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Reid Lies (Again) About Gov’t Shutdown

From a conflicted Associated Press:

Reid proposes 30-day bill to avert shutdown

By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press Tue Feb 22, 2011

WASHINGTON – The top Democrat in the Senate said Tuesday that he’ll bring legislation to the floor next week to keep the government running at current spending levels for 30 days to avoid a shutdown in March.

The move by Majority Leader Harry Reid is in keeping with longstanding tradition

And never mind that the news media assailed such a move as a cynical trick, when Newt Gingrich offered a stopgap offer in 1995.

[B]ut it was immediately rejected by GOP leaders who assailed the Nevada Democrat for freezing spending at levels inflated by generous budget increases provided under President Barack Obama.

Which also happens to be the plain truth.

A short-term bill is required because the House on Saturday passed a $1.2 trillion omnibus spending bill to finance the government through Sept. 30. That measure would slash domestic agency budgets by more than $60 billion over the last seven months of the budget year, which would lead to widespread furloughs of federal workers and dismantle a host of environmental regulations

The AP says this as if laying off federal workers and dismantling environmental regulations is a bad thing.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, rejected Reid’s proposal… Boehner said, as he did last week, that the House will not pass a stopgap bill, known as a continuing resolution, at existing rates of spending.

"The House will pass a short-term spending bill — one that also cuts spending," Boehner said in a statement. "Senate Democratic leaders are insisting on a status quo that has left us with a mountain of debt."

And wasn’t the New York Times and the rest of our watchdog media chiding the GOP for not fulfilling their campaign promises of deep budget cuts just a few weeks ago? Why aren’t they relieved?

Unless someone budges, a partial government shutdown could occur March 5 for the first time since two partial shutdowns in 1995-1996, including one that spanned three weeks.

Not really. As another Associated Press article admitted yesterday, "the federal government has had more than a dozen "shutdowns" since 1981. Some lasted only hours, and few are remembered."

Indeed, the government shut down as recently as a year ago, from February 8-10, 2010 – due to snow. And yet the country somehow still managed to survive.

Reid warned of dire consequences in the event of an impasse.

"A shutdown could send our fragile economy back into a recession, and mean no Social Security checks for seniors, less funding for border security and no paychecks for our troops," Reid said

As we know by now, Mr. Reid is a pathological liar. None of this is true. Just like it was never true during any of the previous and numerous government shutdowns. – As even the AP is forced to admit:

In fact, Social Security checks would go out as scheduled. Troop pay would be unaffected, as would a host of other government operations, like border protection, law enforcement, air traffic control and food inspection. But applications for passports and visas, national parks and payments to federal contractors would be affected

The horror! The national parks might be affected?

Besides, we thought the media and the rest of the Democrats hated federal contractors.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Reid Lies (Again) About Gov’t Shutdown”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    200,000 new cubicle monkeys since the one’s immaculation. How can getting rid of some (or any) be looked upon as a bad thing? Clearly we are in an era of an epidemic where so many people ( but still a minority) think that big government will solve everything. Have they never been to the DMV? Have they never dealt with the IRS?….anyone?……anyone?……Bueller?

    • proreason says:

      I’m with Rush.

      Isn’t the governments only product, other than defense and protection-related services (and constitutionally specified postal services)…….control. Control of business activitiy and control of personal activity, and rapidally expanding in the latter realm.

      It could not be more diametrically opposed to the vision of the Founding Fathers.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    George Washington is the only president who didn’t blame the previous administration for his troubles. ~Author Unknown

  3. Right of the People says:

    Whew, I got out just in time! I’m glad I am no longer a gubmint worker but a truly productive member of society although the agency I worked for, the Border Patrol, will not be affected.

    Let’s leave the government shut down at least for the next year or so while congress gets their act together and defunds the EPA and a host of other useless agencies. This could be a great thing.

    I blame FDR, Kennedy and Carter myself.

  4. Astravogel says:

    GBJ, what about Jefferson F. Davis?

  5. untrainable says:

    Harry Reid lying his a$$ off isn’t news. I’d be suprised if he didn’t lie every time he opened his mouth. But, is this a real conservative revolution? Does Boehner actually have a spine? Will the right continue to stick to their guns on cuts? Will Gov. Walker stay strong? Will Kasich hold the hard line? Will Snidely Whiplash tie Nell to the tracks? Will Dudley Doright save the day? Or is it all just a Saturday morning cartoon for the masses?

    Tune in Next week, when the Evil Harry, while twirling his proverbial moustache (couldn’t grow a real one), says… “Republicans want to rape and eat your children! We need to raise taxes to stop them!”

    Yeah, yeah, whatever Harry.

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