Harry Reid: Finally, Republicans are “regaining their grip on sanity”

posted at 9:21 pm on February 12, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

OK, senator. Have it your way. My only question for him then, and all of the other Democrats rolling merrily along with their endless iterations of debt-ceiling hikes, is in regard to that “catastrophic default on our nation’s obligations” that “would have thrown our economy into a tailspin,” since it does seem so very important to him: If not now, then when do you plan on addressing the fact that we are approaching $18 trillion in national debt with no present or future plans that will accomplish anything besides continuing to add to that number hand-over-fist? Is it your intention, in fact, to never bother addressing our egregiously unsustainable spending levels, and to just keep raising the debt ceiling to infinity and beyond? Because, if we’re really casting stones about “sanity,” well… via RCP:

It’s encouraging that some of my Republican colleagues seem to be regaining their grip on sanity this week. Republicans have shown a willingness to compromise to restore veterans’ hard-earned pensions. A few reasonable House Republicans were willing to join Democrats to avert a catastrophic default on our nation’s obligations. A default that would have thrown our economy into a tailspin, and damaged this nation’s standing in the world. I commend Speaker Boehner for doing the right thing. He voted for this, and he got enough Republican votes to get it done.


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Has Harry Reid EVER answered the charges of pederasty that have been lain against him?

ConstantineXI on February 12, 2014 at 9:25 PM

shut up, Harry.
oh, and Bishop!

Doc Holliday on February 12, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Dang so close

Doc Holliday on February 12, 2014 at 9:26 PM

“Debt doesn’t matter.”

Every Democratic politician … and now – every GOPe politician.

PolAgnostic on February 12, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Heh, just wait until crazy Ted starts his run in 2016……

I am pretty sure that will cause old Harry to have a brain seizure…..

redguy on February 12, 2014 at 9:27 PM

“Debt doesn’t matter.”

Every Democratic politician … and now – every GOPe politician.

PolAgnostic on February 12, 2014 at 9:26 PM

It doesn’t matter until the day it does matter and then there will be hell to pay.

Kind o’ like a train doesn’t matter–until it hits you.

Doc Holliday on February 12, 2014 at 9:28 PM

“regaining their grip on sanity” = democrats spending America into oblivion.

redguy on February 12, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Harry Reid was, is, and always will be a corrupt, hyper-partisan jerk it should not even be in the Senate, much less Senate Majority leader. Thanks for nominating Sharon Angle Nevada Republican primary voters! Let’s hope the TruCons do not lose us more winnable seats by nominating more witches, scolds, and “a pregnancy from rape is God’s gift” believers. There is much more we could be doing in getting our spending under control with majorities in both houses of Congress!

Dr.B on February 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Is it your intention, in fact, to never bother addressing our egregiously unsustainable spending levels, and to just keep raising the debt ceiling to infinity and beyond?

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It is their intent to RAISE the “egregiously unsustainable spending levels” …

… until the global economy collapses and they can declare “bank holidays” allowing them to seize every 401(k) and IRA in return for a government promised annuity.

If you won’t to object to that statement – you’d better Google:

IRA 401(k) Senate Democrats committee hearing

They have an end goal in mind.

PolAgnostic on February 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM

How would dirty Harry recognize sanity?

crankyoldlady on February 12, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Hey, isn’t that great GOPe’ers, you’re doing an awesome job…according to Harry Reid!

Congratulations, hope you sleep well at night knowing that.

Left_is_Wrong on February 12, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Why does he care? He’ll be dead by then…

Washington Fancy on February 12, 2014 at 9:32 PM

The insane are running the asylum.

bobthm3 on February 12, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Harry Reid: Finally, Republicans are “regaining their grip on sanity”

…of course I’m still that deceitful bastard that runs
this place…so they still have to deal with that…

ToddPA on February 12, 2014 at 9:34 PM

And your party’s choices of moderates during the last two presidential elections worked out so well for you, didn’t it?

Alien on February 12, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Shut up

cmsinaz on February 12, 2014 at 9:35 PM

There is much more we could be doing in getting our spending under control with majorities in both houses of Congress!

Dr.B on February 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM


YEP!
Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader McConnell would spend the next TWO years with “majorities in both houses of Congress” caving to Obama’s demands per the orders of their masters – the GOPe Donor Class.

First we need primary defeats for McConnell and Boehner – even if Boehner is removed as Speaker before the primary.

PolAgnostic on February 12, 2014 at 9:36 PM

And then your argument will be we can’t cut spending because republicans will get the blame when Obama shuts down the government.

xblade on February 12, 2014 at 8:02 PM

I hear people saying all the time, “they can’t do that” about a lot of things. Under the constitution and laws they can’t but if you think they will pay any attention to that think again. They’ve already proven they’ll do anything. They will seize your bank account. It’s too bad people think the constitution is some magical thing that will protect us from tyrants. Only if the tyrants respect it and these criminals don’t. And only if there are courageous people to stop them.

crankyoldlady on February 12, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Oops — sorry, forgot the block quote:

Let’s hope the TruCons do not lose us more winnable seats by nominating more witches, scolds, and “a pregnancy from rape is God’s gift” believers.

And your party’s choices of moderates during the last two presidential elections worked out so well for you, didn’t it?

(Better?)

Alien on February 12, 2014 at 9:37 PM

I will only say this: the debit ceiling would only be useful in so much as it restrains spending. The issue of weather the spending is financed by taxes or debit is secondary to the raw scale of spending itself — the more the government spends, the weaker the economy.
Of course, the Democrats have now succeeded in making the debit limit irrelevant, so it hardly matters.

Count to 10 on February 12, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Protip: If you’re a Republican and you’re on the same side of an issue as Harry Reid, you’re doing it wrong.

gryphon202 on February 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

It seems terribly silly to even consider that wind bag dingy harry even has a clue what sanity is at all.

This debt ceiling hike only proves that RINOs are dominant in the repukelican party. No spine. Standing for reason, sanity, and the constitution is completely out of the question for these clowns.

Diluculo on February 12, 2014 at 9:39 PM

In other news: Wretched old senator continues to babble incoherently.

I’d find it extremely difficult not to jack this guy up if I passed him in the halls of congress. Sadly the GOP can’t even muster a mild rebuke against this agitating antiquity.

StubbornGreenBurros on February 12, 2014 at 9:40 PM

You keep on using that word. I don`t think it means what you think it means.

ThePrez on February 12, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Laugh all you want at the man who has taken over our senate and helped destroy our country.

But the fact is, not only did Republicans become unmoored from principle on the Debt Ceiling vote, they’ve also lost the narrative with our public because they are too busy hiding their shame.

Marcus Traianus on February 12, 2014 at 9:41 PM

La douche di tutte le docce…

novaculus on February 12, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Dang Harry, I thought you might have taken a few too many blows to the head. They’re not regaining any sanity. Every conservative I know would do anything in their power to give vets a decent pension after service. It’s your pension that needs to be looked at and voted on by “WE THE PEOPLE”. Put that up for a vote.

P. Logan on February 12, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Having Harry Reid judging sanity is like having Helen Thomas judging beauty.

VorDaj on February 12, 2014 at 9:43 PM

And let me see now, Harry Reid probably thinks John McCain is the sanest Republican.

VorDaj on February 12, 2014 at 9:44 PM

The lie that we would “default on our obligations” is the biggest lie ever told. They can say it over and over with a straight face, all the while piling up massive debt in our names.

There is nothing we can do about it. Why? Because the backs of the American people are broken. They rule over us and anyone that we send to replace them is co-opted within weeks. ( With FEW notable exceptions) We are slaves and they are our masters.

An Identity thief from Nigeria could not do a tenth of the damage these criminals have done to our personal finances.

My hat is off the likes of Reid, Boehner, MCconnell and the handful of morally bankrupt men and women who lord over us. The founding fathers saw them coming, but did not count on fast food and bad television turning the spines of the American people to jello. Now I understand how the Jews went so easily into boxcars.

The second amendment has just become another way for us to acquire shiny toys that we can show off to our friends. We may as well be guaranteed the right to keep and bear yellow stars.

Now back to American Idol, slave. Nothing to see here, move along.

Exninja on February 12, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Has Harry Reid EVER answered the charges of pederasty that have been lain against him?

ConstantineXI on February 12, 2014 at 9:25 PM

I don’t think he has, but I have heard that he was in jail as a youth in Mexico for charges that some would say make his predilection towards pederasty a minor offense. He has never proved them false, so I think that says a lot.

Mimzey on February 12, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Protip: If you’re a Republican and you’re on the same side of an issue as Harry Reid, you’re doing it wrong.

gryphon202 on February 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

That’s why we all knit vote democrat(ic)!

Murphy9 on February 12, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Having Harry Reid judging sanity is like having Barack Obama judging honesty.

VorDaj on February 12, 2014 at 9:46 PM

They will seize your bank account. It’s too bad people think the constitution is some magical thing that will protect us from tyrants. Only if the tyrants respect it and these criminals don’t. And only if there are courageous people to stop them.

crankyoldlady on February 12, 2014 at 9:37 PM

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It’s already undeerway in the EU – THINK about the parts in bold:

EU executive sees personal savings used to plug long-term financing gap

(Reuters) – The savings of the European Union’s 500 million citizens could be used to fund long-term investments to boost the economy and help plug the gap left by banks since the financial crisis, an EU document says.

The EU is looking for ways to wean the 28-country bloc from its heavy reliance on bank financing and find other means of funding small companies, infrastructure projects and other investment.

“The economic and financial crisis has impaired the ability of the financial sector to channel funds to the real economy, in particular long-term investment,” said the document, seen by Reuters.

The Commission will ask the bloc’s insurance watchdog in the second half of this year for advice on a possible draft law “to mobilize more personal pension savings for long-term financing”, the document said.

Banks have complained they are hindered from lending to the economy by post-crisis rules forcing them to hold much larger safety cushions of capital and liquidity.

The document said the “appropriateness” of the EU capital and liquidity rules for long-term financing will be reviewed over the next two years, a process likely to be scrutinized in the United States and elsewhere to head off any risk of EU banks gaining an unfair advantage.

The EU executive will also complete a study by the end of this year on the feasibility of introducing an EU savings account, open to individuals whose funds could be pooled and invested in small companies.

The Commission also plans to study this year whether changes are needed to help fund small businesses by creating a liquid and transparent secondary market for trading corporate bonds in the EU.

It is also seeking to revive the securitization market, which pools loans like mortgages into bonds that banks can sell to raise funding for themselves or companies. The market was tarnished by the financial crisis when bonds linked to U.S. home loans began defaulting in 2007, sparking the broader global markets meltdown over the ensuing two years.

The document says the Commission will “take into account possible future increases in the liquidity of a number of securitization products” when it comes to finalizing a new rule on what assets banks can place in their new liquidity buffers. This signals a possible loosening of the definition of eligible assets from the bloc’s banking watchdog.

The Commission will also “review” how EU rules treat covered bonds by the end of this year, the document says, a step that will be welcomed by Denmark with its large market in bonds used by banks to finance home loans.

Other steps to boost financing in the EU include possible steps to aid crowdfunding, where many people contribute relatively small amounts of money to create a sizeable funding pool.

The document said investors and asset managers also have a role and it will propose a revision of EU rules on shareholder rights to “ensure better disclosure of institutional investors’ engagement and voting policies”.

More controversially, the Commission will consider whether the use of fair value or pricing assets at the going rate in a new globally agreed accounting rule “is appropriate, in particular regarding long-term investing business models”.

PolAgnostic on February 12, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Having Harry Reid judging sanity is like having Baghdad Bob judging how wars are going.

VorDaj on February 12, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Harry Reid…like a BOSS.

It’s ok conservatives. You can now untuck those tails between your legs

LeftoCenter on February 12, 2014 at 9:52 PM

I know why a loaf of bread isn’t $20 right now.

I also know it must end.

Buy your wheelbarrows now. It’s just a piece of paper. A “promissary note”, backed by nothing, only valued at what it is by false account..

We’re fluked.

wolly4321 on February 12, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Finally, Republicans are “regaining their grip on sanity”

So the destruction of my daughter’s future is sanity….

Can a lib come here and explain this to me?

Electrongod on February 12, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Any true conservative, hell, even a Republican with a spine would treat praise from Dingy Harry as the kiss of death. But I guess I understand compromising your principles in order to alienate your base.

antipc on February 12, 2014 at 9:53 PM

PolAgnostic on February 12, 2014 at 9:46 PM

What is it Albert Einstein said about insanity? Yeah, that will end real “well”, and by “well”, I mean “disastrous”.

Steve Eggleston on February 12, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Because the backs of the American people are broken.

Exninja on February 12, 2014 at 9:44 PM

The Ship of State turns slowly until it suddenly decides to become a submarine.

VorDaj on February 12, 2014 at 9:54 PM

ROFL

Like Charles Manson commending Jeffrey Dehmer for his slicing technique.

Bishop on February 12, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Harry Reid: Finally, Republicans are “regaining their grip on sanity”

So keeping the nation on the fast track to bankruptcy is sanity. Ohhh-kay.

TarheelBen on February 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM

So the destruction of my daughter’s future is sanity….

Can a lib come here and explain this to me?

Electrongod on February 12, 2014 at 9:52 PM

One that doesn’t think they have money in the bank as long as they have checks in the checkbook…good luck finding them, I’m not sure they even exist.

Bishop on February 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM

One that doesn’t think they have money in the bank as long as they have checks in the checkbook…good luck finding them, I’m not sure they even exist.

Bishop on February 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM

I know..
But I feel like arguing tonite..:)

Electrongod on February 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM

If Reid really believes this, Boehner is not doing his job.

One thing you have to love about the Democrats, even when they win, they just can’t resist stabbing the opposition with a dagger. Reid believes, just like I do, Boehner is weak and can be manipulated, which is why he said what he said. The establishment Republicans must be close to heaven right now. All is right in their world. They’ve showed everyone how nice they are and how they can make nice with Democrats and Obama. They’re saying, “See how nice we are, please vote for us!!” Meanwhile the country is falling apart, Obamacare is destroying the economy, the debt is rising, and they’re showing they have no plan to deal with it. How in hell do they expect to take the Senate with that going for them?

bflat879 on February 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Harry Reid…like a BOSS.

It’s ok conservatives. You can now untuck those tails between your legs

LeftoCenter on February 12, 2014 at 9:52 PM

You’re a sick one, aren’t ya?

TarheelBen on February 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Harry Reid…like a BOSS.

It’s ok conservatives. You can now untuck those tails between your legs

LeftoCenter on February 12, 2014 at 9:52 PM

LeftoCenter….

Why didn’t you make that “o” a big “O”?

Electrongod on February 12, 2014 at 10:02 PM

I know..
But I feel like arguing tonite..:)

Electrongod on February 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM

You might as well argue with a brick, have you seen the new crop of leftist flag burners we got?

Bishop on February 12, 2014 at 10:05 PM

IIRC, Senator Reid once voted against a debt-limit increase during the Bush’s presidency. Does he consider himself to have been insane at that time?

Bitter Clinger on February 12, 2014 at 10:05 PM

That’s not a compliment I’d like to be receiving from a Red State going into an election year.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM

What is it Albert Einstein said about insanity? Yeah, that will end real “well”, and by “well”, I mean “disastrous”.

Steve Eggleston on February 12, 2014 at 9:54 PM

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As you probably did as well, I was struck by the nonchalance with which this statement was made:

The document said the “appropriateness” of the EU capital and liquidity rules for long-term financing will be reviewed over the next two years, a process likely to be scrutinized in the United States and elsewhere to head off any risk of EU banks gaining an unfair advantage.

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My only issue as this point is with the sheep like devotion of the Leftists who think THEY will come out on top at the end of the day.

Ah, well … stupidity is a non-survival trait.

PolAgnostic on February 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Getting praise from Dirty Harry is more important to these gutless RINOS than fearing the conservatives. I just wrote my unprincipled Senator Cornyn who joined up with his fellow buds like McCain, Flake, and Murkowski to vote for a “clean” debt increase. Where in the heck do these jokers come up with words like “clean”?

mobydutch on February 12, 2014 at 10:10 PM

You can’t use Harry Reid’s name and the word “sanity” in the same sentence.

GarandFan on February 12, 2014 at 10:10 PM

You might as well argue with a brick, have you seen the new crop of leftist flag burners we got?

Bishop on February 12, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Pathetic isn’t it?

It’s what Obama has left…

It’s like they are watching a re-run of Styrofoam columns….

They have no concept of reality….5 years now…of The One…

And Utopia isn’t here……

But they blindly follow a lie…..

Liberals…

Electrongod on February 12, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Committing political suicide is not exactly “regaining a grip on sanity!

redware on February 12, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Boehner’s and McConnell’s war on Conservatives can claim another small victory.

This debt ceiling freebie to Obama and the Democrats has finally driven me from the GOP. I gave them forty years of votes and I can’t imagine them doing anything that will ever bring me back.

Not having to worry about what stupidity the GOPe is up to is rather freeing and uplifting as I know they don’t represent me and they never will.

Bring on a new Conservative Political Party!

RJL on February 12, 2014 at 10:16 PM

There is much more we could be doing in getting our spending under control with majorities in both houses of Congress!

Dr.B on February 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Odd. They’ve never done it before.

de rigueur on February 12, 2014 at 10:18 PM

…It is also seeking to revive the securitization market, which pools loans like mortgages into bonds that banks can sell to raise funding for themselves or companies. The market was tarnished by the financial crisis when bonds linked to U.S. home loans began defaulting in 2007, sparking the broader global markets meltdown over the ensuing two years….PolAgnostic on February 12, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Hey there’s a thought. Let’s try that again. At least when a housing bubble bursts there is something of intrinsic value left (a house) unlike a gas bubble (CO2). Nah, both are bad ideas. Thanks for the post, PolA. I like to keep up on what the Peoples States of Europe are up to.

P. Logan on February 12, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Being called sane by Harry Reid is an insult.

mattmillburn on February 12, 2014 at 10:28 PM

When you have Harry Reid praising you, you know you’ve done something wrong.

Baggi on February 12, 2014 at 10:32 PM

So sanity is for the Republicans to do everything they want. Got it.

ojfltx on February 12, 2014 at 11:07 PM

When I explained to my teenage daughter what these debt-ceiling fights were about a while back, her first question was, “Why even have a debt ceiling if you’re gonna just raise it?”

UnstChem on February 12, 2014 at 11:09 PM

We should listen to Reid: here’s a man who struggles to retain his own grip on reality every day.

virgo on February 13, 2014 at 12:20 AM

You can’t use Harry Reid’s name and the word “sanity” in the same sentence.

GarandFan on February 12, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Threadwinner.

(IMHO)

theotherone on February 13, 2014 at 12:48 AM

Reid wouldn’t know what sanity is without his straitjacket.

zoyclem on February 13, 2014 at 6:29 AM

No Harry, they’re becoming insane like yourself.

sadatoni on February 13, 2014 at 7:32 AM

What would this azz clown know about sanity?….’comon!!

Offhanded on February 13, 2014 at 8:28 AM

They’ve already proven they’ll do anything. They will seize your bank account. It’s too bad people think the constitution is some magical thing that will protect us from tyrants. Only if the tyrants respect it and these criminals don’t. And only if there are courageous people to stop them.

crankyoldlady on February 12, 2014 at 9:37 PM

You don’t even have to look very far for an example of that, and I don’t mean Venezuela. Two months ago when the government got wind that S&P and the rest were going to downgrade us, they went to all our local banks and seized something like 7% of their deposits to shore up their balance sheet. Plus imposed a 7% tax on all business to business transactions, including bank deposits. The Federal government did nothing to stop this open, plain theft. You all know we got downgraded anyway.

JoseQuinones on February 13, 2014 at 9:18 AM

When you get praise from Harry Reid, you know you’re doing something wrong. I guess Boehner takes his lead from Harry.

oldennis on February 13, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Republicans have shown a willingness to compromise to restore veterans’ hard-earned pensions.

Compromise? COMPROMISE?!? Compromise WHAT?

The dictionary definition of compromise is “an agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions“.

What did Democrats concede in a clean hike? The whole point is that it’s “clean”, devoid of any attached issues.

The Schaef on February 13, 2014 at 9:29 AM

If I were any of the GOPe Reps or Senators that voted for the debt limit increase, I’d be very worried. Bevin, and anyone running against Cornyn should use that clip of Dingy Harry calling them sane against either one of them. It will be tough to overcome being called sane by an insane leftist.

Quartermaster on February 13, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Come Lord Jesus…….

crosshugger on February 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Full disclosure here, I am a member, but, guess what organization endorsed this crooked, fascist Osama tool? Some got it right – the NRA….Just goes to show ya, Dems will pander to anyone to get elected.

vnvet on February 13, 2014 at 2:19 PM

When a tyrant marches in and takes the capital of a nation without firing a shot, of course he’s going to praise the leaders who betrayed their people, and say they did the ‘sane’ thing.

Some people buy into the idea that it is better to live as a slave than to die fighting for freedom. So when the Republican ‘Leaders’ waved the white flag, those people will think it is sanity. But it looks like cowardice from here, and I bet Harry Reid knows what it really is. For the moment it serves his purpose to call it ‘sanity’.

s1im on February 13, 2014 at 8:02 PM