It’s been said by many that Democrats and Republicans are both awful, that there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between them. Well, it’s not true. Both have pursued a big government agenda in recent decades but Democrats are much more willing to cheat, break the law, and change the law (even retroactively) if it helps them advance their agenda. Democrats are shameless masters at voter fraud while Republicans, whenever overzealous operatives try their hand at it, are pathetic amateurs so bad at it that they usually get caught. There is no comparison. Democratic lawmakers also excel at using fraud and parliamentary trickery and sleight-of-hand to push their agenda — the Constitution be damned.
A case in point are the ruthless, wholly unprincipled actions of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Following in the footsteps of former Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson, the Chicago Daleys, and Boss Tweed, Reid is now scheming to deliver a final insult to the American people who repudiated his party’s extreme leftist agenda in November.
According to Emily Miller of Human Events, Democrats are attempting to modify Senate rules so that they can ram their agenda through that chamber next week when their majority shrinks from 59 to 53 seats. Reid is planning a vote on January 5 for what Miller calls “the most drastic rules changes since 1975.”
“Democrats lost the election. Their power has been weakened significantly. So they are trying to do a Washington-insider tactic to try to grab power, even though the voters told them very clearly in the election that they didn’t like them, and didn’t like their policies,” she quoted a Republican Senate aide saying.
In a closed-door meeting last week, Reid told the Democrats that he may outright break the rules on the first day of the 112th Congress in order to pass his audacious changes without bipartisan support. “If Reid endorses the rules change, it would be the first time in history that a Majority Leader has opted to cut off debate on a Senate rules change by a majority vote,” said Marty Gold, a long-time Senate leadership aide and now an attorney at Covington and Burling.
Senate Democrats are trying to change the filibuster process so legislation can be voted on with just 51 votes instead of the 60 votes currently required to cut off debate. This would allow the Senate majority to steamroll the Senate minority.
“Dems thought 60 was too big a lift when they had 59 votes” in the outgoing Congress, a GOP aide said. “Now that their ranks are reduced we fully expect them to try and turn the Senate into a version of the House so they can continue to ram through their partisan, unpopular agenda.”
“Changing the rules in this extraordinary process has the effect of election nullification,” Gold said. “It allows a smaller majority to write for itself new rules, which permit it to govern the way it wishes, even though the voters said something contrary last November.”
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