The deadline has come and gone and we’re still here. The President and the Senate has done everything it could to make sure it would happen, claims by them and the media to the contrary.
One fact lost in the Democrat-inspired and media-fueled confusion: The vote is not about passing a budget. It is about passing yet another in a long line of continuing resolutions to keep government funded. There has been no budget passed by Congress, or at least by both chambers of Congress, since April 2009 (and that one was a holdover from the Bush Administration). With one exception, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been the architect of Congress’ failure to do so. (That one exception was when both the House and Senate unanimously voted down the only budget Obama has submitted because it was so overblown, incomprehensible, and deficit-ridden.)
Every budget passed by the House since late-2009 has been stonewalled by Harry Reid. The Senate has not been allowed to vote on any of the budgets passed by the House, even those passed by a Democrat majority House, because Harry Reid would not bring them to the floor for a vote. For Reid to now start pointing his finger at House Republicans for this crisis is an act of hypocrisy that must have Tip O’Neill spinning in his grave. (Yes, I know O’Neill was Speaker of the House, but it still applies.)
Both Congressional Democrats and the President keep insisting the House must compromise, meaning they want the Republicans to capitulate and vote for what the President demands. (As I have stated before, Obama’s definition of compromise is “You Republicans should sit down, shut up, and vote the way I tell you to vote!”) It has become apparent that he is incapable of compromising, incapable of negotiating anything even when it would benefit him and the country to do so.
What I find even more hypocritical is Reid’s rejection of the repeal of the Medical Device Tax as a condition for the House passing the continuing resolution, something Democrats in both the House and Senate have said they want as well. Why not now? I can see a couple of reasons for this.
First, Reid and the Democrats don’t want a repeal of the tax to be seen as a Republican idea (and victory). Second, he doesn’t want to be seen as caving in to Republican demands even though they align with his own party’s view on the Medical Device Tax.
Like either of these reasons is a good one to prevent passage of a continuing resolution that shouldn’t be necessary if Reid actually did his job, followed the Constitution, and allowed the Senate to vote on passage of the many budgets passed by the House.