We reported last week on the disastrous budget deal that made its way through Congress. While we had high hopes for Paul Ryan, maybe we should’ve been suspicious that even Harry Reid supported him for Speaker of the House.
What we were given was a $2 trillion spending bill that Congress had only two days to review.
It looks like Paul Ryan returned the favor to Reid, and it gets worse — the two are now forming an alliance. As the Gateway Pundit reported on (quoting The Hill):
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) informed his GOP colleagues at a recent closed-door meeting that he had just received a “promise” from Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid.
The room — filled with lawmakers skeptical of Reid’s motives — erupted in laughter.“I know, I know,” the rookie Speaker replied with a grin, according to lawmakers in the room.
Fresh off a nearly $2 trillion government-funding and tax-cuts deal, both Ryan and Reid are sounding a rare note of cooperation in the midst of a highly partisan presidential election cycle.
However, Reid’s pledge to return to regular order on appropriations bills is facing hearty skepticism from congressional Republicans.
They feel they’ve been burned one too many times by Reid, who repeatedly filibustered House-passed appropriations bills this year and has a reputation for launching broadsides against the GOP from the Senate floor. And they’re not so sure the Nevada Democrat will allow bills to move through the Senate Appropriations Committee to the floor, where after they are approved they could be merged with House-passed legislation.
“I personally don’t trust Harry Reid as far as I could throw him,” quipped Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on Homeland Security.
“I’m extraordinarily skeptical,” added Ryan’s Wisconsin colleague, GOP Rep. Reid Ribble.
The headline over at Breitbart was, “Republican Lawmakers Laugh in Paul Ryan’s Face for Trusting Harry Reid,” and Ryan deserves more than just mockery. He deserves outrage.
If you need any more evidence as to why this relationship will be a disaster, just consider the reasoning Reid gave when supporting Paul Ryan for Speaker of the House:
Democrats need responsible Republican negotiating partners if, together, we are going to avoid the twin challenges facing us in the coming weeks: avoiding the first-ever default of the full faith and credit of the U.S., and preventing another government shutdown.
So we had the partnership, and within the course of only a few months we’re an additional $2 trillion in the hole. Do you even want to think about what the next year will bring?
[Note: This article was written by The Analytical Economist]