Reid stops minimum-wage hike bill after Dems balk

posted at 8:41 am on February 26, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

So much for changing the narrative in 2014 from the ObamaCare debacle. Democrats, led by Barack Obama, planned to go on offense over the minimum-wage rate to cast the GOP as heartless. But in his rush to the barricades, Harry Reid belatedly discovered that his caucus didn’t like the fight nearly as much as he and Obama did (via Instapundit):

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday delayed action on legislation raising the minimum wage, the centerpiece of the Democrats’ 2014 agenda.

The Nevada Democrat made the surprising move amid escalating Democratic resistance in the wake of a Congressional Budget Office report released last week estimating that hiking the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could cost the equivalent of 500,000 jobs by late 2016.

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Reid has not yet unified his caucus on the issue, which is a constant in the Democrats’ election-year playbook. Of the 55 senators who caucus with the Democrats, only 32 have signed on as official co-sponsors of Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-Iowa) bill.

Let’s get this straight. This is Obama’s highest domestic agenda priority item, and the chamber which his party controls can barely get half of their caucus to sign onto it? That’s some genius work at the White House. Who’s their legislative liaison these days?

The issue, of course, is that the CBO actually scored the proposal before Reid could advance the bill. Their estimate of 500,000 jobs lost in just two years would be a boat anchor on any legislation, but especially in an economy where workforce participation looks like this:

The response from the White House didn’t help, either. When challenged on the numbers, their Council of Economic Advisers suggested that business owners should just learn to live with lower profits. As I wrote at the Fiscal Times shortly afterward:

Therefore, Furman advises businesses that they have other options. “The other margins on which firms can adjust — for example, reduced profits — mean that there is substantial literature that has found little or no employment impact on the minimum wage,” Furman told reporters.

This is one of the most revealing statements made by this administration about its economic policy and its worldview. Their vision of an American economy is not one in which wealth gets created in a dynamic environment and creates jobs and opportunities that in turn create more wealth, jobs, and opportunities. This White House sees the economy as a static, zero-sum game in which investors and business owners simply should be told to accept “reduced profits” while government shapes the markets to their own purposes. …

Wages have stalled in the economy, but it’s not from the stasis in the minimum wage, which was last increased in 2009. It comes from economic, regulatory, and tax policies that tell investors that they should expect less return on their capital and penalize them for expansion. If minimum-wage increases solved the wage-stagnation problem, the 2007-9 increases should have worked. Instead, it constricted the labor markets for the people with the most need and contributed to entry-level job lockout.

In order to drive real wages and buying power up, we need policies that incentivize both investors and workers, rather than celebrating disincentives. We need to stop penalizing investment and increasing the costs of labor, rather than attempt to tell people how wonderful higher labor costs and expanded regulatory burdens will be for their businesses. We will end stagnation when we stop embracing it as the ideal.

Not surprisingly, Senate Democrats aren’t all that keen on political seppuku. The Hill notes that some red-state Democrats facing voters are conspicuously absent from the bill’s supporters, like Kay Hagan (NC), Mary Landrieu (LA), and Mark Pryor (AR). Pryor wants his state to raise its minimum wage to $8.50 rather than do anything at the federal level. Even Tom Carper (DE), who has a safe seat and won’t be up for election this year, wants a revised proposal with a lower increase. Tom Harkin, the retiring Iowa Democrat, refused to produce a smaller bill.

Instead, Reid and Obama now have egg on their faces, and a narrative in ruins. If half of their own caucus balked at the minimum-wage hike, it’s hard to point the finger at Republicans.


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Oh Dear, there went a big Dem Meme for 2014.

Will the GOP be smart and use it for their ads?

hawkdriver on February 26, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Of the 55 senators who caucus with the Democrats, only 32 have signed on as official co-sponsors of Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-Iowa) bill.

Twenty three racist demorats self-identify.

They also hate poor people.

Bishop on February 26, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Blame the gop in 5…4…3…
The lsm will cover for them and the liv will believe it

cmsinaz on February 26, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Guess they’re not doing God’s work.

Bitter Clinger on February 26, 2014 at 8:47 AM

I mean, will the GOP use the them balking for their ads.

“In early 2014 Harry Reid almost went nuclear to raise the minimum wage against the advice of business and business owners. Then he changed his mind because of pressure from fellow Democrats. Does Harry Reid only care about your paycheck when it comes time to vote?”

Oh course, even if they did have the testicular mass to run such an ad, the GOP would probably finish it up like this.

“Harry Reid, bad for business, bad for PA, bad for the country.”

hawkdriver on February 26, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Pffft!

22044 on February 26, 2014 at 8:48 AM

If half of their own caucus balked at the minimum-wage hike, it’s hard to point the finger at Republicans.

But point it they will.

Flora Duh on February 26, 2014 at 8:48 AM

HD….the squishy gop will probably let it slide

cmsinaz on February 26, 2014 at 8:49 AM

If half of their own caucus balked at the minimum-wage hike, it’s hard to point the finger at Republicans.

When have they ever let the truth stand in the way of a good meme?

Naturally Curly on February 26, 2014 at 8:51 AM

I guess pederasts hate poor people. Does Dingy Harry have no shame at all?

Thomas More on February 26, 2014 at 8:52 AM

When will the democrat sycophants (media) start with the stories about democrat navel gazing?

And what happened to the trolls?

I know we didn’t get any of quality in the last sign up. But we did get some.

cozmo on February 26, 2014 at 8:53 AM

No worries. Executive Order Number 123432-43 will take of that in an el jiffo

jaywemm on February 26, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Instead, Reid and Obama now have egg on their faces, and a narrative in ruins. If half of their own caucus balked at the minimum-wage hike, it’s hard to point the finger at Republicans.

They still will blame the GOP though. For God’s sake, they’ve tried blaming Republicans for the problems with Obamacare despite not a single one of them voting for it.

Doughboy on February 26, 2014 at 8:56 AM

HD….the squishy gop will probably let it slide

cmsinaz on February 26, 2014 at 8:49 AM

In the words of
libfreeordie
DeathToMediaHacks
Liberal4Ever
Liberalrules
GodlessCommie
DBear

*sigh*

You are as always, correct cms.

If I were ever anyone’s campaign manager, I would end up begging you guys to send me cakes with files baked in them.

Come-on GOP, take them gloves off.

hawkdriver on February 26, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Who’s their legislative liaison these days?

Didn’t you hear? Barack Obama is a better legislative liaison than his legislative liaison. (and a better chef than his chef and, awkwardly, a better proctologist than his proctologist)

SoRight on February 26, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Harry Reid has never denied the allegations of pederasty that have been made of him.

ConstantineXI on February 26, 2014 at 8:59 AM

progtard HA commenters hardest hit!

Murphy9 on February 26, 2014 at 8:59 AM

They still will blame the GOP though. For God’s sake, they’ve tried blaming Republicans for the problems with Obamacare despite not a single one of them voting for it.

Doughboy on February 26, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Hell, they closed the GOP out of committee for even adding input and then blame the GOP for not helping avoid the mess.

hawkdriver on February 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM

But in his rush to the barricades barakades, Harry Reid belatedly discovered that his caucus didn’t like the fight nearly as much as he and Obama did (via Instapundit):

Fixed the typo. ;0

Happy Nomad on February 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM

I’m not buying it. Since when have the dems. abandoned an issue just because it might cost jobs.
Income inequality/class warfare is their bread and butter.

notwantedinN.Y.

jmtham156 on February 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Didn’t you hear? Barack Obama is a better legislative liaison than his legislative liaison. (and a better chef than his chef and, awkwardly, a better proctologist than his proctologist)

SoRight on February 26, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Hopefully he also thinks he’s a better doctor than his doctor.

ConstantineXI on February 26, 2014 at 9:01 AM

What Harry Reid did and what the big media is going to report on what he did are two different things.

Obama didn’t want the minimum wage hike as much as he wanted to demagogue against Republicans on the minimum wage hike, with the help of the media, and that’s not changing — just as with the mentions of Congress’ low approval ratings never taking into account that Reid and the Democrats control half of Congress, you are going to see periodic metions between now and next November of the minimum wage hike plan of Obama’s being killed, but no mention of all that Harry Reid refused to bring up the bill because it faced opposition within his own caucus. It’s simply going to be the bill was killed by House Republicans, and it’s all John Boehner’s and his lackeys’ fault.

jon1979 on February 26, 2014 at 9:06 AM

No problem. Obama will write up an executive order to increase the minimum wage while capping profits, and will be hailed as the savior of the working poor.

He will then jet off to someplace that is warm, and in the midst of a drought but with green golf courses, to celebrate an early St. Patrick’s Day in honor of his Irish roots.

Yoop on February 26, 2014 at 9:07 AM

“…there is substantial literature that has found little or no employment impact on the minimum wage,” Furman told reporters.

The job-killing effect of the minimum wage has been established to a much greater degree than AGW and its supposed effects. Maybe the media should just refuse to publish anything by these minimum wage job loss deniers.

SacredFire on February 26, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Of the 55 senators who caucus with the Democrats, only 32 have signed on as official co-sponsors of Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-Iowa) bill.

Twenty three racist demorats self-identify.

They also hate poor people.

Bishop on February 26, 2014 at 8:43 AM

HEH.

And don’t forget about Alex Sink in Fl.

“Who will cut our grass, and do our landscaping??”

ToddPA on February 26, 2014 at 9:08 AM

It was never going to happen. I honestly don’t know why people get so upset about stuff like this. This is Politics, this is the way the game is played. It is the same thing with immigration reform, not going to happen this year. But every time those words come out of some Pols mouth, tons of people on here get the vapors.

The Democrats are not going to make serious mistakes like this in an election year to give Republicans anymore ammo than they already have. They are not that politically stupid no matter what people on here think.

Johnnyreb on February 26, 2014 at 9:08 AM

No worries. Executive Order Number 123432-43 will take of that in an el jiffo

jaywemm on February 26, 2014 at 8:55 AM

That’s the fun thing here. Raising the minimum wage for future federal contracts is about all the filthy rat-eared coward can do with executive order. He can’t force this one through by fiat and we all know that his ability to work with Congress sucks.

But…..that being said, having a unified Dem position would have helped.

Happy Nomad on February 26, 2014 at 9:08 AM

progtard HA commenters hardest hit!

Murphy9 on February 26, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Ah, but there are social issue threads to occupy them. There’s one over there now in last nights QOTD. He saw this and went from slowly rocking back and forth with his fingers in his ears humming to himself to going full court, we still in charge.

hawkdriver on February 26, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Don’t forget that Obama was able to move fwd with the ACA by ignoring the demands of the left.
 
verbaluce on November 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

 

rogerb on February 26, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Reid already blamed it on the GOP.

“The obstruction continues and it slows things down,” he said. “We’ve also been hampered by trying to get an extension of unemployment benefits. The slowdown has been a result of continued obstruction.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/199203-reid-delays-minimum-wage-vote

That didn’t take long.

Walter L. Newton on February 26, 2014 at 9:11 AM

I wonder if the Dems get shellacked in 2014 they might just sign on to the impeachment of Obama – he’s ruining their “brand” ya know..

/Racists!

Key West Reader on February 26, 2014 at 9:14 AM

When will Pharaoh issue executive order 10-289?

ConstantineXI on February 26, 2014 at 9:16 AM

They are not that politically stupid no matter what people on here think.

Johnnyreb on February 26, 2014 at 9:08 AM

With the possible exception of the truly stupid like Hank Johnson, I don’t think the prevailing opinion is that the Dems are politically stupid. They are evil, radical and politically wrong but they are not politically stupid.

Which it is all the more meaningful when Harry Reid can’t bully all the Senate Dems into supporting raising the minimum wage (with full knowledge that it wouldn’t get past the House).

Happy Nomad on February 26, 2014 at 9:18 AM

HD. We got your back :)

cmsinaz on February 26, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Reid stops minimum-wage hike bill after Dems balk

See how that works Boehner?

lynncgb on February 26, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Don’t forget that Obama was able to move fwd with the ACA by ignoring the demands of the left.

verbaluce on November 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

rogerb on February 26, 2014 at 9:10 AM

In the troll race to the bottom, this is one of the silliest.

itsspideyman on February 26, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Which it is all the more meaningful when Harry Reid can’t bully all the Senate Dems into supporting raising the minimum wage (with full knowledge that it wouldn’t get past the House).

Happy Nomad on February 26, 2014 at 9:18 AM

There’s the rub. Any vote cast on or after 1 January 2014 in favor of an increase in the minimum wage gives the Republicans additional ammo due to the CBO report. A vote for the hike is a vote for less jobs, etc.

No way any Dem that is in a close race is going to vote for that until after the election. Ain’t happening.

Johnnyreb on February 26, 2014 at 9:24 AM

This White House sees the economy as a static, zero-sum game in which investors and business owners simply should be told to accept “reduced profits” while government shapes the markets to their own purposes. …

From the beginning,they have used the metaphor of a pie that must be re-divided according to their sense of “economic justice.”

onlineanalyst on February 26, 2014 at 9:25 AM

I guess not all Democrats embrace economic illiteracy. Shocked and pleasantly surprised.

anuts on February 26, 2014 at 9:31 AM

That’s quite some distance those 23 dem senators have created between their reelection efforts and dear leader. Makes one wonder if they will be targeted in some way at some point. Remember, the Clinton’s always get even or try to. Maybe they don’t want to face small business owners back home at a town hall or something. With dems, there’s always a personal political reason for whatever they’re doing.

Kissmygrits on February 26, 2014 at 9:39 AM

And that won’t stop them from campaigning on the issue and bleating out the in-equality meme every other second.

HumpBot Salvation on February 26, 2014 at 9:46 AM

I guess not all Democrats embrace economic illiteracy. Shocked and pleasantly surprised.

anuts on February 26, 2014 at 9:31 AM

They’re still embracing it, in part, at the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers (same link as Ed has above:

MR. FURMAN: Our view is that — and this is Jason again — that zero is a perfectly reasonable estimate of the impact of the minimum wage on employment based on research that began with David Card and Alan Krueger comparing minimum wage increase in New Jersey to fast food restaurants across the border in Pennsylvania that didn’t have them…

Despite the fact that Card-Krueger has been discredited numerous times, statists are still hanging their hopes on it.

Paul_in_NJ on February 26, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Oh the irony. You own it no Reid.

jake49 on February 26, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Reid saved Boehner’s bacon, now he doesn’t have to convince his party to vote for a minimum wage hike and fold up like a gypsy tent in the face of fire.

hip shot on February 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM

@Johnnyreb

Don’t be so sure Reid will not get his caucus together on this. This one of a small few wedge issues that the Dems wanted to demagogue for 2014. Reid may do some “whipping” to get a majority.

TexasJack on February 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

….Smart Power!

KOOLAID2 on February 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Who’s their legislative liaison these days?

?

Bueller?

Anyone?

PattyJ on February 26, 2014 at 10:11 AM

MR. FURMAN: Our view is that — and this is Jason again — that zero is a perfectly reasonable estimate of the impact of the minimum wage on employment based on research that began with David Card and Alan Krueger comparing minimum wage increase in New Jersey to fast food restaurants across the border in Pennsylvania that didn’t have them…

Despite the fact that Card-Krueger has been discredited numerous times, statists are still hanging their hopes on it.

Paul_in_NJ on February 26, 2014 at 9:51 AM

If their point is to show demand substitability (or the lack thereof), there are so many things wrong with using PA and NJ fast food restaurants to evaluate the economics of minimum wage increases. Did they factor in the fact that the Delaware River makes it difficult to travel from NJ to PA and back? There are no toll-free bridges south of Trenton. The gas costs alone would be more than de minimus when we’re talking about dollar menu prices.

blammm on February 26, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Reid had to stop this because those dastardly republicans hate poor people.

Just ask him!

trigon on February 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Who’s their legislative liaison these days?

Obama. He’s a better legislative liaison than the WH’s legislative liaison…

JohnGalt23 on February 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Does anyone think that if this weren’t an election year these Dems would have shot this down?

neyney on February 26, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Imagine that. Democrats not willing to step-’n-fetchit on orders from the White House because of the body cavity search they’re getting on Obamacare.

wdkeller on February 26, 2014 at 10:39 AM

If half of their own caucus balked at the minimum-wage hike, it’s hard to point the finger at Republicans.

Not for sock puppets, it isn’t.

HiJack on February 26, 2014 at 10:47 AM

If half of their own caucus balked at the minimum-wage hike, it’s hard to point the finger at Republicans.

Heh – just watch them.

Gator Country on February 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Reid reminds me most of “Boss” Tweed, of Tammany Hall days in NYC. William Marcy Tweed ran a corrupt, “closed” shop of conspirators and cronies in New York with power that rivaled and, on occasion, even surpassed that of those in the Capitol of Albany, NY. In Tammany Hall, the spoils system of rewarding those on “your” side was developed…and practiced with the added element of bribery as well as political aid. Although after many years of success he was convicted in late 1873 and sent to prison for 12 years, Tammany Hall continued to thrive and was not eliminated from power…allegedly…in the 1930′s. But the spoils system simply went underground, became a bit more circumspect, and continues to this day.

But the audacity of both Boss Tweed and Reid are astoundingly similar. Tweed was not a lawyer, not a well educated man, from a rough background, and ruled the same way. So Reid’s tendency to simply ride over people to get his own way is also not a surprise. He will simply use the power he has to 1)keep that power, 2) destroy those who get in his way, and 3)block those who oppose him and his goals. He is Obama…with guts.

TKPedersen42 on February 26, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Let’s get this straight. This is Obama’s highest domestic agenda … can barely get half of their caucus to sign onto it? … Who’s their legislative liaison these days?

Francis? (knock-knock)

Tsar of Earth on February 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Reid, being the strange crackpot he is, could always double down on the theory that those fired can now pursue their dreams.

pat on February 26, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Reid also just claimed that “all the bad storied on obama’care’ are dead wrong”.

Plus, this.

Schadenfreude on February 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Now Chris Matthews has to figure out whom this is supposed to screw.

de rigueur on February 26, 2014 at 12:02 PM

From the beginning,they have used the metaphor of a pie that must be re-divided according to their sense of “economic justice.”

onlineanalyst on February 26, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Well, if that pie is cut both ways, then all those with EBT cards need cancel their data-plans and pool some funds to repay me for working since I was 14, fulltime second-shift when junior/senior in highschool and 30 hours/week while in engineering school, fulltime over summers and holiday breaks in the paper mills. And the college loans too. As a start.

Then we can talk.

Tsar of Earth on February 26, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Ehhhh… $10.10 is nothing anyway.
I’m holding out for a bill to raise it to $50 and hour.
That’ll solve poverty once and for all.

dentarthurdent on February 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I just don’t understand how all the Dem plantation owners’ immigrant maids and landscapers are going to survive without a “living wage”….

dentarthurdent on February 26, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Just wait…those lying Dems will still go out and tell folks the GOP blocked this vote. They do it all of the time and for some reason, they get away with it!

Saints on February 26, 2014 at 12:13 PM

This is what happens when you have a president who runs his mouth at the State of the Union before he checks to see whether or not there is any support for it in Congress. I guess he thinks he can get this one through via Executive Dictatorship as well?

Armyspouse on February 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Liars and baby killers, oh my.

crosshugger on February 26, 2014 at 12:39 PM

This White House sees the economy as a static, zero-sum game in which investors and business owners simply should be told to accept “reduced profits” while government shapes the markets to their own purposes. …

Or in other words Obama and his ship of fools are ignorant, completely, abjectly ignorant, of basic economic principles taught in the most basic classes on economics.

novaculus on February 26, 2014 at 12:41 PM

I go dreaming into the future, where I see nothing, nothing. I have no plans, no idea, no project, and, what is worse, no ambition. Something – the eternal ‘what’s the use?’ – sets its bronze barrier across every avenue that I open up in the realm of hypothesis.

― Gustave Flaubert, Flaubert in Egypt: A Sensibility on Tour

A Rather Poignant moment for our president, thought this quote was a spot on reflection that needed sharing.

Endunamoo on February 26, 2014 at 12:42 PM

I smell a pivot back to the economy coming very soon.

xdwall on February 26, 2014 at 12:57 PM

“…there is substantial literature that has found little or no employment impact on the minimum wage,” Furman told reporters.

It is an undeniable fact that EACH of the last 3 times that Democrats raised the minimum wage (7/2007, 7/2008, & 7/2009), employment dropped.

Look and see what the Employment-Population Ratio was in January 2007 when Democrats took control of Congress and introduced the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, and compare what it was each time the minimum wage was raised.

That bill was eventually passed as a rider to troop funding (the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007), and the minimum wage was raised three times in three years, from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour (a more than 40% increase in 3 years).

1) Up $0.70 to $5.85 per hour on 2007-07-24,
2) up $0.70 to $6.55 per hour on 2008-07-24,
3) up $0.70 to $7.25 per hour on 2009-07-24.

And the Employment-Population Ratio dropped from 63.3% in January 2007 to:

62.9% in July 2007,
62.2% in July 2008,
59.3% in July 2009,

and has been
At or BELOW 59.0% for FOUR AND A HALF YEARS (since September 2009).

ITguy on February 26, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Reid stops minimum-wage hike bill after Dems balk

See how that works Boehner?

lynncgb on February 26, 2014 at 9:20 AM

+7%

Seven Percent Solution on February 26, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Liars and baby killers, oh my.

crosshugger on February 26, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Ummm. Well. Hmmm. Ok, finished pondering…

Attention! The Tsar is preparing to speak…

“Yes, as a matter-of-fact. I agree.”

Tsar of Earth on February 26, 2014 at 2:24 PM

I’m not buying it. Since when have the dems. abandoned an issue just because it might cost jobs.
Income inequality/class warfare is their bread and butter.

notwantedinN.Y.

jmtham156 on February 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM

When it’s their jobs that might be on the line of course. They pass this now, see the 500,000 jobs lost, and then stand for election in November?

They’re only blasé about other people losing jobs… them losing their jobs is completely different.

gekkobear on February 26, 2014 at 2:36 PM

The Minimum Wage Bill as a 2014 election issue

Among the flaws in the White House’s Minimum Wage campaign meme is Reid’s lack of co-sponsors for the Minimum Wage Bill. It will be fascinating to watch Politico, et. al., spin the Minimum Wage bill as a new and suddenly discovered American top priority in the first place. It will be hard to place the burden of obstructing this heretofore unappreciated American Dream solely on Republicans. Look for an E.J. Dionne column to lead the way in explaining why blaming Republicans makes perfect sense.

In any case, the media will do its best to help :-)

ShadrachSmith on February 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

A situation where Harry Reid has to just blame the Republicans and hope the media continues to cover for him. And they probably will, except for Fox News.

TarheelBen on February 26, 2014 at 2:52 PM

I’m guessing the Dems dropped it when they realized THEY would have to pay their immigrant maids and landscapers more.
Welllll, if the Dems actually ever obeyed their own laws….

dentarthurdent on February 26, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Pretty clever to have his house friends cover his butt by using a discharge petition to try to force a vote in the house. That way when the house refuses to vote or it fails if they do vote then the Republican are all to blame and Reid and the cowardly senators that are up for reelection this year can be safe. I have never seen such dirty politics. This country is doomed if people don’t wake up and see what the people they have elected (from both parties) are doing.

milibertarian on February 26, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Why are republicans always so scared of being blamed for everything? Might it be because it’s working? Side with majority of Americans and watch the blames go away. Period.

i_am_liberal on February 26, 2014 at 11:55 PM

But gee, what about wage inequality? I thought that was the issue of our generation or something.

claudius on February 27, 2014 at 9:02 AM