Friday, July 29, 2011
As House Speaker John Boehner struggled unsuccessfully to pull together votes for his economic bill last night (postponing any vote until today at the earliest), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made it very clear that the GOP's last-ditch effort to save the country from possible economic default would come to nothing. "Boehner's bill dies tonight," said Harry, while cackling and rubbing his grubby little mitts together.
Amazingly, Reid was able to make this pronouncement despite not having read what is in Boehner's bill...although we suppose if the democrats can routinely vote in favor of bills without reading them, there's no reason to believe they'd bother to read the ones they already know they're against thanks to their awesome psychic powers.
And just why are the democrats and Barack Obama so opposed to Boehner's bill, after they've described the potentially devastating effects of not passing something? (For instance, Nancy Pelosi says that the debt ceiling must be raised to "save life on this planet as we know it," although in fairness she may not realize that the planet she's currently on is Earth).
Harry Reid says that he's against the Boehner plan because he doesn't want to be "back in this untenable situation a few months from now." When, presumably, he'll be much too busy not reading more potential legislation. Not to mention his need to attend the Cowboy Poetry festival.
Meanwhile, the Whitehouse says the reason that Boehner's temporary funding measure isn't acceptable is because the next round of negotiations would come late in the year and spoil Christmas... although they didn't actually say "Christmas," preferring to use the more politically correct term "holidays" which includes Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Obama family's "Death to Israel" feast. But no question, talking about saving the economy would really put a damper on the holiday fun, as well as cutting into the president's precious fundraising time.
Of course, the biggest obstacle to Boehner's bill (in the House, anyway) is actually the Tea Party conservatives who want no part of raising the debt ceiling now in return for promises of spending cuts later. And who can blame them? We've all seen this game played out innumerable times and the promised spending cuts never materialize. Moreover, the Tea Party types realize that with Harry Reid and Barack Obama promising to scuttle the Boehner bill, a vote to pass it is really an act of pure political gamesmanship...and they're rightly sick of Washington's games.
And so the flood waters are rising rapidly and, like our little beaver friend in the cartoon above, there's not much we can do now but wait...and continue to dam to the best of our abilities.
Dam Harry Reid, dam Barack Obama, and dam every other free-spending politician who has left this country drowning in their debts.