Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Reid Lashes GOP For True Immorality

If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about with the talk about Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid “slandering” Republicans on the Senate floor earlier this week, here’s the written statement that accompanied that speech.

Speaking of the president’s draconian 2007 budget, Reid’s statement says this:
“The American people have paid the price for the Republican culture of corruption over the past five years and the president’s budget proposes more of the same. President Bush’s budget continues to put special interests first while making worse the financial pressures confronting American families. This is an immoral and irresponsible approach that does not reflect the values of the American people.

“While working Americans are facing higher prices for everything from health care to gas to college tuition this president’s budget continues to hand out costly, budget busting favors for special interests like the drug, oil, and HMO industries. After creating record deficits and debt with his budget busting tax breaks, the president is asking our seniors, our students, and our families to clean up his fiscal mess with painful cuts in health care and student aid.

“The American people know that together we can do better than this immoral and irresponsible budget. Democrats are committed to reform so that we can clean up Washington, get our fiscal house in order and focus on the day-to-day problems facing America’s families.”
Asked about Reid’s press release and his speech, White House spokesman Scott McClellan dismissed it, saying “Unfortunately, I think we've come to expect from Senator Reid such unfounded partisan attacks.”

“The President, in his State of the Union, called for elevating the tone in Washington, D.C., and working together on the priorities of the American people,” continued McClellan, obviously trying to lighten the mood with a joke. “…the President has always worked to elevate the tone in Washington, D.C.”

And you can tell by how united we are in Washington and throughout the entire country, can’t you? And by the way, Scottie, Senator Reid is the leader of the opposition party and, while we all understand how much your boss would love to have a dictatorship, he’s not there – yet.

One more thing: Was Vice President Cheney trying to “elevate the tone” in Washington when he said to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) “go f___ yourself”?