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Then and Now: Harry Reid on raising the debt ceiling

July 20, 2011

  The debate over the debt ceiling increase is really starting to heat up in Washington; the House passed a “cut, cap, and balance” bill by a large majority, while at the same time the Senate is negotiating a larger spending cut by while introducing almost $1 trillion in tax increases. Meanwhile Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has introduced what he calls a backup plan which would grant Barack Obama the unilateral power to raise the debt ceiling unless vetoed by 2/3 of the House and the Senate; we all know that there is no way both the House and the Senate would override the president’s newly granted authority so this in essence hands the power to the president.

  This will be an interesting couple of weeks heading up to the arbitrary August 2nd deadline imposed by the Obama regime to get a deal done by. It appears as if the Senate proposal is gaining steam and the president has backed this proposal because after all, it does include tax increases, going so far as to back off on his opposition to a short term debt ceiling increase while the deal can be worked out. But it seems highly unlikely that the House will ever fall in line with this plan so in all likelihood the budget impasse will continue.

  I thought it would be interesting at this point to take a look at what Harry Reid said on the Senate floor back in 2006 when President Bush was trying to raise the debt ceiling.

  Raising the debt ceiling to almost $9 trillion, according to Harry Reid, was a bad idea because more debt would not be good for the economy; he also thought it would be unfair for this generation to force future generations to pay for our increased spending, while bemoaning the higher taxes which he felt would be necessary to increase our dependence on foreign borrowing. He asked Republicans to explain this position. He went so far as to claim that any credible economist would tell the people that debt should be decreased, not increased.

  Having heard these words from Harry Reid one would think that he would naturally oppose raising the debt ceiling at all, but you would be wrong; you could also easily come to the conclusion that he would oppose the Senate proposal which would increase the debt ceiling, our dependence on foreign creditors, and increased taxes, out of hand but you would be wrong. While he hasn’t come out in support of the deal he hasn’t ruled it out either.

  The mere fact that he is willing to look at the plan when back in 2006 he was vehemently opposed to ANY deal regarding the raising of the debt ceiling shows us that he is engaged in the same partisan politics that Barack Obama has condemned during these debates. He simply takes sides on an issue based on which party has control of the White House.

  While he once opposed raising the debt ceiling because he claimed it was irresponsible, he has now ordered the Senate to stay in session and work Saturdays and Sundays until a deal is reached because it is so damned important that the United States does not default on her obligations.

  He has joined Barack Obama in the fear-mongering tactics by falsely claiming that the elderly will not receive Social Security checks and claiming that those in the military will not get paid. Harry Reid once quipped that the Republicans had some explaining to do but I would like Harry Reid to explain to the American people why he suddenly supports an effort he opposed just a few short years ago.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2011 8:46 pm

    Good Post! Yep, Harry Reid is engaging in partisan politics. There will be enough money in the coffers to cover payments to both social security recipients and our military. Unfortunately Obama and the Democrats can get away with the fear-mongering and demagoguery because the MSM will help advance that message.


    • July 21, 2011 6:09 am

      So true, the MSM is duplicitous in this hoax, and the people fall right in line when they hear it.


  2. LD Jackson permalink
    July 20, 2011 9:03 pm

    Of course he is singing a different song now. As most of the politicians seem to be doing, he is talking out of both sides of his mouth. For sure, our country is not the better because of it.


    • July 21, 2011 6:10 am

      It is interesting to see how many politicians are taking the opposite side from a few years ago, isn’t it?


  3. July 20, 2011 9:25 pm

    People like Reid, Obama, Pelosi and, many others have principles what so ever. Staying in power is their holy grail.


    • July 21, 2011 6:11 am

      Yes, their one true principle is to do whatever it takes to get re-elected, they put themselves above the country.


  4. July 21, 2011 1:15 am

    Well, you know what he’ll say, that circumstances have changed, we had the meltdown, bla, bla, bla. It’ll be the classic he was against it before he was for it.


    • July 21, 2011 6:12 am

      Very true, he will say the crisis was much worse than anyone realized at the time and so now these drastic measures must be taken.


  5. July 22, 2011 1:49 am

    I have a lot of friends in NV. I keep telling them they need to vote that Dinosaur out. But since most of them work for unions they just can’t. They really think Republicans are out to get them. Whenever I see or hear “Dirty” Harry Reid all I see is Pelosi in drag.



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