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Reidís strategy: Herd GOP into corral (Reid despises regular legislative order)
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/reids-strategy-herd-gop-into-corral-before-sequester-87489.html?hp=f2 ^ | 2/11/13 | David Rodgers

Posted on 02/12/2013 6:21:24 AM PST by cotton1706

Washington’s latest budget rumpus is perhaps best understood as a Western in which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plays a Nevada buckaroo ranch foreman charged with driving the House Republicans back to the Oval Office corral for deficit talks with President Barack Obama.

Speaker John Boehner bolted before Christmas and is now threatening to let across-the-board spending cuts go into effect March 1. Reid must cut Boehner off at the pass and steer him back to the president, who left $600 billion in entitlement savings on the table in December.

There’s a bit of serendipity to this script: Reid’s camp says he only fell into his role. But it is timely with Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, and it helps explain the bill being drafted by the Senate Democrats to forestall the March cuts with a mix of new revenues and savings.

Final details have not been released, but the goal is to come up with enough deficit reduction to secure a seven-to-10-month window in which a larger deal with the White House — including entitlement savings and at least corporate tax reform — could be implemented.

To get past March, farm subsidies would be reduced; millionaires taxed under a new 30 percent minimum levy first popularized by billionaire Warren Buffett. And while defense spending would still be cut under the Democratic bill, the reductions are less severe than the across-the-board sequester that threatens to wreak havoc with military operations and readiness.

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Reading Politico is such fun lately. The schemes are so apparent.

Reid does not at all like regular legislative order i.e. House passes a bill sends it to the senate, senate passess a bill then the House and Senate go to Conference to come up with one bill to send to the president.

The House conservatives gave John Boehner his job back and are holding his feet to the fire: NO MORE NEGOTIATING WITH THE PRESIDENT! REGULAR CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER!

Reid hates this. The senate can come up with all the ideas it wants but cannot act on its own. The House would have to pass a revenue bill and send it to the senate for them to be able to act. The senate right now is powerless. Senators can bluster all they want but can do nothing.

The sequester should happen. Its minimal. It's actual spending cuts (really it's reductions in spending increases) and democrats hate any department, agency, bureau, or program to not be increased by their arbitrary figure.

1 posted on 02/12/2013 6:21:27 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

And yet Republicans Senators regularly sell out...they all go to the same cocktail parties.


2 posted on 02/12/2013 6:24:30 AM PST by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: cotton1706
Reid's strategy has always been to keeps Senate Dems off the record as much as possible, particularly on the matters of spending and taxes. That way incumbents can pretend to be whatever they want to be on the campaign trail. Mitch has done a piss poor job of keeping his cats together long enough to use the tools that are at his disposal to get Obie's attention. That is the way to get to Reid. Put the screws tot he Kenyan.
3 posted on 02/12/2013 6:27:45 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: cotton1706
Speaker John Boehner bolted before Christmas and is now threatening to let across-the-board spending cuts go into effect March 1.

NEVER EVER HAPPEN - they don't call the GOP the stupid party for nothing. Reid and Obama have the GOP leadership cornered. The GOP leadership is so scared of the Obama media they will do anything just to be loved, for yet another day.

The reality is they GOP is always going to be hated, so stand up and profess your beliefs and vote against this crap. LET THE SEQUESTER GO INTO EFFECT - IT WILL BE THE RATS FAULT. THEN GET TO THE CLOSEST CAMERA AND MAKE THAT POINT OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER UNTIL THEY REFUSE TO INTERVIEW YOU ANYMORE. The sheeple of this nation only get their tiny amount of information from one source their 19" peep hole into paradise.
4 posted on 02/12/2013 6:53:36 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: cotton1706

Boehners strategy must be working not to negotiate with the idiot.

On CNBC some spokesman for the wh was practically begging for Boehner to negotiate with the idiot.

Let Reid do his job


5 posted on 02/12/2013 7:54:50 AM PST by italianquaker
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To: cotton1706
Reading Politico is such fun lately. The schemes are so apparent.

Their scheme in this one seems to be to pass some kind of Buffett minimum tax for the rich idea.

It's getting late in the game and the Dems and media like Politico seem to be scrambling. Only a couple of weeks left...not much time for them to come up with a demogogue strategy to avoid sequester.

6 posted on 02/12/2013 11:01:05 AM PST by what's up
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