On Christmas Day 2009, Civil Candor posted an article on earmarking after Congress passed an omnibus spending bill laden with thousands of earmarks (see: Merry Christmas, America. Damn, We Must Have Been Good This Year!). One year later, Harry Reid continues to make good on his Founding Fathers remark, as if the survival of our democracy depends on earmarking.
Mitch McConnell likes to play both sides of the fence. Republicans built their midterm election resurgence on promises to cut spending, and by adopting Tea Party demands for Washington to reverse its course. McConnell sounded agreeable, even resolute, when he assented to a non-binding GOP earmark moratorium:
I have to lead first by example.
Pointless hysteria culminated in a foregone conclusion as President Obama signed the contentious tax rate compromise on Friday. Harry Reid has made it clear that there is little time to waste, and quickly segued to the other bills he planned to fast track before party hopes dim in January, including the DREAM Act, which twitched and died on the Senate floor Saturday morning.
The definition of “lie” has two parts. The first part is the creation of a statement that is not true. The second is intent. When one lies, one deliberately intends to deceive; otherwise, there would be no point to the lie.
When Barack Obama established the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, Democratic leaders were eager to share the spotlight. Harry Reid praised his own efforts on behalf of fiscal discipline, noting in a release that “Senator Reid Championed the Establishment of a Bipartisan Commission Aimed at Reducing the Deficit.”1
A more guarded Steny Hoyer gave a nod to the goal of balancing the budget, and included Reid and Nancy Pelosi when he guaranteed that the Commission’s recommendations would be considered:
To return our budget to balance, President Obama is creating a bipartisan fiscal commission.