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He has now done it again on the floor of the Senate.

Using his leadership position on the floor of the United States Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has once again made statements about GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, casting aspersions as to whether the former Massachusetts Governor paid any taxes during a 10 year period. Of course, in the botching of words, many in the media cross the line further by saying that Harry Reid has implied that Romney did not file taxes.

Citing an anonymous source that said “something” to a Bain Capital representative, who, of course, are Obama2012 Campaign fundraisers, Reid’s comments allege that there are improprieties in Romney’s taxes, and that the Governor’s father, the late former Michigan Gov. George Romney would be “embarassed” by his son’s actions. For the record, George Romney, when running for the Presidency in 1968, released 12 years of tax returns.

For the Majority Leader to take to the floor of the Senate, with his leadership role as a backdrop, is politically callous. But to further denegrate Mitt Romney with comments about his late father simply goes beyond the pale.

Attack Romney on his record as the Massachusetts Governor. Take shots at his domestic policy plans or his foreign policy experience (both of which candidate Barack Obama purely lacked in 2008, but which the media glossed over). But to trash Romney with comments about his father and with unsubstantiated claims from unknown sources about his tax returns— as one commentator said today “Senator, have you no SHAME!!”


For the record, it has been reported that Jimmy Carter only released one year of tax returns when running for the Presidency, as did Ronald Reagan, and Sen. John McCain released 2 years of returns in 2008 when running against Barack Obama.

April 4th, 2011 – –

Rogers: Reid’s Refusal to Make Serious Spending Cuts Puts Budget Negotiations in Peril
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to put aside political games and budget gimmicks to come to a final budget agreement that includes real, substantive spending cuts to help put the nation on a more sustainable fiscal path.
The statement by Chairman Rogers follows:
“Leader Reid not only failed to bring any budget work to completion last year, but has also not brought forward any plan this year to complete this long-overdue work. Now, six months into the fiscal year, he is yet again impeding progress on a final budget package.
“My Committee entered into budget negotiations last week in good faith, with a clear purpose of reducing federal spending and finally finishing this funding legislation by working together with the Senate. While we have made some progress – and hope to continue to do so – we cannot and will not falter in our commitment to concrete spending cuts that will start the downward trajectory of federal budgets for years to come. 
“However, Senator Reid is attempting to abuse the budget process and limit the ability of Appropriations negotiators to complete their work – dictating the use of gimmicks and phony accounting to sneak more spending through the Congress and by the American people. It is my sincere hope that Leader Reid will let the will of the American people prevail by allowing negotiators to produce real spending reductions, prevent a government shutdown, and bring this drawn-out saga to an end.”

Lost in the hubbub over President Obama’s State of the Union speech was the quiet death of liberal Democratic hopes to “reform” the Senate filibuster.  Those hopes officially expired at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, as lawmakers prepared the leave the Capitol after the president’s speech, when the Senate adjourned for the first time this year.

For months, some Democrats had been working on a plan to use a parliamentary maneuver called the “nuclear option” to put an end to minority Republicans’ ability to block Democratic initiatives.  Under that scenario, on the first day of its session — and only on the first day — the Senate would be able to change its rules regarding filibusters with a simple majority vote.  Normally, it takes 67 votes to change the Senate’s rules, but on the first day, Democrats believed, they could kill the filibuster with just a 51-vote majority.

Of course, the first day the Senate was in session was January 3.  Most people would assume that such first-day changes, even if they were possible, would have to be made on that day.  But in the Senate, “first day” can be a flexible term.  So when the Senate finished business on January 3, Majority Leader Harry Reid did not adjourn the body, which would have meant the end of the day.  Instead, Reid declared the Senate in recess, which meant that it remained, in technical Senate terms, in its “first day” until whenever Reid chose to call an adjournment.

Through January 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 — through all those days the Senate was in recess and therefore still officially in its “first day.”  That meant liberal Democrats could continue to maneuver and negotiate ways to end the filibuster and, if they could find 51 senators willing to go along with their scheme, take a vote on the Senate’s “first day.”
Read more at the Washington Examiner:

Republicans to Block All Bills Until Tax Cuts Resolved

All 42 Senate Republicans have signed on to a letter expressing the caucus’s intentions to block any legislation until the expiration of current tax rates is addressed.

Full letter:

Dear Leader Reid,

The nation’s unemployment level, stuck near 10 percent, is unacceptable to Americans.  Senate Republicans have been urging Congress to make private-sector job creation a priority all year.  President Obama in his first speech after the November election said “we owe” it to the American people to “focus on those issues that affect their jobs.”  He went on to say that Americans “want jobs to come back faster.”  Our constituents have repeatedly asked us to focus on creating an environment for private-sector job growth; it is time that our constituents’ priorities become the Senate’s priorities.

For that reason, we write to inform you that we will not agree to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to any legislative item until the Senate has acted to fund the government and we have prevented the tax increase that is currently awaiting all American taxpayers.  With little time left in this Congressional session, legislative scheduling should be focused on these critical priorities.  While there are other items that might ultimately be worthy of the Senate’s attention, we cannot agree to prioritize any matters above the critical issues of funding the government and preventing a job-killing tax hike.

Given our struggling economy, preventing the tax increase and providing economic certainty should be our top priority.  Without Congressional action by December 31, all American taxpayers will be hit by an increase in their individual income-tax rates and investment income through the capital gains and dividend rates.  If Congress were to adopt the President’s tax proposal to prevent the tax increase for only some Americans, small businesses would be targeted with a job-killing tax increase at the worst possible time.  Specifically, more than 750,000 small businesses will see a tax increase, which will affect 50 percent of small-business income and nearly 25 percent of the entire workforce.  The death tax rate will also climb from zero percent to 55 percent, which makes it the top concern for America’s small businesses.  Republicans and Democrats agree that small businesses create most new jobs, so we ought to be able to agree that raising taxes on small businesses is the wrong remedy in this economy.  Finally, Congress still needs to act on the “tax extenders” and the alternative minimum tax “patch,” all of which expired on December 31, 2009.

We look forward to continuing to work with you in a constructive manner to keep the government operating and provide the nation’s small businesses with economic certainty that the job-killing tax hike will be prevented.

Congress backstabs POTUS on recess appointments.

 Posted by Moe Lane (Profile)

Thursday, September 30th at 11:00AM EDT


It seems a bit odd that Senate Democrats have agreed to use a rules technicality to prohibit the President from making any recess appointments between now and the election – particularly since Senator Dick Durbin (D, IL) seemed to be suggesting earlier this week that a recess appointment for blocked OMB nominee Jacob Lew would be possible if the hold on his nomination was still active.  None the less, the prohibition is now in effect: and in exchange, the Republicans gave up…


No, really: as near as I can tell, we gave up nothing at all.  All the GOP had to do was threaten to throw some pending nominations back to the White House for resubmission, and the Democrats simply folded like a cheap suit; thus making it impossible for the President to do one of the few things that he can do to mollify his base right now.  This was pretty craven of Reid and his cadre; not that I’m objecting, but I was under the impression that the Democratic party controlled both the legislative and the executive branches of government these days. I mean, I’ll be expecting this gambit maybe next year (or maybe in 2013, or whenever is the next time where the GOP controls Congress but not the White House), but having it happen right now is a bit odd.  Very welcome, but odd.

Moe Lane (Crosspost)

More accurately, CREATING them!

Reid “Kicks OFF” Senate Campaign:

“SEARCHLIGHT — U.S. Sen. Harry Reid launched his re-election campaign Monday with a sentimental send-off from his hometown of Searchlight, cheered on by more than 100 close supporters.”

“I’m not a big poll guy,” Reid said, dismissing surveys with a wave of his hand. “Everyone who knows me knows I have never paid attention to polls. The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day.””

“What about Tea Party conservatives who converged with up to 10,000 people in Searchlight on March 27 in the largest political protest rally in Nevada history with the movement calling for Reid’s defeat?”

“Reid said he understands why some are angry at government and Washington during an economic recession that cost people jobs and sent the home foreclosure rates skyrocketing.”

“But he expressed confusion about what the Tea Party movement wants when its members call for more liberty and freedom and cite the Constitution in denouncing what they see as an expansion of the federal government, including with health care reform.”

“The people who are really upset don’t really know why they’re upset,” Reid said.”

“What do they mean?” Reid said he wonders when they call for more liberty and freedom. “I’m happy to talk about issues.”

“They want things to be the way they used to be,” Reid said. “They will never be the way they used to be.”

Reid said he believes the Tea Party movement of conservatives, who mostly back Republicans, makes up a minority in Nevada and America.

“The vast majority of people don’t feel that way,” Reid said. “The vast majority of people want problems solved and that’s my business, solving problems.”

from RedState:

Drunk with delusion, will the Jonestown Kool-Aid Brigade go for it on ObamaCare? We’ll find out at the end of the week — but we have been hearing that for weeks. No decision, is in fact, a decision.

The endless attempt to revive the dead, by practitioners who believe that one more adrenaline shot, one more “CLEAR!” with the paddles will re-awake ObamaCare to rise and lead the Dems to the zen-like calm of YES WE CAN and HOPE and happy-days-once-again were at one time heroic, and now are unseemly and a little nutty.

But even those with a God-complex can’t raise the dead, or is a zen-like calm really just dead?

Meanwhile in the real-world, the White House pivoted from health care to financial reform and today the New York Times reports this morning that Senator Dodd said — (and the ironies about health care will hit you over the head):

the administration was “getting precariously close” to excessive ambition for the legislation. “I don’t want to be in a position where we end up doing nothing because we tried to do too much,” he said.

For the rest of the article:

     It has been announced that the House Ways and Means Committee, headed by the ethics-plagued Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), is crafting an ObamaCare compromise bill that would enable the Senate to vote using their simple majority reconciliation process.

     However, it appears that there is a countermeasure that can be employed that will frustrate the Reconciliation process:

As it turns out, Senate Democrats may not be able to force healthcare legislation through the chamber on a simple majority vote.

Republicans say they have found a loophole in the budget reconciliation process that could allow them to offer an indefinite number of amendments.

Though it has never been done, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) says he’s prepared to test the Senate’s stamina to block the Democrats from using the process to expedite changes to the healthcare bill.

 Experts on Senate procedural rules, from both parties, note that such a filibuster is possible. While reconciliation rules limit debate to 20 hours, senators lack similiarconstraints on amendments and could conceivably continue offering them until 60 members agree to cut the process off.

For full article:

Are they all DEAF…. this is NOT the legislation, the reform, that the American public wants. Back up, regroup, and start from scratch— that is the message that they are missing!


Mr. President, Special Interest Money Is Mainly Going To Schumer, Reid, Lincoln…The SCOTUS Decision Just Might Balance The Playing Field And You Can’t Have That.This post is in response to Schumer‘s, Obama‘s, and Nader’s call to pass legislation to basically veto today’s SCOTUS’ decision on McCain-Fingold.  Obama made it a point to stress that industries will flood politics with money. 

Plus, look how well the Dems made out by NOT adding TORT Reform to ObamaCare.  I’ll say it again, it has always been about the money and power.