing was Pelosi’s wide eyed stare…

And what I hate it the wimpy journalists…why not the next one state “could you answer that previous question?”…

right2bright on July 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Reid.exe has stopped running.

FontanaConservative on July 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

…why isn’t that question asked of Democrats everytime they talk about the ‘obstructionists’ to the media in general?
‘Next question?’

KOOLAID2 on July 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Because shut up, that’s why!

CurtZHP on July 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I think all that nuclear testing out that way has disturbed his thinking, as well as those who voted for him.

ThePrez on July 19, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Is this a gaffe, too?

faraway on July 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Homina homina.Enjoy your final few months as majority leader, Dingy.

JammieWearingFool on July 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Funny! You can’t make this crap up. Funny!

Bmore on July 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

That’s a clown answer, bro.

dgarone on July 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

REPORTER: What are you talking about? They expired at the end of 2010.

Just curious – who was the reporter helping Reid out here?

KateNE on July 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Debunked yet again the “evil obstructionist republicans” talking point will move forward unencumbered.

Scrappy on July 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Is Harry a member of one of those Mormon cults I’ve been reading about?

faraway on July 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Or maybe I’m not reading the transcript correctly and that was just another question to Reid? I originally read it as that reporter questioning the TWS reporter…

KateNE on July 19, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Schumer was equally bad in dancing around and avoiding the questions.

Honest to Pete, this press conference should be mined for its gems in putting together ads by the RNC and the Senate Committee. Demonstrate how deceitful and clueless the Dems really are.

onlineanalyst on July 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Harry Reid has trouble explaining why Dems didn’t raise taxes when they had the chance

No, Erika, he had no problem, none at all…

right2bright on July 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

The few seconds of silence before he says, “next question,” are so uncomfortable to watch/listen to.

dgarone on July 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

The Dems wanted taxes as a campaign issue, that’s why.

hepcat on July 19, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Democrats are running with a smoke and mirrors campaign.

They can’t run on their record and have governed poorly.

It’s too bad that low-information voters can’t see what they’re doing.

Demagoguery and false narratives are all that they have.

This election shouldn’t even be close, but brain-dead will make it that way, anyway.

Corporal Tunnel on July 19, 2012 at 5:37 PM

… And they didn’t want to be blamed for raising taxes.

hepcat on July 19, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Reid: “that’s a clown question, bro’”

Old Fritz on July 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Well…well…well….Harry Reid backed into a corner and like the true obfuscation artist that he is…refuses to answer a valid and direct question.

This is one of the little items I think the GOP should be hammer the Democrats with through the elections in November.

With full majorities… NONE of these issues they NOW claim are VITAL to the welfare of the nation were even addressed.

Gee… now what WAS it that they WERE doing those two years?

OH! That’s right! They were busy ramming through Obamacare…the tax bill that just keeps on taking! 21 new taxes all rolled into one… with 12 of them aimed directly at those making $200,000 or less. Of the total $650 Billion in new tax revenues to be harvested with the new OBAMATAX, 2/3rds of it, some $500 Billion, will come directly out of the pockets of the middle class.

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

REID: Next question.

If there were real journalists at this presser they all would have continued to ask the same question until he answered it or left the lectern whilst pissing himself.

Rio Linda Refugee on July 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Just curious – who was the reporter helping Reid out here?

KateNE on July 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

No, he was correcting Reid’s lie that they didn’t because they had not expired until this year, and the journalist said they expired the year before, just extended.
It was a two-fer to show what a lying bast@rd Reid is…

right2bright on July 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Senator Reid, why, in the last 3 years, hasn’t the Senate passed a budget?

Reid: Next question.

Senator Reid, isn’t passing an annual budget requried BY LAW?

Reid: Next question.

GarandFan on July 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Reid.exe has stopped running.

FontanaConservative on July 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

They had to shut him down otherwise this was the next thing he was going to say:

“Harcourt Fenton Mudd, where have you been? What have you been up to? Have you been drinking again, you miserable sot! You good-for-nothing thing!”

batterup on July 19, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Schumer was equally bad in dancing around and avoiding the questions.

onlineanalyst on July 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

As far as abject liars are concerned, Schumer may even top Obama. I can think of no one worse.

Kataklysmic on July 19, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Tell us about all those real estate deals, Harry.
Next question!
Do you have a live child with Nanny Pelosi?
Next question.
Do you reall believe the drivel that spills out of your mouth?
Next question.
Do you know your soft, grandfatherly voice doesn’t change the fact that you sound like a statist, socialist, skid-riddled, bat sh!t crazy loon and you’re going to be a minority next year?
Next question.
I feel better now.

AllahsNippleHair on July 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Two words: political masturbation.

Democrats are freaky that way.

locomotivebreath1901 on July 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

…and then a copper wire broke in Nevada…

(ref: Atlas Shrugged)

DanMan on July 19, 2012 at 5:43 PM

TWS: Why didn’t they vote when you could have pushed this bill through and had it signed into law?

Oh wait!! I know this one!!

“Because at that time it was not politically advantageous in terms of keeping our jobs for us to play the class warfare schtick in order to demagogue the opposition. Now it is.”

Did I get that right?

gravityman on July 19, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Let the Cuts Expire?
I’ve been making the point that, if the Dems are going to be so intransigent, we could go ahead and let ALL the Bush tax cuts expire. But make sure it’s for everybody, not just the 250Kers. Why not? There is going to be never ending flak about this from the Dems; don’t push for it, but quietly give them there wish if they are going to crow like hyenas. With Romney elected, the economy should grow anyways. It should help with the deficit, at least. But that’s the absolute limit as far as top tax rates. No more rate increases, ever!

anotherJoe on July 19, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Look at Reid’s puzzled look…. he is wondering how this reporter is breaking ranks and asking this kind of a question. Hmmmmm, are some of the media starting to turn?

PaCadle on July 19, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Reid: “that’s a clown question, bro’”

Old Fritz on July 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Intrepid reporter: How about I phrase it in cowboy poetry terms, Dingy?

onlineanalyst on July 19, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Harry has to get more money to offset all Nevada’s failing solar companies.

AZFIRE on July 19, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Spineless, leechy Democrats.

HopeHeFails on July 19, 2012 at 5:46 PM

No, he was correcting Reid’s lie that they didn’t because they had not expired until this year, and the journalist said they expired the year before, just extended.
It was a two-fer to show what a lying bast@rd Reid is…

right2bright on July 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

That’s how I read it. I wanted to give that reporter a gold star, since it is so seldom that any reporter will call a Democrat out on a lie.

mbs on July 19, 2012 at 5:46 PM

right2bright on July 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Thanks – I missed that in the first reading. Guess I’m used to reporters not pushing back on blatant lying like that when Dems do it…

KateNE on July 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

They did! Ever hear of Obamacare? Of course that isn’t enough. They always want more taxes. It will never end. Look at France.

Wigglesworth on July 19, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Reid.exe has stopped running.

FontanaConservative on July 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I loled.

ebrawer on July 19, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Let the Cuts Expire?
I’ve been making the point that, if the Dems are going to be so intransigent, we could go ahead and let ALL the Bush tax cuts expire. But make sure it’s for everybody, not just the 250Kers. Why not?

anotherJoe on July 19, 2012 at 5:44 PM

And then the Democrats reintroduce a tax cut for just the middle class and the Republicans can then vote NO, or YES. If they vote against a middle class tax cut they take a lot of damage. If they vote YES they give the Democrats what they wanted.

sharrukin on July 19, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Look at Reid’s puzzled look…. he is wondering how this reporter is breaking ranks and asking this kind of a question. Hmmmmm, are some of the media starting to turn?

PaCadle on July 19, 2012 at 5:45 PM

You can probably bet that the reporter will not be allowed to attend a Reid presser in the future.

weaselyone on July 19, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Am I the only one who thinks that Reid doesn’t understand the premise of the question?

In the first place, I think his mental faculties are (at the very least) starting to fail him but, more importantly, they’re so delusional in the leftist echo chamber that I think they actually believe their own BS argument.

landshark on July 19, 2012 at 5:53 PM

REID: Next question.

haha
As a Mormon myself, it is interesting how this Mormon is okay for the Dems but the “other” one running is not.

Next Question.

I wonder how well that statement would work with our wife? haha

sarc

I think WE ALL know the answer to that one…

g2825m on July 19, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Harry Reid has trouble explaining why Dems didn’t raise taxes when they had the chance…

Answer: They were giddy with joy and totally absorbed in congratulating themselves over the fact that they had finally come up with the coup-de-grace to destroy the US economy, religious freedom and individual rights of all American in the OBOZOCARE /OBOZOTAX atrocity.

TeaPartyNation on July 19, 2012 at 5:54 PM

After November we will be able to call their bluff. When we regain control of the Senate in the election I guarantee the Dems do not block the extension for all taxpayers. If the Dems allow the cuts to expire during the lame duck the GOP will be heroes in January when they retroactively reinstate the cuts.

Political calculus says a GOP win in the November Senate elections will force the Dems hand to extend the cuts. Let Obama veto it on his way out of office and Romney will be a hero when he signs them after taking the Oath of Office.

weaselyone on July 19, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Reid is such a shameless liar and Obama jock sniffer, that I almost can’t wait for the desperation attacks on Mormonism. It will be amusing to watch Reid throw his own religion under the bus in order ot tow the Dem party line and try to help his boyfriend get reelected.

Kataklysmic on July 19, 2012 at 5:56 PM

The combined intellectual firepower of the Democrat-Senate braintrust of Reid, Murray, Scummer, and Dick the Weenie Durbin. Third world nations must be laughing at us.

Jaibones on July 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM

The long pause right before “next question” is so telling. He was caught and had no legit answer. None.

That right there should be a commercial for the GOP. “Here is your Senate Leader under Obama”

pause….”next question”

Dino V on July 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Technically, Erika and Sen Reid, YOU (DEMS) have been in control of the purse strings since 2006!! All when the country started downhill…which was partly Repubs fault because if you all recall MANY decided you were going to sit home and “show us” in that election year.

By the way, thanks for that.

g2825m on July 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM

It could only get better if he would have said this first:

“Are you serious?”

“Next question”

hahaahaha

g2825m on July 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Harry Reid has trouble explaining why Dems didn’t raise taxes when they had the chance

Such a jackass.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Harry Reid: Boxers or Depends?
Next question!

AllahsNippleHair on July 19, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Look at Reid’s puzzled look…. he is wondering how this reporter is breaking ranks and asking this kind of a question. Hmmmmm, are some of the media starting to turn?

PaCadle on July 19, 2012 at 5:45 PM

What are you talking about?!

LMAO. Look at Dick the Weenie, chewing on his fingernails hoping no one mocks him like that. Patty Murray – too stupid to be nervous about how stupid she is.

Jaibones on July 19, 2012 at 6:02 PM

How stupid must Reid think the people are? Oh, that’s right, he has the evidence of his job as proof.

Buddahpundit on July 19, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Harry Reid has trouble explaining why Dems didn’t raise taxes when they had the chance

Harry: “We didn’t feel it was a good time to raise taxes in 2010 because we were still in a recession”.

Reporter: “Mr Reid, how’s the economy changed?”

Harry: “Next question”

Rovin on July 19, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Boycott Nevada until they vote this ass hat out of office.

natasha333 on July 19, 2012 at 6:05 PM

And what I hate it the wimpy journalists…why not the next one state “could you answer that previous question?”…

right2bright on July 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

…that’s because there were no other real journalists there…and their “Virginia’s” can’t talk and ask questions!

KOOLAID2 on July 19, 2012 at 6:05 PM

The few seconds of silence before he says, “next question,” are so uncomfortable to watch/listen to.

dgarone on July 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

No. I could listen to it over and over again.

98ZJUSMC on July 19, 2012 at 6:06 PM

If you threw a bucket of water on him and Nancy, it’d be a race to see which one melted first.

trigon on July 19, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Easy answer: they wanted to cram obakaTAX down our throats more than they wanted anything else…

ladyingray on July 19, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Reminds me of a movie preview for “The Stooges,” Reid, Moe, and Curly

STL_Vet on July 19, 2012 at 6:09 PM

No big mystery here, remember this? Chris Matthews Concedes: “Liberals Don’t Want to Pay More Taxes; It’s All a Game”

slickwillie2001 on July 19, 2012 at 6:09 PM

In the first place, I think his mental faculties are (at the very least) starting to fail him but, more importantly, they’re so delusional in the leftist echo chamber that I think they actually believe their own BS argument.

I believe you have erred in your assumption that Reid has any mental faculties left at all. Whatever functioning brain cells he may have once possessed steeped for so long in the cesspool of liberal clap trap, political correctness and situational ethics that they fled his cranium years ago.

natasha333 on July 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM

The answer to this question must be the same as the answer as to why there’s been no budget for over 3 years–Little Harry Lord Fauntleroy just doesn’t want to answer.

stukinIL4now on July 19, 2012 at 6:12 PM

This is gold. Pure gold.

I don’t think Reid has ever had anyone call him out on stuff like this before. He was clearly taken aback at someone questioning his partisan games.

ButterflyDragon on July 19, 2012 at 6:14 PM

I don’t care who ya are, that’s funny right there!

Sasha List on July 19, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Thanks once again to the residents of Nevada for re-electing this tool. I know, I know…Angle wasn’t the perfect GOP candidate. But Angle-Reid was much like Romney-Obama will be: sometimes you have to take the less-than-perfect GOP candidate to get rid of the sh!tburger Democrat.

Moose Drool on July 19, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Am I the only one who thinks that Reid doesn’t understand the premise of the question?

In the first place, I think his mental faculties are (at the very least) starting to fail him but, more importantly, they’re so delusional in the leftist echo chamber that I think they actually believe their own BS argument.

landshark on July 19, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I believe you have erred in your assumption that Reid has any mental faculties left at all. Whatever functioning brain cells he may have once possessed steeped for so long in the cesspool of liberal clap trap, political correctness and situational ethics that they fled his cranium years ago.

natasha333 on July 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Dingy had a previous career as an amateur boxer, and he is starting to show symptoms of Alzheimer’s as athletes sometimes experience, like Muhammad Ali.

slickwillie2001 on July 19, 2012 at 6:19 PM

It’s almost as if Harry Reid doesn’t realize he works for us.

KMC1 on July 19, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Harry Reid has trouble explaining why Dems didn’t raise taxes when they had the chance

Because they thought they had lots of times to raise taxes after the 2010 Mid Term election they never expected to lose the House leadership.

Dr Evil on July 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM

And?

All us plebs know it. We screamed facepie for months. What did the cigar room Republicans do? They didn’t say a word, they STILL don’t say a word. The RNC is a mummy. There is so much to use against the sons-of-a-peeshooters and we are talking about Bain? Talking about tax returns? Makes me sick. The dems throw rocks and we hide behind Nerf.

Limerick on July 19, 2012 at 6:40 PM

When the hell are people going to wake up and see the A** is an A** and the Elephant is an A**? Time to get P.O.d was long ago. Where the hell were the Elephants when P.O. time arrived?

Limerick on July 19, 2012 at 6:47 PM

“Next question” – ROFLMAO

Midas on July 19, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Next Question: When is the Senate going to pass a budget?

They did not even have a budget when they had all democrat House and Senate.

They shouldn’t have ANY spending without a budget.

Fleuries on July 19, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Harry Reid has trouble explaining the hole between his butt cheeks.

Pork-Chop on July 19, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Harry Reid has trouble explaining the hole between his butt cheeks.

. Could be because that hole moved under his nose to make it easier for him to continue talking out of his ass.

natasha333 on July 19, 2012 at 7:56 PM

TWS: Why didn’t they vote when you could have pushed this bill through and had it signed into law?

What Reid really meant: Because we didn’t want the voters to blame us for raising taxes, we wanted the voters to blame Republicans for not raising them.

Next question: Why didn’t you answer the previous question?

Oh well…it must have been an exit question.

Steve Z on July 19, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I’ve been asking my Leftist pals that question since last year.

I call those “evil” tax rates “the Obama tax rates” since the Bush rates expired at the end of 2010. They seethe and blame the “do-nothing” GOP (one guy blamed the GOP for pressuring the Dems because of the elections… which were held a month BEFORE they extended them).

mankai on July 20, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Is this a gaffe, too?

faraway on July 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

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I think it’s too low key to be a gaffe… more like a harumph.
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RalphyBoy on July 20, 2012 at 6:36 PM