Skip to comments.Harry Reid blames tea party for lack of fiscal cliff deal
Posted on 12/04/2012 5:16:37 PM PST by Sub-DriverEdited on 12/04/2012 5:33:48 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday blamed the tea party for both the lack of a deal on the fiscal cliff and the failure of the Senate to ratify a United Nations treaty on the rights of the disabled.
Speaking to reporters, the Senates top Democrat suggested that Speaker of the House John Boehner was unable to strike a deal with the White House to avert the fiscal cliff because the tea party members of his caucus would penalize him for it, potentially by taking away his speakership in the next session.
I sympathize with John Boehner, Reid said. The tea party has a firm grip on the Republican Party. This vocal minority contingent exerts tremendous influence over him and Republicans in the House and in the Senate.
Yesterday, Speaker Boehner put forward a plan that for the first time put a revenue number on paper, Reid went on. The proposal is not nearly enough to restore fiscal responsibility, and it would hurt middle-class families; yet its apparently enough to make the tea party scream bloody murder.
Boehner has taken quite a bit of flak from the more conservative wing of his party after releasing a proposal to avert the fiscal cliff on Monday. President Barack Obama rejected the proposal, leaving talks stalled. (RELATED Paul Ryan on fiscal cliff: Were nowhere. Were farther than where we started)
Is there a grown up anywhere in government?
Look in the mirror, dumbass
you calling me a dumbass?
Shows how clueless dingy is - the conservatives (TEA partiers) have been locked out of any participation by boehner.
And when are Republicans going to turn this around and start blaming ‘rats for the lack of progress, for holding the middle class “tax cut” hostage because of their obsession with their redistribute the wealth/tax the rich ideology, for threatening to throw the country back into recession rather than cmpromising - when oh when are they going to stop running around with big “Kick Me” signs on their backs.......
Harriet Ried is a vagina.
The Fiscal Cliff is the Democrats making, the taxes are a patch on the leaky boat. Harry and his cohorts are the loose cannons running around with shotguns blowing holes in the boat bottom. The deal is to buy them more shotgun shells.
I got an idea, how about a budget? Stay within the budget like any burger joint manager is able to do and you don’t have a fiscal cliff.
But it is so much easier for the Psycopaths to blame the doctors, they always do...
Tea party has been too damn civil and nice. The only way to deal with these scurrelous traitors and thieves is the way Egyptians deal with Morsi.
Darn, I thought the Tea Party was dead!
Perhaps when there is no money left to steal, till then the GOPe is in bed with the Democrats. It's Lobster and Caviar, till the well runs dry...
Harry... How many years without a budget from the Senate?
In other news rational people blame the socialists of both parties.
Hey Reid - Do you really think a smaller increase is actually a reduction in spending?
After the election I thought at least we have the house, if they can stand firm. So now we have boehner punishing Conservative Congressmen. I wish my Congressman was Conservative enough to be punished.
Nice of Harry Reid to notice our existence!
We noticed Harry Reid several years ago.
If we have our way, Harry and his “friends” will learn via direct experience what happens when there is no more money to pay his salary, and what he undoubtedly expects his pension to include.
Sadly, federal prisons are much nicer than any state or county detention facilities, for now.
I sent a fax to Congressman Allen West’s office suggesting he start and lead a foundation to study and cure voter fraud in the United States. I think he would be perfect for the task. Hope others will join me in asking him to keep involved.
There is an all-out assault to get our money. ALL the Tea Party is demanding is “We are taxed enough”.
That is not good enough for the Dems and liberal republicnas. They all want our money.
I’m thinking about intentionally not earning enough money son that they can’t get enough taxes. That will show them.
But before you do, tell all of us who Harry Ried is.
Just for S&Gs.
If the Tea Party gets its act together to become an actual political party, I will offer them my free services as a Texas Election law expert and will make myself an expert on every state’s election law so I can help them along.
I don’t do this lightly because it will take over my life to go through every state’s election law, but it will be worth it in the end if we manage to save this country for our children/grandchildren by electing a conservative President some day if the country doesn’t collapse before then. (That sentence is a run on sentence and I don’t care.)
I was talking to Harry
....it’s all the fault of people with no control or sway anywhere....
Interesting that he and Boehner have a common enemy in the Tea Party and Conservatives.
I blame Harry Reid for his penchant for sniffing bicycle seats, and eating fresh water rock snails by the handful, which gives him voluminous, odoriferous and painful flatulence.
You may recall that there were a certain contingent of conservatives who were so disenchanted with the slim pickings for prez that they espoused a “quick-death” approach wherein we sit out the election and let the ‘rats win preferring to end it now rather than letting it linger (and torturing us all in the process). I understood the sentiment even if I couldn’t willingly go along with it.
It looks like that is what we got anyway.
(Enjoy the ride - it’s all downhill from here)
A##clown Ried is wrong! the GOP is doing a fine job of neutering the teaparty people in thier own house. After the 2012 election they woke these a##hats up more than the rats. Jim Demint was on Levin tonight and said he and the rest of them have been excluded from fiscal talks with boner and his a##lickers who are makeing deals behind closed doors. The American people are truley on thier own. The rats and the Piubs are negotiating our downfall and thier place in the hierarchy. The question is will we have enough rope
Correction 2010 elections
Heck, he's the one that stole the Senate Budget process from everyone!!!
Marcella, if we don’t start fighting fire with fire in the language used over and over against us, conservatives, the Tea Party, all ANGLOS, Republicans, the religious, then we are not showing up for the fight. They are firing a canon and we bring a fork.
The divide-and-conquer scheme requires propaganda, language use, name calling, and a microphone (media) in order to marginalize, mock and eventually kill the opposition.
Add drugs into a country and you can be Rwanda, where one million were systematically slaughtered. 48 hours after their president was killed in a plane crash, the border closed and genocide began.
It all started with propaganda (radio) and dividing the people into two tribes the short and the tall, which became the Hutu and Tutsis.
That language is going on here, unchecked. Racism is baited daily.
Our response? Crickets.
That's why I think the Tea Party will have to step up and organize as a bona fide political party and maybe in five/ten years a conservative could be elected President.
Back to your point, the Tea Party would have to make their case to all people from all walks of life. People like Boehner will never approach others below what he thinks is his “station” in life.
And, with that snake, Reince Priebus the National Chairman, he won't let a conservative do jack, including conservative delegates to the national convention - he cut them off at the knees, and wouldn't let the two words, Tea Party, be mentioned in front of the convention. As far as I am concerned, he can go pound dirt. He's already gotten a commitment from the majority that they will vote him again as national chairman. It's a freaking conspiracy against conservatives - where is my tin foil hat?
Harry POS Reid ALERT!
Good GOD Almighty, is there not ONE Democrat that isn’t a freaking Communist anymore? Just ONE!?!?
I had hopes for gains enough inside the Establishment Party to get a foot in the door. Out of the ashes of all that hope evaporated....yes, it’s time.
I have no hope with the new faces. I liked DeMint and his tiny coalition, but he is leaving at 2016 and his coalition is left doomed by the Boehner establishment.
I believe the conservatives have a better chance at necessary numbers in some kind of allignment with Libertarians, who enjoined with the Tea Party on our initial stand against fiscal corruption, banking and GM bailouts, and the corrupt Pelosi cram down of Obamacare, and the all round abuse of the Constitution. The Libertarians are rigid fiscal gorilla fighters on the fiscal issues and on the strict interpretation of the Constitution.
We conservatives love the Constitution, but for the parts we don’t like, as the narrow foreign war policy and procedures and monetary restraint rules. Ron Paul was spot on about the Constitution abuses going on from both sides of the aisle.
The “quick-death” equals surrender, the real problem with that is they surrendered for us.