Poll after poll shows that Americans have lost all faith and respect for Congress by giving them the lowest ratings in history. When asked why, most people say that it has to do with their inability to accomplish anything. They spend too much time bickering over political differences rather than solving the problems at hand.
A large part of that falls squarely on the shoulders of Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) who has been serving as the Senate Majority Leader since January 3, 2007. Reid has successfully blocked more legislation, due to partisanship politics, than any other Senate Majority Leader I’ve known. Ever since Barack Obama was sworn into office in January 2009, Reid has repeatedly refused to entertain hundreds of bills proposed by Senate or House Republicans.
One example occurred a couple years ago when the Republican controlled House sent 12 jobs bills to the Senate. Reid refused to even consider 11 of them and the other was instantly killed in committee. The same thing holds true for House bills dealing with the economy, federal budget, national security and healthcare. Just because they originated in the House and were sponsored by Republicans, Reid won’t even touch most of them.
Last year, the Senate set a record for the fewest bills passed by a modern Senate. So far this year, they have only passed 14 bills, which is fewer than the pace they set last year.
Instead of dealing with serious issues like national security, a runaway federal deficit, jobs, energy, a shrinking GDP, immigration and the Middle East, Reid chooses to focus on issues like the employer contraception mandate and getting re-elected. He also took time to get involved in the standoff at the ranch of Clive Bundy. Reid had to spend valuable time on this issue because the company pushing to take over the ranch property employs his son.
Reid has lost all concept of the nation’s priorities. His racist remarks after the Supreme Court ruling on the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties case should tell you just where his priorities are and how racist he is:
“The one thing we are going to do during this work period, sooner rather than later, is to ensure that women’s lives are not determined by virtue of five white men.”
Reid would rather see the Senate spend its time on issues like contraception for women rather on tackling the serious issues facing our nation.
Consequently, under Reid’s leadership, the US Senate, perhaps one of the most powerful political bodies in the world has become nothing more than a lesson in utter futility. A growing number of Democrats are starting to realize just how harmful Reid and Obama have been to their party and are now trying to distance themselves from the two. Other Democrats are frantically using every buzz word they can to drum up support for re-election.
In the end, Reid’s failure to lead may just cost the Democrats control of the Senate. If that happens, Obama will be a lame duck president who may not complete a full second term in office, thanks to Reid. We can only hope.