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Photo: Senate Democrats Not Even Showing Up for Budget Meetings At This Point
Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | Guy Benson

Posted on 04/18/2012 7:21:04 PM PDT by Kaslin

A picture is worth 1,086 words:*
 


 

What you're looking at is a view of today's Senate Budget Committee meeting, at which Chairman Kent Conrad conducted a faux "markup" of his party's FY 2013 budget resolution.  The near side of the table is where Democrats were supposed to sit.  Granted, this entire exercise was somewhat academic because its resulting product would receive neither a vote in this committee, nor in the Senate at large.  Details!  Throughout much of the session, all 11 Republican members were present to, you know, do their jobs.  Of the 12 committee Democrats, no more than 3 or 4 were in attendance at any given time, according to sources inside the meeting.  "[The Democrats] showed absolutely no interest in discussing our big picture problems or offering solutions," a GOP budget aide tells Townhall. "Those who were there showed up only to make a brief statement for the record, then took off.  The photo speaks for itself."  That it does.  In fact, in this particular photo, every single Democrat seat is vacant, except for that of Chairman Conrad.  What to make of this?  On one hand, why bother participating in a total farce?  On the other, these Dems could have at least feigned interest in a requirement of their own public service.  Senate Democrats have effectively renounced all pretense of responsible governance.  They have done so in an attempt to avoid losing their precious majority -- the very purpose of which, I thought, was to govern.  We face a debt crisis that threatens to obliterate the America we know and love, yet an entire American political team has willfully and deliberately decided to eschew productive solutions in favor of sitting on the sidelines and shouting insults at their opponents. 

"Give it a rest, Guy," I can practically hear you saying, "you've been beating this dead horse for months."  Yes.  Guilty as charged.  This is a disgrace, and I'll keep flogging this story every chance I get -- especially as the MSM largely shrugs and offers its preferred party a pass.  Here we have an entire house of Congress intentionally ignoring the law for political gain, as our nation approaches a terrifying solvency rubicon.  Conservatives cannot, and will not, shut up about this.  Parting thoughts:  (1) Since the year 2009, not one single Democrat or Democrat-aligned member of the United States Senate has voted "yes" on any budget.  They've refused to present their own ideas, of course, but they've also unanimously voted down every last alternative, from both Republicans and their own party's president.  Think about that.  (2) Here the Democrats on the upper house's Budget Committee, other than its retiring chairman.  Name 'em and shame 'em:
 

(1) DSCC Chair Patty Murray (D-WA)
(2) Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), who has at least worked with Paul Ryan on a solid Medicare reform plan.
(3) Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), who is in a tough 2012 re-election fight.
(4) Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), who also faces re-election this year.
(5) Sen. Ben Cardin (D- MD)
(6) Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
(7) "Moderate" Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)
(8) Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
(9) "Moderate" Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)
(10) Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)

(11) Last but not least, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who did manage to find the time to blather on behalf of the defeated "Buffett Rule" on the Senate floor this week.  During his speech, Whitehouse all but conceded that the measure serves no practical purpose beyond electoral positioning and "fairness:"


They Said It: Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI): Buffett Tax Won't Lower Unemployment Rate Or Gas Prices

"The Senate Republican Leader has described the bill as yet another proposal from the White House that won't create a single job or lower the price at the pump by a penny. Well, the Minority Leader is absolutely right that the aim of this bill is not to lower the unemployment rate or the price of gasoline."


Party of ideas.


*UPDATE - Apparently today is day 1,085 without a Senate budget, not 1,086.  In other words, as sure as the sun will rise in the east, this statistic will mature into accuracy tomorrow morning.  Also, Politifact would probably rate this post as "pants on fire" false, due to this miscalculation.


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1 posted on 04/18/2012 7:21:09 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

"All the Democrats are at the Congressional brothel.
They imported hookers from Colombia."

2 posted on 04/18/2012 7:23:07 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kaslin

Harry Reid could convert that green table into a craps shoot.


3 posted on 04/18/2012 7:26:23 PM PDT by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: Diogenesis

Nah, they’re still drunk in bathtubs holding wine bottles at the big GSA “conventions.”


4 posted on 04/18/2012 7:55:02 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Kaslin

Any public company that ran a budget process like this would lead to its officers in jail.


5 posted on 04/18/2012 8:06:59 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

As was in the ‘news’ today: sub-human democrats


6 posted on 04/18/2012 10:05:25 PM PDT by Mr Apple
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To: Mr Apple

“As was in the ‘news’ today: sub-human democrats.”

Excuse me, but I think you forgot to include scu*bag in there, somewhere.

Just a respectful suggestion.

Best Regards


7 posted on 04/19/2012 12:56:15 PM PDT by ripley
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To: Mr Apple

“As was in the ‘news’ today: sub-human democrats.”

Excuse me, but I think you forgot to include scu*bag in there, somewhere.

Just a respectful suggestion.

Thanks

Best Regards


8 posted on 04/19/2012 12:56:49 PM PDT by ripley
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To: Kaslin

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/222543-franken-knocks-gop-over-climate-hearing-no-shows

Sen. Franken chides GOP no-shows at hearing on impact of climate change

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) chided Republicans Thursday over their absence from a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the effects of rising sea levels on energy facilities and other infrastructure.

“But ironically there’s an elephant in the room,” Franken said after noting the lack of GOP members. “Climate change is the elephant, and climate change-induced sea level rise is clearly impacting the health and security of our nation. But this is a fact of life that is going unnoticed by too many Americans because science is taking a back seat to politics.”

(snip)


9 posted on 04/19/2012 1:02:37 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

thank goodness we’ve heard from the senate’s preiminent legal scholar.(according to Joe Biteme)


10 posted on 04/19/2012 12:10:05 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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