When Nancy Pelosi derided the Fiscal Commission’s suggestions as “unacceptable” (see: Fiscal Commission’s Bitter Pill Outs Lawmakers’ Intentions), her more reserved colleagues must have mouthed silent thanks for saying what everyone on Capitol Hill was thinking. If behavior is any indication of intent, the lists of earmarks in the proposed 2011 Omnibus Spending Bill, and the legislative agenda for the past several months, show how sincere our leaders are about spending cuts.
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.
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.”