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Title: Harry Reid Claims Republicans Have ‘Decimated’ Federal Government
Source: Free Beacon
URL Source: http://freebeacon.com/politics/harr ... -republicans-decimated-senate/
Published: Apr 26, 2018
Author: Haris Alic
Post Date: 2018-04-26 07:46:55 by IbJensen
Keywords: None
Views: 152
Comments: 7

ormer Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) lambasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and Republicans for having "decimated" balance in the federal government.

Reid, who served as the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate between 2005-2015, compared Republicans in Congress to the "limpest waffle you've ever seen" and claimed they've done "everything they can" to weaken the checks and balances Congress and the judiciary have over the president, according to an interview conducted by NBC's Heidi Przybyla.

"With the Republicans, I’m not mad, I’m just terribly disappointed in what they’ve done to the institution," Reid said. "I believe the federal government has been so harmed, the legislative branch has been decimated, judicial decimated, checks and balances sliding out the door."

The former senator claimed he has remained silent until now so as not to give the opinion that he was frustrated with being locked out of a political environment he had dominated for so long.

"I’ve tried to not jump on the bandwagon [of] sour grapes," he said.

During the interview, Reid also opined on the diminished state of bipartisanship in the era of President Donald Trump. He expressed his belief that the Senate was "irreparably damaged" and was losing its standing as the nation's deliberative body where bipartisanship was the key to legislative success.

Reid failed to take responsibility for any impact he may have had on decimating the Senate's long-held traditions.

In 2013, Reid, then the Senate majority leader, pushed through a controversial rule change that weakened the filibuster in an effort to make it easier for the Obama administration to receive the approval of its nominees. The change reduced the threshold, from 60 votes to 51, executive and judicial nominees had to reach for confirmation. Not helping the matter was the fact that the change was approved on a near-party-line vote, with the entire GOP caucus and three moderate Democrats voting in opposition.

Academics have labeled Reid's action in weakening the filibuster as a prime reason for the increased polarization of the Senate.

Przybyla told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday that she asked Reid about the precedent he set in "blowing up the filibuster."

She said Reid wanted her to "tell everyone" that he did what he did because Democrats "had no choice." In describing Reid's reasoning, Przybyla said "there was an unprecedented blockade of Obama nominees … it was a risk to the presidency."

MSNBC contributor John Podhoretz disagreed with the notion there was anything "unprecedented" about the circumstances.

"That's total nonsense. Every presidency faces a moment in its time in which an election is coming up and all the judicial nominations are held up. That is a thing that happens. It happened in 1991 to George H. W. Bush. It happened– This is what happens," said Podhoretz, editor of Commentary and contributing editor of the Weekly Standard.

"Right," host Joe Scharborough said.

"The notion that there was something that was unprecedented is just astonishingly false," Podhoretz added.


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#1. To: IbJensen (#0)

Title: Harry Reid Claims Republicans Have ‘Decimated’ Federal Government

If only we had actually reduced spending and labor force by 10%...

Instead, we cut taxes and did nothing about the ruinous size of our lard-ass federal government and continued our march toward bankruptcy, perhaps even accelerating that final -- and yet entirely avoidable -- reckoning.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-04-26   8:27:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Tooconservative (#1)

Instead, we cut taxes and did nothing about the ruinous size of our lard-ass federal government and continued our march toward bankruptcy, perhaps even accelerating that final -- and yet entirely avoidable -- reckoning.

Bankruptcy never happens. What happens is inflation. The government prints dollars, and our debt is denominated in dollars. So, we print enough dollars to keep up with the debt, and we never default. The currency inflates and things start to fall apart, but the (federal) government never actually defaults and goes bankrupt.

The ability to print money is, in essence, the government's power to grant itself a jubilee.

If we are going to fix our financial woes at the federal level, we need to give up the empire and reduce military spending by about 75%, and we need to reduce the domestic incarceration rate by about 75% - only violent criminals should be in prison. And we need to reduce the police footprint by about 75%.

The Right will never tolerate that. So the cuts won't happen.

And the Left and Center and part of the Right will never tolerate cutting Social Security or Medicare/Medicaid.

Everything else in the budget is a detail - the military, Social Security and Health Care are the three primary costs. None of them can be cut for political reasons.

Therefore the deficit will continue, and we will continue to increase taxes, and we will continue to print money and issue debt.

We will not, however, ever go bankrupt.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-04-26   8:58:38 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Tooconservative (#1)

We have to lean un-customarily hard on these leaches. Our politicians belong to one party with two heads, rather like a two-headed snake.

Liberals are like Slinkys. They're good for nothing, but somehow they bring a smile to your face as you shove them down the stairs.

IbJensen  posted on  2018-04-26   9:11:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Vicomte13, y'all (#2)

--- the Left and Center and part of the Right will never tolerate cutting Social Security or Medicare/Medicaid.

Everything else in the budget is a detail - the military, Social Security and Health Care are the three primary costs. None of them can be cut for political reasons.

Therefore the deficit will continue, and we will continue to increase taxes, and we will continue to print money and issue debt.

We will not, however, ever go bankrupt

And if our house of cards lasts for just a few more years, --- the rising tide of technological advances in agriculture, medicine, manufacturing, etc, will float capitalism to the point where these socialistic costs are easily covered..

Or maybe not...

tpaine  posted on  2018-04-26   10:59:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: IbJensen (#0)

I certainly hope it was at least decimated, but 10% isn't even a good beginning.
I could cut the budget 30% minimum in 24 hours.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2018-04-26   12:29:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: tpaine (#4)

Well, the future holds guaranteed income without the need for work by most people. Intellectual work, done by the people who enjoy it, will still be necessary, and repairing the machines, but most people won't have to be wage slaves the way we are now.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-04-26   12:57:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Vicomte13 (#6)

---- the future holds guaranteed income without the need for work by most people. Intellectual work, done by the people who enjoy it, will still be necessary, and repairing the machines, but most people won't have to be wage slaves the way we are now.

I'd bet that a fairly low 'social security' type income will be enacted, one where people will still want to do some sort of work in order to live decently.

With the result that real wages for menial type work will rise because of labor scarcity. --- Capitalism works..

tpaine  posted on  2018-04-26   13:20:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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