By Carole on Nov 4, 2010
There was never any doubt that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) didn't get it, but Nevadans re-elected him anyway. Now, just two days after the historic election that saw Republicans take back the House of Representatives and make serious gains in the Senate, Senator Reid is still spouting the same divisive rhetoric despite the clear message voters across the country have sent.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Kentucky) clearly heard the message and has reiterated the GOP's intentions to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), end bailouts, cut spending and reduce the size of government as the voters have demanded. In prepared remarks today, Senator McConnell said, "The only way to do all these things it is to put someone in the White House who won't veto any of these things...We can hope the president will start listening to the electorate after Tuesday's election. But we can't plan on it." (source)
In response, Senator Reid quickly issued a statement which started with the usual false claim that the GOP wants to eliminate the few reasonable provisions in the 2,000+ page Obamacare legislation and ends with:
Republicans have always been the party of putting big business over the middle class, and they are wasting no time in trying to jam through favors for big corporations at the expense of hard-working families who are struggling to make ends meet. If Republicans think the American people want to go back to giving insurance companies free rein to impose their abusive practices on middle-class families and seniors, then they are truly out of touch with the middle class. (source)
Just two days after voters clearly rejected the Obama agenda including the hugely unpopular and obscenely expensive health care reform power grab, a law which Mr. Reid himself was instrumental in ramming through the legislature, he is still trying to demonize American businesses and pit groups of Americans against other groups of Americans.
On a day when even President Obama is at least pretending to get it, scheduling a meeting with leaders of both parties "to talk substantively about how we can move the American people's agenda forward," Harry Reid is still pushing the same old and clearly rejected Obama agenda that cost his party dearly just 48 hours ago.
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