The irresponsible leader of the irresponsible Democrat majority in the US Senate:
James Sherk clarifies:
Senator Reid is not just mistaken; he has his facts exactly backwards. If the recession has barely touched one sector of the economy, it is government. Since the recession began in December 2007 the private sector shed 6.3 million net jobs, while government payrolls are down by just 392,000.
That amounts to a 5.4 percent drop in private sector employment, while government employment has slipped only one-third as much (1.8 percent). Education-related government jobs have fallen even less, down 1.4 percent.
The majority of the American unemployed, those not employed by the public sector, will be glad to know that their Senate leaders are completely clueless about what’s going on in the real world.
A reminder of what happens when Democrats have control:
Payrolls decreased in 28 U.S. states and the unemployment rate climbed in 21, showing most parts of the world’s largest economy took part in the November labor- market setback.
North Carolina led the nation with 12,500 job cuts last month, followed by Massachusetts with 8,600 dismissals, and Ohio with 7,800, figures from the Labor Department showed today in Washington. Joblessness increased most in Georgia and Idaho, while workers in Nevada faced the highest rate in the country at 14.3 percent.
The report is consistent with figures on Dec. 3 that showed unemployment increased last month for the first time since August. The Federal Reserve’s pledge to buy an additional $600 billion of Treasuries by June and the $858 billion bill passed by Congress extending all Bush-era tax cuts for two years may help boost growth and cut unemployment.
Let’s keep in mind that the Pelosi/Reid Democrats have controlled Congress for the better part of four years. And let’s not forget that tax-cuts for the middle class was bitterly held back in the name of Democratic class-warfare. These facts need to be remembered and screamed from the rooftops by every so-called conservative Republican over the next two years. How many
conservatives Republicans will be willing to do that on our side?
Senate Democrats have filed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through fiscal year 2011, according to Senate GOP sources.
The 1,924-page bill includes funding to implement the sweeping healthcare reform bill Congress passed earlier this year as well as additional funds for Internal Revenue Service agents, according to a senior GOP aide familiar with the legislation.
The package drew a swift rebuke from Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.
“The attempt by Democrat leadership to rush through a nearly 2,000-page spending bill in the final days of the lame-duck session ignores the clear will expressed by the voters this past election,” Thune said in a statement. “This bill is loaded up with pork projects and should not get a vote. Congress should listen to the American people and stop this reckless spending.”
Just a complete and utter disregard for the will of American
Oh, and did I mention they’re Democrats? By that I mean, there are Republicans in the mix too:
Despite strong opposition from Thune and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), several Senate Republicans are considering voting for the bill.
“That’s my intention,” said retiring Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) when asked if he would support the package.
Bennett said earmarks in the bill might give some of his GOP colleagues reason to hesitate but wouldn’t affect his vote.
“It will be tough for some, but not for me,” he said.
GOP Sens. Kit Bond (Mo.), George Voinovich (Ohio) and Susan Collins (Maine) also told The Hill on Tuesday they would consider voting for the omnibus but want to review it before making a final decision.
Hey Senator Bennett, don’t let the cloakroom door kick you in the backside on the way out. Did I mention that these people are all a bunch of lying, sanctimonious douchebags?
Senator McConnell says he’s trying to stop this insanity:
“I think there are many Senate members who have provisions in it for their states who are also actively working to defeat it. This bill should not go forward,” he said. “And regardless of whether members had some input in the bill much earlier in the year when the bills could have been moved to the floor bill by bill by bill, it is completely and totally inappropriate to wrap all of this up into a 2,000-page bill and try to pass it the week before Christmas.”
“It’s completely inappropriate. I’m vigorously in opposition to it. And most of the members of the [Appropriations] committee are as well,” McConnell added.
For some reason, Mitch McConnell vowing to stop the bill from coming to a vote doesn’t fill me with any sense of confidence whatsoever.
If you’re looking for reasons why the American people are sick of politicians and don’t particularly care about the political process in this country, this whole episode is a prime example of one.
I get e-mail from the Central Committee New Jersey branch of the OFA:
It seems like not too long ago–two years to be exact–that all the left and the Obama campaign were willing to talk about was how energized and ready the electorate was to go out and vote for Hope and Change.
In 2010, on the eve of the President’s first midterm cycle, enthusiasm is so overrated. Can you blame them?
Early voting has started and results are starting to trickle in, and that enthusiasm gap that the OFA wants Obamabots to ignore is alive and well–for Republicans.
Democrats are bracing for a political bloodbath in Ohio. Perhaps no state has swung more dramatically away from the Democratic Party over the past two years.
John Kasich, former chairman of the House Budget Committee and Republican candidate for governor, is feeling confident about his chances of victory in November, and a poll out today from Quinnipiac University might be a good indication why: Kasich leads Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, 51 percent to 41 percent, with just 7 percent of Ohio voters undecided.
In Cuyahoga County, where tens of thousands of ballots have already arrived and are being sorted, an undeniable enthusiasm gap is emerging. According to the county board of elections, Republicans are voting at twice the rate they did in 2008.
Early-voting numbers out of Nevada’s two biggest counties could spell trouble for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in his tough contest against Republican Sharron Angle.
In Reno’s Washoe County and Las Vegas’s Clark County, Republican turnout was disproportionately high over the first three voting days, according to local election officials.
The disproportionate turnout is a concrete indication of the Republican enthusiasm that is expected to portend a nationwide GOP wave.
These indicators are enough to get any conservative excited, as they should. But now is not the time to get complacent and content–keep your foot on the gas and GOTV! Heed the words of Stacy McCain:
Wherever you are, and whichever candidate you support, your duty now is to do all you can for the next two weeks.
We’ve got the dreaded enthusiasm. Let’s turn it into action and results!
Former Nevada state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) raised an eye-popping $14 million between July 1 and Sept. 30 for her challenge to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D), a stunning number that far eclipses the cash-collection totals of other prominent candidates seeking Senate seats next month.
“Sharron Angle produced one of the most successful single quarters of fundraising in the nation’s history for a U.S. Senate campaign,” said Angle communications director Jarrod Agen. “This is a testament to the hatred of Harry Reid, the nation’s disapproval of President Obama, and the unprecedented grassroots support for Sharron Angle.”
Ninety four percent of the money raised in the third quarter by Angle came in the form of donation of $100 or less. Ninety six percent of the contributions were $200 or less.
Small individual donors, grassroots support and getting around the Republican establishment in DC. That’s what it’s all about for Republican candidates in this cycle. The left, of course, calls it pandering to the “crazies”.
But when half-term Senator Barack Obama raises money from small donors and gets grassroots support from the moonbats, it’s called unprecedented “hope and change.”
From the party that desperately tried to save “Ted Kennedy’s seat” last January, we now have this.
Chris Coons, pandering to the lemmings at Daily Kos, writes that the people of Delaware need to wake up and smell the tea:
Make no mistake – Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint, Michelle Bachmann, and the Tea Party Express will invest to make sure O’Donnell joins them in Washington.
We cannot let that happen.
We cannot let Joe Biden’s seat fall into ultraconservative hands – into the grasp of a candidate who is out of touch with Delaware and the challenges Americans face every day. [Emphasis added]
What a bunch of arrogant, self-righteous babies.
Here’s a clue Democrats–the seat’s no longer Joe Biden’s seat. In fact, it never was Joe Biden’s seat. As hokey as it sounds, the “seat” belongs to the people of Delaware, to elect to it whomever they see f it.
If anything should rile up the people of Delaware to consider voting for O’Donnell, it’s nonsense like this. The arrogance and the sense of entitlement. I guess its part of what pissed off the voters in Massachusetts when they voted for Scott Brown as well.
O’Donnell wants the Senate seat because she’s hoping to bring some real change to Washington.
Coons just want to…er, keep Biden’s seat. Out of spite.
Have fun with that.
UPDATE. Just a thought. If Chris Coons is Harry Reid’s pet, then doesn’t that make it Harry Reid’s seat?
By way of Harry Reid, my advice is to please use the following in an advertisement of some sort:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday predicted to The Hill that Democratic Senate candidate Chris Coons will safely win the Nov. 2 general election against GOP nominee Christine O’Donnell.
“I’m going to be very honest with you — Chris Coons, everybody knows him in the Democratic caucus. He’s my pet. He’s my favorite candidate,” Reid said.
I told him that and I tried to get him to run. I’m glad he’s running. I just think the world of him. He’s my pet.“
This is pathetic. If I was Coons, I’d feel a bit disgusted after hearing that. Seriously, his “pet”? What a strange comment.
Despite a bitter primary, the general election in Delaware will be about how Democrats have been leading this country down the wrong path for the better part of four years, and how more Republicans in Congress
should will rectify that problem.
Most incumbent Democrats are running scared from being associated with the Obama/Reid/Pelosi junta this fall. In one statement, Reid has essentially tied himself to Coons.
It would probably make sense for the O’Donnell campaign to drive this point during the next six weeks. Just a thought.
Despite being Senate majority leader for the better part of the last four years, and having a majority in the other chamber, and with a Democrat in the White House for 20 months, the economy has nothing to do with Harry Reid:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, facing a tough re-election bid in one of the states hardest hit by the recession, said today that the economic downturn was not his fault.
“I had nothing to do with the massive foreclosures here,” Reid said during an appearance on the ABC News/Washington Post “Top Line” program, adding that he also had no part in contributing to the state’s dismal unemployment figures.
At 14.3 percent, Nevada’s unemployment rate ranks the highest in the country. The Silver State has also been hit hard by foreclosure and bankruptcy; an Associated Press analysis found that Nevada is the most economically stressed state in the nation.
Instead, Reid argued, he worked against many of the policies enacted during the administration of George W. Bush that were to blame for the economic crisis.
“I don’t have any hand in what took place during the Bush administration. I tried to rein that in,” Reid said.
Reid is certainly a piece of work. A piece of slime of the largest magnitude.
I’m not sure how the Senate race in Nevada will turn out this November. Certainly Sharron Angle has her work cut out for her, and little would be greater than for Republicans to knock the current Democratic majority leader off of his perch.
The people of Nevada need to do some serious thinking here. Voting Harry Reid in for another term, with his current track record of hubris and complete disregard for the will of the people, would get Nevadans exactly what they deserve.
Democrats will be hard pressed to find a positive spin on this:
Sen. Harry Reid and Sharron Angle are locked in a dead heat, says a new poll for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and KLAS-TV, Channel 8 that shows the GOP challenger regaining ground after going on the offensive with a TV ad blaming Reid for Nevada’s deep economic troubles.
The high-profile contest with implications for President Barack Obama’s agenda promises to be a bare-knuckled fight to the finish as voters decide between Reid’s promise that the recovery is coming under Democrats and Angle’s call for a new conservative fiscal direction, analysts said.
The new survey by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research shows Reid and Angle neck and neck. The Senate majority leader would win 43 percent and Angle 42 percent of support from likely Nevada voters if the election were held now. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points on the statewide telephone survey of 625 registered voters taken Monday through Wednesday.
A July 12-14 Mason-Dixon poll showed Reid 7 points ahead of Angle, 44-37. It was the best showing for the four-term incumbent — and the worst for Angle — in a head-to-head matchup, according to a series of surveys for the Review-Journal since last year.
That Reid cannot get over that 50% mark as an incumbent, not to mention Senate majority leader, is really bad news for Democrats, and good news for the people of Nevada.
The Angle campaign needs to go on the offensive and establish the narrative of the midterm elections this campaign–it’s all about the economy:
Since the last poll, Nevada’s record high unemployment jumped to 14.2 percent, something Angle highlights in her first general election ad that notes it was 4.4 percent when Reid became Senate majority leader five years ago. The state also has record high bankruptcy and home foreclosure rates with one in every 15 homes in vote-rich Las Vegas in foreclosure.
Despite Reid’s efforts, a vast majority of Nevada voters remain unhappy with Democratic leaders and the direction of the country, the poll shows, which hurts his chances of winning come Nov. 2.
Six out of 10 voters think the country is on the wrong track, while more than half disapprove of the job Obama is doing. Four out of 10 think his actions to stabilize the economy are hurting, while three in 10 believe they are improving things.
The Angle campaign needs to drive home the point that Reid and the Democrats are bad news for their economic health.
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) said Thursday that he flipped his vote on the financial regulatory overhaul because of assurances he received from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
Brown on Wednesday voted against cloture to move to a final vote on the bill, saying that he had reservations with the flawed bill. The motion failed, which upset Reid.
But on Thursday, Brown said he received enough guarantees from Reid to feel confident about crossing the aisle.
“I supported moving the financial bill forward today because I received assurances from Senator Reid and his leadership team that the issues related to Massachusetts in the financial reform bill will be fixed before it is signed into law,” he said in a statement. “We are still working to ensure these commitments are fulfilled prior to a final vote.”
You just have to laugh. Maybe it’s just the greenness of being a first term senator, but seriously man….Harry Reid?
The consensus on FinReg seems to be that it’s a toothless “reform” bill, a bill passed just so Democrats and the President can say they “did something” on reforming the financial industry while campaigning for the midterms.
But the merits of the bill notwithstanding……Harry Reid? You took “assurances” from Harry Reid? Maybe it’s just that he’s a rookie senator. Or maybe he’s trying to flex his bipartisanship muscles for the constituents back in the Massachussets. I can’t tell for sure.
But I do know that taking any sort of promise from Harry Reid will not end very well.
UPDATE. It’s getting clearer now:
So why did Brown buckle, after voting to uphold the filibuster on Wednesday?
For starters, he received 3,000 phone calls to his office over the last week, all of them by supporters of Organizing for America, the apparatus that sprung out of President Obama’s campaign for the White House that is now housed inside the Democratic National Committee.
Brown received around 900 calls on Thursday alone, a DNC source said.
Then there is guilt. Reid all but called Brown out by name on Wednesday when he said that the Senate did not move forward on a procedural vote to end debate and overcome the filibuster because a senator had “broken his word.”
So Senator Brown, who campaigned as a rebel-in-a-blue-state type, hero of the resurgent conservative movement, who promised he would stand up to the statist agenda of the Democratic majority in Washington, is easily led around by the nose by said Democratic party. Lovely.
As I noted in the original post, perhaps this is to be expected from a Republican from the Bay State.
Allahpundit ponders the same, which leads to an interesting, if not unwelcome, question:
The left knew they could make things uncomfortable for him in Massachusetts if he didn’t cave, so they turned the screws — and he caved. Which, admittedly, was fully expected after the first filibuster, but is no less depressing for having been predictable.
Exit question: Forgivable offense for a blue-state Republican worried about reelection or primary-worthy sin that’ll have Red State pounding the table tomorrow?
This is the last thing the Republicans need right now.