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Reagan: Americans Angry at Senate Sycophants

By Michael Reagan

For the past three years the United States Senate, under the leadership of Obama toady Harry Reid, has been an embarrassment for the United States. Now the so-called "Upper Body" has merely kicked the can down the road for two months on an extension of the payroll tax cut, and the House has rightly rejected the Senate's maneuver.

Americans need to kick the Harry Reid Senate down the road not for a period of months, but for a lifetime. We have a clear message for Harry Reid and his utter failure to lead the Senate: The nation is angry and our anger is directed at a legislative body that under Reid's leadership can't do its job.

Reid seems to think that his job is to force the Senate to follow Barack Obama's agenda. That would mean the Senate is obliged to put a rubber stamp on the president's destructive fiscal policies.

He's wrong. The U.S. Senate is not Obama's footstool. The Upper Body needs to do what the late Bill Buckley once counseled the nation -- put up a red flag and yell "Stop!"

The United States is so drowning in red ink that the monstrous debt this administration and our spendthrift Congress have amassed cannot be repaid even if America survives another century. Washington has saddled not only our children with a horrific debt, they have put it on the shoulders of several generations yet to be born.

As we have just witnessed in Greece, the days of reckoning inevitably arrive for all spendthrifts. The piper must be paid, and he won't wait forever to collect his monetary due.

Not long ago somebody asked a group of female Obama supporters how they think the United States can run up huge debts without going bankrupt. They replied that President Obama would see to it that the debts would be paid. Asked where the money would come from, they replied that Obama would come up with the money. Asked where he would find the money they replied that he would pay out of his "stash."

They don't seem to understand that Obama hasn't got a "stash." What money he controls is our money -- our tax dollars -- and that kitty, thanks to Washington's squandermania, is just about empty.

Such widespread ignorance of the facts of financial life seems to be widespread. Americans appear to have bought into the idea that Uncle Sam merely has to print more and more money to keep us afloat on the financial seas. It has not seemed to have occurred to such people that the government printing presses cannot keep turning out paper money with nothing like silver or gold behind it without participating in a Ponzi scheme to end all Ponzi schemes. Paper money is exactly that: paper. And that's how the world sees it even if Americans don't.

In the past our excursions into fiscal insanity have survived became Washington kept kicking the can down the road. That's over. We're reaching the end of that road. Our sole hope of survival is to deny Obama and his toadies in the Congress another four years; otherwise we'll make Greece look like the world's most fiscally solvent nation.

It's time to wave the red flag and yell "stop" as loudly as we can.

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Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of "The New Reagan Revolution" (St. Martin's Press, 2011). He is the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his website at www.reagan.com.

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    December 21, 2011 @ 8:43 am

     
    If the Senate is the “Upper Body” it is definitely in need of some political upper body deodorant. It is also time to relocate the brain in this political body from the lower body wherein it has sank, back on the upper Body where it belongs. This is what happens when you allow people designed to clean out the excrement from the body politic think they can become the Brain of the body and do the thinking. Harry Reid needs to understand his limits and proper function. Somebody hand him a mop.
     

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  2. newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
    December 21, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    This entire government body is becoming a joke, and relegating this country to a laughing stock on a global basis.  Most of these politicians have shown that they are incapable of leading a cow out of a barn let alone govern this entire nation.  We are in this mess because of their profligate spending, corrupt leadership, and mismanagement, and yet they continue to further complicate matters by their reluctance to work together to resolve these issues. 

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  3. Blu OwenComment by Blu Owen
    December 21, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    It seems to me that Obama has stated that this tax measure should be extended for a year. I guess if his Senate leaders disagree then as a leader he should bend to their idea of only 2 months. Just goes to show anyone how much leadership ability he actually has.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      December 21, 2011 @ 10:57 am

      No Keystone Pipeline, No agreement. Let’s see if Obama loves his Green Goonies more than the jobs that feed the American People, or the energy that drives our economy and them productively to work and meaningful lives. I guess if you are unemployed and living off the government dole you have the time and convenience of fabricating the inconvenient truths that keep our economy down and our taxes up and the Keystone Cops in power. Taxes are no problem for those who don’t have to pay any.

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  4. onewildmanComment by onewildman
    December 21, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    This is all political. the Senate is doing exactly what Obama wants. What is that you say?
     Obama dose not want a full year budget. It is much harder to slip things into it when you do it all at once. They are able to spend more this way and are less constrained. Reid is doing what Obama is telling him to do. All the while Obama is saying the opposite so he can say it wasn’t me it was the Senate or the Republicans fault. The Republicans wont compromise. Well just what have the Democrats and Obama really compromised on? Their is not one important topic that Obama has compromised with the Republicans.
    Obama also has not had a full year budget since he was elected and that can only be because of what I said above about easier to spend more when you don’t show everything at one time. You just keep adding to the debt.
     
    IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! ! !

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      December 21, 2011 @ 11:01 am

      Obama wants you to think he is above the fray, but is just hiding behind Nacy Pelosi and Harry Reid’s skirts. He is afraid to come out and play with the Big boys with Big ideas lest he have to grow up and see the errors of his way and behave like a responsible adult and a responsible leader. It is so much easier to play the part of the puppet Pinocchio in a poltical dramatic “Punch and Judy” puppet show where we get all the punches, and Obama and Judy get free plane rides to the next show at taxpayer’s expense.

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  5. jqcitizenComment by jqcitizen
    December 21, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    Michael Regan is correct. Harry Reid has tabled and refused to consider most of the legislation passed by the Republican controlled house. He has essentially become Obama’s short-stop or road-block to ensure that no legislation will be considered by the full Senate if it fails to meet Obama’s liberal/redistributive and big-government agenda, or if its consideration will impact their far-left supporters and their re-election chances. They know that if the legislation is considered and passed by both chambers that it will force Obama to use his veto and eliminate his ability to claim that he is willing to work towards workable solutions.
    I know that their are many democrats that feel that this agenda has failed and I assume that  their are Democratic Congressman and Senators who also recognize this. Where they are is the question. They need to stand up and remove Reid from his position of leadership.
    Anyone has followed this gridlock understands that the House can only originate legislation. If the Senate is not allowed to give serious consideration, amend as they see as necessary, and forward back to the house for re-consideration and/or to a joint committee to workout differences the the legislation will die in the Senate. It has been Harry Reid’s primary job to prevent these legislative efforts on behalf of the Administration. At the same time both Reid, other Democratic support groups, and Obama lie by claiming that the Republicans are the blame for obstructing Obama’s ill-conceived efforts.
    I sincerely hope that the American electorate is not gullible enough to fall for these tactics.
     
     

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    • paulmnComment by paulmn
      December 21, 2011 @ 10:42 am

      I would like that if the had done it job back in 2008 there would ofbeen any of this today. The is they vetted McCain but did vet Obama case to poin the Supreme has ruled that Obama is ineligible to be president. just keep reading.
      Minor v. Happersett , 88 U.S. 162 (1875)
      “The Constitution does not in words say who shall be natural-born citizens. Resort must be had elsewhere to ascertain that. At common law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners. Some authorities go further and include as citizens children born within the jurisdiction without reference to the citizenship of their parents.”
       

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  6. lhearoldComment by lhearold
    December 21, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    Thats right. We are becoming sick of the senate, and the house as well. AND both parties. Its just a matter how you get screwed…

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  7. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    December 21, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    It’s got to the point where the American taxpayer has to survice the Triple threat not to get screwed by our Used car salesman government. If they don’t get you on your trade in (Obama) and they dont screw you on the new car ( The House ) they sure as hell will get you in the finance department with ponied up hidden clause contracts and snake oil aftermarket overpriced add-ons ( The Senate )

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  8. JDZComment by JDZ
    December 21, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    Everything Reid and his compadres in the Senate do these days are primarily aimed at giving Obama political cannon fodder to use against Republicans across the board. Reid, himself, is concerned about losing his majority control of the Senate because regardless of who ends up in the Whitehouse and the Democrats lose the Senate, then the power in Washington clearly moves over to the Republicans. So, yes there has been a major focus on who will run against Obama next year, but if a Republican becomes President and the Dems keep control of the Senate, they will still be able to have some major control of what happens in Washington.

    So the political game plan of the Democrats is multi-faceted and bigger then just the Presidency and they are experts at propaganda and the development of ways to keep their opponents on the defense and in a counter punch mode. It is amazing to me that with the clearly visible incompetence of the Obama administration across the board like the uncontrolled borrowing and spending, the cronyism demonstrated in deals like the Solyndra mess, the incompetence by the DOJ (particularly with the “fast and furious” fiasco), and their absolute inability to figure out how to turn around the economy and create jobs or the millions out of work, etc. that it would be easy to replace them, but the American voters are gullible and have “short term” memories that can be manipulated, and the Dems coupled with the liberal MSM continue to do a better job then conservatives.

    This latest “payroll tax” cut debate is another example of the House Republicans trying to do the “right” thing by passing something that is more then just a two month extension but getting castigated for doing such, means if not extended, that in two months the Congress will have to deal with it again and will be right back where will are today and all of the time spent arguing over this issue will essentially been wasted. By the way this is really not a “tax cut” that most people associate with income tax, it is a cut in badly needed pension contributions into the financially strapped Social Security pension fund. This is being done primarily so Obama can call himself a “tax cutter” in his campaign message. Stupid move.

    The Senate passed a two month “stop gap” measure just to get past the holidays knowing that is not an efficient use of their time, and that they have to get back into it again after the holidays, but guess what, this is giving them talking points to put down the Republicans in the House, and the Republicans in the Senate helped load the cannons for them. This is a prime example of the inability of the Republicans in Congress to work together. The Dems are clearly more politically adept then the Republicans and is giving Dems some confidence that they not only will hold the Senate but may also take back the House.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      December 21, 2011 @ 11:57 am

      “Reid, himself, is concerned about losing his majority control of the Senate because regardless of who ends up in the Whitehouse and the Democrats lose the Senate, then the power in Washington clearly moves over to the Republicans”

      Reid is not intelligent enough to understand that in next year’s election there are 23 Senate seats up for grabs, and the Republicans only need to take 4 of them to put a stop of Reid and Obama.  It would be great to get rid of Obama by voting him out of office, but if the GOP could pick up a few more seats in the House and take control of the Senate, impeachment is still a viable option if Obama’s supporters (blacks, unions, and ACORN) manage to steal another election for him.

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    • linfComment by lin
      December 22, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

      Boehner has got to go.  I have never seen a speaker so eager to grab defeat from the jaws of victory.  Why not stand on principle and inform the seniors the democrats are trying to bankrupt social security with this “cut”?  Oh yeah, that’s right; he doesn’t have any worth mentioning. 

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  9. rickinnevComment by rickinnev
    December 21, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    Makes me sick in the stomach to realize that only (7) SEVEN people on the Senate had the gonads to vote NO on this..the others caved in and that is really really sickening and scary.  

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  10. urbisolerComment by urbisoler
    December 21, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

    I wish Mike had criticized those GOP Senators as well as the Dems for that lopsided 89-11 vote on a 2 month tax deal. I wish I had their names so that we can vote them out of office. Stupidity runs amuck in DC in both parties. We need BIG changes in 2012 if it is still possible to save this country.

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  11. mcrankComment by mcrank
    December 21, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    More and more I wish we lived in the days of the wild, wild west where six-gun justice could take care of any problem—and we have some problems in DC.

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  12. wdjincComment by wdjinc
    December 21, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

    They still will put blame on the Republicans and the Tea Party.

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  13. navigator30Comment by navigator30
    December 21, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    Of course the House Republicans are right, but there is such a thing as being “dead right”.  I’m not sure the public will figure out the games the Democratic Senate is playing.  Krauthammer (Fox News) had the best idea.  Call the House back into session, pass the Senate bill with one change, the expiration date of the tax cut extension.  It won’t be fully paid for, but that is mostly “smoke & mirrors” in any case.

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  14. RubiconComment by Rubicon
    December 22, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    The House may have “rightly” rejected the two month extension the Senate (including numerous Senate Republicans) just passed….. but NOW was absolutely the wrong time & under the wrong circumstances, for the House to reject the legislation. The House look like fool’s. The Republicans in the Senate should have seen this coming, just as Boehner & House Republicans should have.
    Get this off the front page & let it die in the memories of the public. Pass the bill as is! Get it done!
    THEN, come January all can push a bill under Obama’s nose to sign that extends the false tax cut (cause its really a defunding of Social Security, not a tax cut), for a year. Fact is, Democrats will exploit any & every issue where they can portray Republicans as protectors of the wealthy, as greedy, as out of touch w/ average Americans. Fact is, Democrats & their old mainstream media allies will do this all year long, making any & every effort to attack Republicans during this campaign year. This may have been a set-up. But to have missed it is inexcusable. Why are boehner & McConnell not talking? They must kn ow the media will champion any issue that gives Obama an edge! Surely Boehner & McConnell know this since WE do!This situation had ALL of those factors & Reid & Obama have made a fool of Boehner. Worse is that Senate Republicans should never have voted for this if they knew Boehner planned to challenge the two month extension versus a one year extension. How could McConnell allow this to happen? How could Boehner? Where are their minds? Even “I” saw this one coming! If this is leadership in the Republican party, we need new leaders. If Boehner & McConnell are not coordinating their actions, they are worthless and in fact this is why the public is upset but also why Democrats keep beating us in polls, etc.
    Get it done, NOW!

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