Are the Democrats actually for anything?
posted at 10:42 pm on May 25, 2011 by Steven Den Beste
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.