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Has Harry Reid Committed a Felony or Just a Misdemeanor?
Townhall ^ | 01/10/2013 | Emmett Tyrrell

Posted on 01/10/2013 11:11:53 AM PST by SeekAndFind

WASHINGTON -- I have one question about the way Majority Leader Harry Reid has been conducting the Senate. Has he committed a felony or a mere misdemeanor?

The wags will say that a politician from Nevada does not commit misdemeanors, but I am in earnest. The difference between whether Dingy Harry -- as he is known by the eminent political scientist Dr. Rush Limbaugh -- shuffles off to a federal prison or merely pays a hefty fine is significant. I suppose we can leave it to the federal prosecutors to decide, but if he gets off on a misdemeanor I urge it also entail mandatory budget counseling. No one would be surprised to hear of Harry being sentenced to a stint at anger management counseling. Why not mandatory budget counseling too?

Majority Leader Harry's transgression is that for over 1300 days, he has failed to pass a budget. In fact, there is no evidence he has even tried. This is against the law. Federal law clearly requires the Congress to pass a budget every year. I presume the reasoning behind this is that the American people deserve to know where their taxes are going. Putting it another way, why are the American people being mulcted every year by the Internal Revenue Service to pay for Harry and his gang's criminal activities? What are their activities? Are they buying votes with public moneys? Are they favoring friends with subsidies and other extensions of the people's treasure? What about lucre they have extended for "renewable energy," for automobiles no one wants, for every idiot enthusiasm of the so-called welfare state.

For over 1300 days, Harry has been operating his scam without a budget. The House of Representatives has passed budgets in accordance with the law. They have been designed by the law-abiding chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan. He has braved obloquy from Democrats and other ideologues for putting down on paper what he would spend federal money on and where the citizenry's taxes are going. Harry has not, and according to the law he ought to go to jail or be otherwise punished. Surely we do not make laws without punishments, do we?

Not all senators are complicit in Harry's intrigues. For instance, the affable Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama is blameless and actually indignant with his colleagues, Harry in particular. Recently he told my colleague at the Washington Examiner Byron York, "I think it should be a firm principle that we should not raise the debt ceiling until we have a plan on how the new borrowed money will be spent. If the government wants to borrow money so it can spend more, then the government ought to tell the Congress and the American people how they will spend it." York concludes, "One problem, of course, is that the law already requires Congress to pass a budget, and Reid has violated that." I say prosecute him. This is malfeasance on a vast scale.

Whether Harry goes to the can or accepts a lesser sentence -- such as my suggested mandatory course in budget management -- we are going to have to face up to these trillion dollar deficits that the government has been piling up since our smug president took over, Barack Obama. He envisages them for years to come, though obviously if those trillion-dollar deficits do come, life in the great Republic will be very different from what it has been. We have already raised taxes on his hellish two percent, now Republicans have got to insist that President Obama make good on the other half of his deal and cut spending. The way to cut the trillion-dollar deficit is now through budget cuts. The federal government spends too much. It spends money it does not have. In the coming debt-ceiling fight, Republicans, and the handful of sober Democrats out there, should offer suggestions on where the cuts should be.

I have just read a study by the increasingly mainstream Heritage Foundation, outlining $150 billion dollars of cuts in the budget. Patrick Louis Knudsen, the author of the study, points out that many of the cuts are perfectly doable, for they envision the federal government's desisting from undertaking what it should never have undertaken in the first place. Other cuts involve privatization, policy consolidation, eliminating ineffective programs and ending waste, fraud and abuse. For instance, Knudsen's plan calls for cutting $13.5 billion from the Department of Agriculture, $3.5 billion from Community Development, $15.1 billion from Health Care and $15.8 billion from the Department of Transportation. So it goes through every nook and cranny of the federal government, save the Department of Defense. Knudsen does not cut from the Pentagon because he feels that the military is an essential area of government involvement. Presumably he leaves it to the generals and admirals to decide what is essential for the security of the country.

The coming battle over the debt ceiling is the right time to demand our government get its fiscal house in order. If not now, when? As for Dingy Harry, possibly under the threat of prosecution he will smarten up. No one wants to see him go off to the calaboose.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: budget; emmetttyrrell; harryreid; misdemeanor; senate

1 posted on 01/10/2013 11:11:56 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Neither. Failure to follow a law is not necessarily a crime and often is not. This is not a crime. It may be maddening, but there is no criminal violation here.


2 posted on 01/10/2013 11:14:37 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: SeekAndFind

IIRC my high school education, the SENATE does not initiate a budget, period. At least technically. In the past, while the President or the Senate may propose and/or pass something, it still has to go to the House where they are the only entity responsible and lawfully allowed to pass a fiscal budget. All money-based bills have to be passed by the House, period.

What happens in practice, though is that Democrat Houses accede to the Senate and rubber stamp their budgets. The fact that Democrats don’t control the House now is where the disconnect is.

Reid is not technically required to submit or pass a budget; that is the purview of the House of Representatives.


3 posted on 01/10/2013 11:17:40 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind
No one wants to see him go off to the calaboose.

Don't bet on that.

4 posted on 01/10/2013 11:18:30 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I propose a Constitutional Amendment that would place all Senator’s, Representatives, President, Vice-President and Cabinet member’s salaries into escrow accounts to be released only when a budget is passed.


5 posted on 01/10/2013 11:18:46 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: RIghtwardHo

RE: Failure to follow a law is not necessarily a crime and often is not.

So, if an ordinary Joe fails to purchase insurance under Obamacare, is it a felony or a misdemeanor or neither?


6 posted on 01/10/2013 11:19:09 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind; Biggirl; Fudd Fan; holdonnow
Oh, that scamp...Harry "The Body".

Mark Levin is no fan; I think he calls him Harry "The Body" and says Reid looks like an undertaker!

7 posted on 01/10/2013 11:25:47 AM PST by hummingbird
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To: SeekAndFind; greyfoxx39; Elsie; reaganaut; Colofornian
Mormons must be so proud of their boy. I know Salt Lake is, he's a Temple Recommend holding member in good standing....Even after bashing Ezra Taft Benson to the entire faculty and staff of BYU.

BREAKAWAY LDS SECT SCRIPTURE:

"Doctrine and Covenants" Section 98:

5 And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.

6 Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land;

Filthy hypocrites !!

8 posted on 01/10/2013 11:25:48 AM PST by SENTINEL (I lie, I cheat, I steal, I communize, I sacrifice unborn babies, I'm Harry Reid and I'm a mormon)
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To: SeekAndFind

Impeach Harry Reid for malfeasance of office.


9 posted on 01/10/2013 11:30:12 AM PST by Mashood
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To: RIghtwardHo

Selective enforcement is tyranny.


10 posted on 01/10/2013 11:34:46 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: RIghtwardHo
"....but there is no criminal violation here."

My hopes were so high...bummer.

11 posted on 01/10/2013 11:37:51 AM PST by hummingbird
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To: SeekAndFind
H0lder needs to prosecute his own self for his crimes at Waco and Ruby Ridge.

Good luck with that.

12 posted on 01/10/2013 11:39:19 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: RIghtwardHo

RIghtwardHo ~:” Failure to follow a law is not necessarily a crime and often is not. This is not a crime. It may be maddening, but there is no criminal violation here.”

Agreed ,.. after all , who would prosecute ?
Holder ? .. Hah , ha , ha ...

If the requirement was stated in the Constitution , he could be cited as a violation of his oath to support and maintain the Constitution.
Subject to ‘recall’ .. ?
Who would prosecute ? - the House of Representatives
Then bring it to the Democratic Senate .. it would at least put them on notice
And override the ‘Dingey Harry’ one man fillibuster !


13 posted on 01/10/2013 11:47:01 AM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Disclaimer - the opinions above merely reflect the writers restricted ability to observe reality)
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To: SeekAndFind
"No one wants to see him go off to the calaboose."

Wanna bet?

14 posted on 01/10/2013 11:49:27 AM PST by jackibutterfly (Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth. :-))
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To: RIghtwardHo

Then the law needs to be revised to criminalize the offense.


15 posted on 01/10/2013 11:49:31 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

This is a mob senator.

The question is only how high the stack of felonies is.


16 posted on 01/10/2013 11:49:51 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Gaffer

You are technically, and literally correct. It’s worthy of note the House has passed a budget every year and dutifully sent it to the Senate. It’s not that the Senate didn’t make a budget, it’s that they never brought the ones they were sent up for a vote.


17 posted on 01/10/2013 11:56:12 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Only TWO choices?
18 posted on 01/10/2013 12:29:03 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: taxcontrol
I propose a Constitutional Amendment that would place all Senator’s, Representatives, President, Vice-President and Cabinet member’s salaries into escrow accounts to be released only when a budget is passed.

Good Idea; but how would it get past a bunch of...

...Senator’s, Representatives, President, Vice-President and Cabinet member’s?

19 posted on 01/10/2013 12:30:45 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: SeekAndFind

If congress can’t tell us ahead of time how they are going to spend our money, then we should not have to pay taxes.


20 posted on 01/10/2013 12:37:29 PM PST by abclily
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To: taxcontrol

I doubt they care about their salary. That is not the source of their wealth. And why escrow, why not just suspend their pay when there is no budget.

I would be carefull about what I wished for, since they could pass a budget that could be worse than obamacare just to get it passed.

Too bad the federal budget is not limited to the funds the states are willing to give them. Any shortfall in that budget would have to be paid by the members of congress from their personal wealth. Afterall, it’s their signature on the credit card. I doubt we would see any spending above the cash on hand. See how good and generous these guys are when it is THEIR money they are spending.

I know it’s absurd, but so are they.


21 posted on 01/10/2013 1:28:03 PM PST by nomobs
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To: SeekAndFind
No one wants to see him go off to the calaboose.

A few don't want to see him go off to the calaboose.

That's better...

Regards,
GtG

22 posted on 01/10/2013 2:27:00 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes; I think he has.


23 posted on 01/10/2013 2:28:31 PM PST by Resettozero
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