Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Connected Commerce Council - Biden faces reporters as his agenda teeters Biden hits one-year mark in dire straits 'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act MORE (D-Nev.) is
threatening to keep the 111th Congress, also known as the Congress
that wouldn’t go away, in session until the new Congress is sworn in.
The ultimate party guest who overstays his welcome by refusing to leave after the rest of the revelers have long departed, Reid is threatening to ruin Christmas and New Year’s for those who support limited government through his antics trying to pass legislation that he and his cohorts did not have the courage to bring up prior to the November election.
First and foremost on this agenda is passage of an omnibus spending bill to fund the government through the end of the 2011 fiscal year. The irony of Reid’s insistence on a nine-month continuing resolution is that the Democratic-controlled Congress did not even attempt to pass a budget prior to the past election, because it was too hard politically.
Yet, now that they are freed from the burden of worrying about what the voters think, Reid and friends are insisting on inflicting their spending priorities on the nation that rejected them at the polling places just a month and a half ago.
The price tag of the Reid overreach? $1.1 trillion, an increase of $16 billion over 2010’s grossly inflated budget.
Perhaps Reid did not read the news that Moody’s bond rating service is threatening to lower the credit rating for the United States government within the next two years due to massive deficit spending. After all, Reid’s bill only locks in another trillion-dollar annual deficit, leading us closer to the brink of economic disaster.
Perhaps Reid missed the part of the election where the voters were demanding that the government tighten its belt and cut spending, and is trying to spare those poor, newly elected members from the burden of dealing with the very issue that most of them pledged to tackle.
Perhaps Reid is unaware that his spending priorities, including fully funding the overwhelmingly rejected Obama healthcare law, were roundly rejected nationwide.
Of course, Harry Reid is aware of all of these things and is using the last gasps of Democratic Party control to impose spending priorities sabotaging the ability of newly elected fiscal conservatives to control government spending.
The only hope is that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and the other 41 Republicans are able to hold the fort against Reid’s pork power play while waiting for the Tea Party cavalry to arrive in January.
The inconvenient truth for Reid is that our nation’s leaders no longer have the option of kicking the can down the road on the budget. If Moody’s drops our nation’s credit rating, we will be forced to pay billions more dollars in interest payments to countries that finance our current deficit. Yet Harry Reid would rather pay billions of additional interest to China and others tomorrow to finance his last-gasp spending spree today.
Anyone who has woken up in January buried under credit card debt from a Christmas spending binge knows that the Reid budget, combined with the additional debt from the tax “compromise,” will create a payment hangover that our nation simply cannot afford.
It is time for this drunken party guest to go home. I’ll even volunteer to drive him.