Surprise! Harry Reid Is Happy About Conservative Bashing
Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) has been prominent in the news — here, here, and here, for example — in the past couple days for comments made regarding conservative groups with whom he disagrees about the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.
He was apparently not pleased that we released a statement about what our reaction to the budget deal may be if indeed it was comprised of the flawed policies that early reports were indicating it would be. And the early indications proved accurate.
Interestingly, among the folks applauding the Speakers harsh tone toward conservatives is Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 13%. Reid remarked:
I think it was a breath of fresh air as far as I’m concerned. Why are they doing this? What is this supposed to accomplish? It is showing the American people why the [Senate] rules had to be changed.
The “they” Reid is referring to is conservatives concerned about our nation’s $17 trillion debt.
The budget deal struck by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) N/A% and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) 7%, is chock-full of flaws, which Heritage Action’s Jason Yaworske clearly delineates here.
So while no one is omniscient but God, there was nothing wrong with us reacting to what we were hearing about the emerging deal. It does in fact increase spending in the short term, and it’s a “gimmicky, spend-now-cut-later deal” as we predicted.
As the Washington Examiner notes, however, there may be something wrong with Speaker Boehner lashing out at conservatives for making remarks about an emerging budget deal while he breaks his own promise not to rush bills to the floor:
On the one hand, he wants to ram through the budget deal before opposition has time to build – the kind of tactic for which he used to excoriate Democrats. On the other hand, he wants to attack opponents for criticizing the bill before it was released even though they were basing their criticisms on news accounts that turned out to be accurate.
But that type of behavior is not limited to the members of the House.
Invoking the nuclear option was a path he adamantly opposed when the tables were turned and he was the minority leader in 2005. Apparently all his talk of the Founders’ vision of establishing “a government so that no one person – and no single party – could have total control” doesn’t apply in 2013 when he’s the majority leader.
But Sen. Reid’s suggestion that he “had to” change the Senate rules is totally disingenuous.
The truth, as Heritage Foundation legal expert Hans A. von Spakovsky explains is that Sen. Reid and President Obama want to remake the federal courts and appoint federal judges “who share their ideology and disregard for the strictures of the Constitution to bless everything they are doing.”
Thankfully, as Heritage Action’s Tripp Baird points out, there are “a number of parliamentary maneuvers in the Senate rules that would allow the minority to make Reid’s majority pay a heavy price for his elimination of minority rights.”
And thankfully for the American people being crushed by $17 trillion in debt, conservatives inside and outside the beltway will continue to fight destructive liberal policies — regardless of whose feathers we ruffle in the process.