Obstruction is not a bad trait for a congressman. In fact it should be their only trait. The states send representatives to congress to look out for them. That would be to look after the states, not the congressman. They are meant to protect personal liberty and state sovereignty, not negotiate the terms of surrender. So when Harry Reid gets up and howls about Republicans trying to stop the government from railroading its way into whatever the majority in power wants all I can say is keep it up Harry.
Obstruction Rocks! Obstruction is neither new, nor partisan. Without mentioning details democrats did the exact same thing not so long ago, and I must confess with much more success. Back then it was some kind of patriotic imperative, and to be honest it always will be. But even Republicans are not to blame here. Harry is actually just a victim of his own ineptitude.
Both houses have all the democrat votes they need to pass whatever they want. Failing to do so is wholly a product of democrats who object to the Harry, his methods, his leadership, or his agenda, not Republicans who refuse to act like democrats.
I guess you can't buy them all off on every single liberal “wish list” piece of legislation.
To Nancy Pelosi’s credit, she’s done a fine job of corrupting every democrat with any morality left. She get's bills out of the lower House, even if it is a Pyrrhic victory. With soft skulled shills like Hodes and Shea-Porter who can be surprised. But it is worth mentioning, at least in relation to Reid.
Of course every time Nancy passes something she's got the same speech cued up.
"By focusing on our economy, workers, small businesses and veterans, this legislation will put Americans back to work and help build long-term and broadly shared prosperity,"
Saying it over and over won’t make it true, Nancy. And let’s be honest. You could dump out the bathroom waste paper basket on the floor of the house and that herd of braying sheep you tend would pass it on a voice vote without debate. And somehow it would still have 5000 ear makes attached to it.
[[For the record, democrats have allowed 8,939 earmarks into legislation so far this year alone and the defense bill is still outstanding. Place your bets. I’m thinking 14,000 ish myself.]]
As always I digress.
Next, the public overwhelmingly objects to almost everything that’s being successfully blocked and most of what has not been. Double digit department budget increases. Everyone in the government is getting raise after raise. And there are what, 400,000 more federal employees on the taxpayer dole while almost a million people have stopped looking for work? So when Harry, and Nancy ,and the DNC machine, get up and call Republicans the party of No, (like it is a bad thing) I have to wonder if they have their tin-foil-hats screwed on the right way. People hate the legislation and the left sells the right wing as bad for trying to stop what the public wants stopped?
Sometimes the progressive leadership is dumber than even I imagine them to be.
And the dumbness of the "party of no camp" is more infectious than any sky-is-falling-predictions about Swine Flu. Elected democrats are ignoring the people to a degree of peril their leadership cares not one tiny bit about. Pelosi again is better at burning up the careers of her caucus than Reid, but then Senators are a bit more stalwart. Senators have more longevity. But Reid is welcome to stick to the party of No BS, because No is all that stands between us and DMV health care; and No is all that stands between us and a gazillion dollar deficit; and with "No" being more popular with the electorate, "No" is the new Yes.
So keep playing the price is right, Harry. Keep passing your trillion dollar Lovecraftian appropriations bills with 5000 earmarks Nancy, that no elected official has actually read, with raises for federal employees Lard up the defense bill, and sign off on your budget deficit expansion. Next November you won’t have fiscal restraint, you won’t have transparency, no new embryonic stem cell breakthroughs, no new green jobs, you won’t have ethics, no claim to transparency, and you won’t have George Bush. And best of all, you wont have wind beneath my wings Barack “Icharus” Obama.
But you will have a European style stagnating economy, you’ll have your corrupt ties to big green boondoggles, greedy trial lawyers, incompetent bureaucrats, Goldman Sachs, ACORN, the most massive deficit in history (4-6 times larger than that of Evil Bush), and all of Obama’s Czars and poison appointees. Oh, yeah, and you’ll have Barack Obama and Joe Biden. And if you manage to pass some kind of energy or health care bill before then, you’ll have dome something else no one wants from the government.
And Harry thinks he can blame Republicans?
Republicans actually tried to stop it this. They just didn’t have the votes. Their own fault to be honest, but a problem, oddly enough, that Americans seem more than willing to correct.