Mitch McConnell offered to hold a vote on Barack Obama’s fiscal cliff proposal but Harry Reid blocked it
I promised myself and my readers that I was not going to cover the fiscal cliff debate because I am frankly tired of having to go through this every few months, neither side is really serious about this issue, but something happened today which I found interesting so I am going to spend just a few short minutes to write about it.
Last week [Treasury] Secretary [Timothy] Geithner brought up a proposal that was so unserious,” McConnell said on the floor, “I would like to see if my Democratic friends would like to support it
As my regular readers might already know, I am opposed to any amendments which are added to legislation which is irrelevant to the original legislation, as this is, but this happens all the time and it is done by both parties when they want to pass legislation which would never pass when voted on by itself so I found Harry Reid’s reaction to this proposal, which would give Barack Obama everything he wanted, to be quite interesting indeed. Harry Reid blocked it.
The purpose of this bill is to protect American jobs,” Reid said. “Are we going to get serious here and legislate or is this more of the political stunts that the Republican leader is going to pull today?
Harry Reid is right about one thing, this is a political stunt, but suddenly he is opposed to amendments which have nothing to do with the original legislation? If he had always held this view the 100 watt light bulb wouldn’t have been banned.
So the question is, why wouldn’t Harry Reid allow the Democrats to vote on a proposal issued from the president? I think this leads credence to the theory that not only are the Democrats willing to go over the fiscal cliff but they want to.