The Democrats’ allies in the Praetorian Guard, aka the formerly mainstream media, won’t admit to this phenomenon. They won’t even report it. That won’t prevent real journalists, aka citizen journalists, from saying what’s happening. What’s happening is that Harry Reid is acting like a dictator:
Senate Democrats blocked four resolutions to fund government programs, including paying the National Guard and opening national parks, as Republicans offered the limited measures in an attempt to win the government shutdown fight by financing popular programs and leaving those they oppose untouched.
“Unbelievably, today Senate Democrats went on record to oppose funding for National Guard and Reserve salaries, veterans’ services, lifesaving medicine and cures, and national parks and museums,” Senate Republican Conference chairman John Thune, R-S.D., said in a release following the procedural battle.
“Congress unanimously passed a bill to ensure active-duty military personnel are paid during this lapse in government funding, and it’s unclear why Senate Democrats wouldn’t pass similar measures to fund these important services,” Thune said.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., asked for unanimous consent to pass funding for the Veterans Affairs Department and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, requested unanimous consent to pass a bill funding the national parks and monuments. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., rejected both.
“Senator Reid is countering Republicans’ UC request with a request to pass a clean [continuing resolution] that reopens the entire government,” Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson.
Sen. Reid isn’t willing to negotiate. He isn’t willing to accept anything that isn’t exactly what he wants. Sen. Reid’s position is identical with President Obama’s no-negotiations position, meaning President Obama and Sen. Reid don’t like the Constitution. Specifically, they’ve proven their disrespect for Article I, Sect. 7 which states:
All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.
Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States: If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.
Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.
Clearly, the men that wrote the Constitution placed as much power, if not more, in the hands of the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives ins’t the Senate’s weak sister. The Senate doesn’t dictate what happens in the House.
Apparently, Sen. Reid thinks he’s entitled to dictate terms of the continuing resolution. Obviously, he’s wrong. He can thwart the People’s House, which is broken into districts, not states. Members of the People’s House are elected every 2 years, which forces them to keep in touch with their districts.
If the national media, aka the Agenda Media, was interested in things other than DC echochamber gossip, they’d be covering how pigheaded Sen. Reid has been. Unfortunately, they’ve largely ignored Sen. Reid’s behavior, rather focusing on the alleged pickle Republicans are in.
Here’s a suggestion for the Agenda Media. Focus on whether the things that Republicans are proposing are reasonable. They won’t do that because that might ruin their storyline. It might cast Sen. Reid, not Republicans, in a negative light. That they won’t do.
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