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Are the Democrats actually for anything?

posted at 10:42 pm on May 25, 2011 by

Today was a circus in the Senate. The Ryan budget was voted down, 40-57. The Obama budget in turn was voted down unanimously. Andrew Stiles reports that someone in the Senate gallery said, “Are Democrats actually for anything?”

Yes. The Democrats are for raising taxes. And they like the current situation, because bills to raise revenue must originate in the House, which means that the Democrats would be able to blame it on the Republicans.

Harry Reid thinks that if he goes limp, eventually the Republicans will capitulate and agree to revenue increases as the solution to the budget crisis. But he’s playing a losing hand. The joker in the deck is the debt ceiling.

If the Republicans have the intestinal fortitude to do so, they can attach drastic spending reductions to any and every bill to increase the debt ceiling, and refuse to remove them in conference committee. And then we get to see what kind of intestinal fortitude Harry Reid has got.

So the real wager Harry Reid is making is that the Republicans don’t have the intestinal fortitude to push it to the limit — and I fear he may well be right.

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If it was just the party leadership, I’d probably agree. Given that there are a few dozen freshman Congressmen who have to face the voters in a little over a year (primaries), and how many rank-and-file Republicans are still displeased with the party leadership, I wouldn’t rule out the GOP sticking to their guns on this.

Blacksmith on May 26, 2011 at 12:29 AM

Actually, the GOP doesn’t have to do a thing. If the Dems don’t stop screwing around and get busy on the debt ceiling, there are going to be some major league spending reductions, whether they want them or not. And I’m not sure that even the NY TASS could absolve Harry Reid of the blame.

DocinPA on May 27, 2011 at 9:31 AM

its more like coming up empty when putting up the question, What is one good thing about the Democrats?

mdetlh on May 28, 2011 at 10:48 PM