Harry Reid's $170 Billion Memory Breach

Forget “levee breaches“! Harry Reid’s memory breach today may have “topped” his previous gaps of candor.

Republicans resisted at least $170 billion in proposed taxes and spending by Senate democrats, but this didn’t stop the Democrats led by Harry Reid to charge Republicans with over-spending!…

Oh, and the media fails to mention this in their attacks on Republicans!

FOX News had a report on the political impact on government’s debt,

From today’s press briefing at the White House:

MR. McCLELLAN: Can I back up, though? One second, because you did bring up the issue of — an issue relating to spending. And yesterday the Senate moved forward on a budget resolution. We had outlined some very clear principles and some very clear limits when it came to the budget for 2007. The President believes we have a responsibility to make sure we’re spending taxpayer dollars wisely. We are a nation that remains at war. While we are at war, it’s important that we continue to fund our highest priorities and hold the line on spending elsewhere in the budget.

We appreciate the Senate moving forward on passing a budget resolution. It’s an important step in the process. This process continues. Senator Gregg has provided strong leadership and worked to address some difficult issues. Democrats proposed dozens of tax and spending increases. The Senate leaders were able to stop the billions upon billions in tax hikes and spending increases proposed by Democrats.

I think if you take a look at the amount of money that Democrats were proposing be spent, it totals at least $170 billion in new taxes and bigger spending. And we’re continuing to look at those numbers, and continuing to count. So we appreciate them. We appreciate the Senate stopping that billions upon billions in tax hikes and spending increases from moving forward. And we look forward to continuing to work with the House and Senate as they move forward on a budget resolution.

We want to see the discretionary spending come down and be more in line with what we have proposed. We also want to continue to address the mandatory spending side. We have taken important steps in recent budgets — including last year — to rein in spending and to slow the growth of entitlement programs. And we need to continue to build upon those.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wasted no time attacking Republicans as the AP reported:

“When it comes to deficits, this president owns all the records,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said after Thursday’s vote, according to CBS News. “The three largest deficits in our nation’s history have all occurred under this administration’s watch.”

More here:

The leader of the Democratic minority, Senator Harry Reid, condemned the outline for the budget as reckless.

“This budget is fiscally irresponsible, will make life more expensive for already stretched middle-class families and does not do nearly enough to protect Americans from terrorism,” Reid said.

And, the AFP described Harry’s response this way:

Democrats in Congress had balked at increasing the debt limit unless the Bush administration, which has overseen a huge rise in the US budget deficit, curbs its voracious appetite for funds.

“When it comes to deficits, this president owns all the records. The three largest deficits in our nation’s history have all occurred under this administration’s watch,” top Senate Democrat Harry Reid said on the Senate floor Thursday.

“The president often speaks of personal responsibility,” Reid said.

“By that benchmark, unless this president and this Republican-controlled Congress dramatically and immediately change course, they will not be judged very kindly with respect to his stewardship of our nation’s finances.”

And, once again the media does not think to mention the Democratic billions that were rejected by the Senate as they blast Republicans.

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