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‘The Worst in History’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), in announcing a Friday vote to on the House-passed “Cut, Cap and Balance” bill, called it “perhaps some of the worst legislation in the history of this country.”

Worst. In history. You don’t say? I wonder where Reid would rank it on this list. Maybe:

  1. Fugitive Slave Act (1850)

  2. Indian Removal Act (1830)

  3. Cut, Cap and Balance Act (2011)

  4. Alien and Sedition Acts (1798)

  5. Executive Order #9066 [Japanese internment] (1942)

  6. The Volstead Act [prohibition] (1919)

Either way, the Senate won’t even be voting on the passage of “Cut, Cap and Balance,” but rather on motion to “table” the legislation, which would require only 51 votes. Reid said he didn’t want to “waste the Senate’s time” by debating the bill any further.

Even if it was put to a proper vote, the bill is unlikely to pass, although this recent CNN poll certainly raised a few eyebrows (66 percent of Americans support the contents of the bill as described). And even if it did pass, President Obama has threatened a veto.

However, Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) said today he doesn’t think the president would ever make good on that threat. “I will bet you a Porterhouse steak if [‘Cut, Cap and Balance’] lands on his desk, he will sign this puppy,” he said in response to a reporter’s question. “That’s how good his veto threat is.”

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

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