Senator Reid: "The Issue is Ideology, Not Numbers"

A solemn and crestfallen Harry Reid took to the Senate floor today to express his dismay at what now looms as inevitable, a government shutdown.

"The numbers are basically there but I am not near as optimistic—and that’s an understatement—as I was 11 hours ago,” said the Senate Majority Leader from Nevada in an eloquent yet understated Senate floor speech on Thursday morning. On the chances of a government shutdown, Reid said, “It looks like it’s headed in that direction.”

If the numbers are there, then what is preventing a deal that would avert a costly and unnecessary disruption of government services? Well according to Senator Reid, Republicans tied to the Tea Party movement are insisting on attaching riders targeting abortion and clean air regulations that should be dealt with in regular legislation.

"It's not realistic to shut down the government on a debate dealing with abortion," Reid went on to say. "It's not fair to the American people."

Steve Benen of the Washington Monthly writes:

Republicans want to cut off Planned Parenthood and gut the Clean Air Act, but instead of pursuing legislation to achieve their goals, they're insisting that this be part of the budget. Democrats can't go along with this nonsense, and John Boehner is too weak a Speaker to tell his caucus to act like grown-ups, so the entire process is unraveling.

This has led to talk about the GOP shutting down the government over abortion, but even that's not quite right -- Planned Parenthood is already prohibited from using public funds to terminate pregnancies, and has been for many years. What we're talking about here is Republicans shutting down the government over access to contraception and family planning services.

This is the basis for the GOP hostage strategy.

One is simply dumbstruck at the radicalism of today's GOP and I cannot help but to ask how can the country endure in the face of an ever-widening cultural and ideological chasm? The worldview to which much of the GOP subscribes is one that we as a nation thought we had long put behind us but they want to repeal the twentieth century and they don't mind destroying the country in the process. If that doesn't worry and anger you, then nothing will.

Tags: Senator Harry Reid, Government Shutdown, Planned Parenthood (all tags)



Most Telling and Tragic

Mr. Lemos has most cogently summarized the sorry state of our nation. 

Yesterday evening, Rachel Maddow brilliantly encapsulated the true motives of the Radical Right as they systematically begin again the dismantling of the social legislation of the New Deal inaugurated (before being forestalled) under the administration of the original corporate media pawn, Ronald Reagan. 

Indeed, the efforts of Midwestern GOP Governors have been directed toward crippling their union opposition in their ability to deliver votes toward progressive causes by virtue of their army of volunteers and organizers.

But what has truly occurred, measured by the extreme displeasure of the electorate in Wisconsin on Tuesday, and spreadingrapidly throughout the Midwest and beyond, is the first counter volley by the maligned and attacked union labor force toward a second American Civil War.

The GOP Congress and State governors and legislators, nominally in the throes of the Tea Party but truly no more than the pawns of those who hunger for unchecked corporate control of the masses here and abroad, had already fired the opening salvo.  Indeed, that launch was sent forth by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in consort with his fellow extreme Right-Wing Midwestern State Governors in their unabashed efforts to destroy collective bargaining.

But it has been fostered by their minions in the corporate media who draw the larger public's attention away towards the sideshow of a prospective federal government shutdown, weighing in on the nonsense of which side prevails politically, when in fact all that remains to keep the United States a civilized nation is a still fair-minded Chief Executive and Senate, inasmuch as the House of Representatives was long ago subsumed by the most egregious elements of corporate subjugation.

What is truly underway now is indeed the second American Civil War: a war of the classes and of their respective core beliefs.  And there can be no going back.  Since all empires fall when the welfare of the masses are disregarded in favor of the interests of the elite few, ours is now the last world empire that finds itself in such an internal struggle before it too becomes swept away into the dust-bin of history.

When neither the redress by the political process nor by way of the "appeal to the better angels of our nature" is sufficient any more, then is it any wonder that those laboring masses seek instead a violent overthrow of those corporate elites who would subjugate their own general welfare?

Of course these elites cannot fathom that their own existence is in jeopardy when they systematically dole out mass human suffering to further feed the insatiable appetite of unchecked corporate greed.  There are those perspicacious minds who believe that before the American Empire falls, it will be in fact those corporate elites who fired those first salvos who will also be the first to be vanquished.  But whomever first perishes, we may rest assured that the second American Civil War is now fully underway.

Here's to hoping that the progressive forces and those "better angels of our nature" can overcome the daunting obstacles before them and prevail for the hope of the American Democracy and the larger world.

by lambros 2011-04-07 07:56PM | 1 recs
RE: Most Telling and Tragic

Yes, those radical rascally republican want to actually cut the federal budget by a whopping 2 percent! Oh my , no more cowboy poetry.....what will we do.


Wake up nimrod, we are facing a financial crisis and the only ones who wont face up to it and do something about it are the idiot liberals and socialists.......

by BuckeyeBlogger 2011-04-07 09:48PM | 1 recs


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