Two stories crossed my inbox today that highlight the difference between the two parties, I believe.
It’s things like this that make me doubt whether the Democrats are serious about deficit reduction and avoiding the fiscal cliff.
America is facing a Greek-style fiscal crisis, so what do the Democrats do? Ratchet up their demands for policies that will accelerate the fall, not avoid it.
When the left-leaning Washington Post feels it necessary to give a claim by a prominent Democrat their toughest rating of four Pinnochios (described on their “About the Fact Checker” page as simply “Whoppers,” and no they don’t mean the candy), you know it’s gotta be a real doozy of a lie.
“And when talking about seniors, seniors love getting junk mail. It’s sometimes their only way of communicating or feeling like they’re part of the real world,” Reid continued. “Elderly Americans, more than anyone in America, rely on the United States Postal Service, but unless we act quickly, thousands of post offices … will close. I’ve said this earlier today; I repeat it.”
Remember that jobs bill that Obama stood in front of Congress and demanded that they pass right away? Harry Reid seems to have forgotten:
President Obama still is pressing Congress to pass his jobs stimulus bill immediately, but his own party leaders in the Senate, where Democrats have a majority, have pushed that vote off yet again.
National Journal (emphasis in original):
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will appoint Democratic Sens. Patty Murray of Washington, Max Baucus of Montana, and John Kerry of Massachusetts to the new super committee tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction by November 23, according to a senior Democratic aide familiar with Reid’s decision, which is expected to be made public as early as Wednesday.
The debt-ceiling plan authored by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) cuts the deficit by more than the plan by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) if an assumption about war funding is removed from the Reid bill.