March 25, 2009

Breathtaking intellectual hypocrisy*

Senate Republicans call budget reconciliation "an act of violence." But it was apparently totally legitimate 8 years ago. And then again 6 years ago. And again 2 1/2 years after that. And one more time 5 months later.

ThinkProgress:

Despite their howls against Obama, Republicans employed the same procedure to pass major Bush agenda items (which were supported by all four aforementioned Senators):

– The 2001 Bush Tax Cuts [HR 1836, 3/26/01]
– The 2003 Bush Tax Cuts [HR 2, 3/23/03]
– Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 [HR 4297, 5/11/06]
– The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 [H. Con Res. 95, 12/21/05]

* See
here.