Since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, President Barack Obama — and all, it seems, of liberaldom — have forgotten how a bill becomes a law, here’s a brief remedial course on lawmaking dedicated to them. The House of Representatives has done its job. If Senate Democrats don’t agree, pass your own version, go to a conference committee and work out the differences. (There’s one continuing resolution to keep open the government ready for conference, but Senator Reid refuses to appoint conferees.)
Bills don’t get passed at news conferences where idealess liberal senators name call and demonize some of their colleagues and House Republicans. (Same goes true for certain Senate Republicans.) How ironic that the self-proclaimed intellectual and sensitive party resorts to calling its opponents “terrorists,” “hostage takers,” “arsonists,” “extortionists,” “unhinged,” “insane,” and people with a “bomb strapped to their chest,” among many others (see LegalInsurrection.com). If you want to negotiate, do it the constitutionally prescribed way. Oh, and one other thing . . . our little course in lawmaking includes prayer, doubtless a word that would be left out if this cartoon was made today, but something both sides should probably engage in.
Harry Reid, Barack Obama and others in Washington think bills are passed by holding news conferences and calling their opponents names. They need a remedial class in civics — and civility.