The Director of the Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Elmendorf, testified before the Senate today, saying that the proposed health care legislation would drive us further into debt (duh). And what did Congressional Democrats do?
Asked about the testimony by Mr. Elmendorf, a highly regarded economist, Mr. Reid snapped derisively, “Maybe what he should do is run for Congress.”
“In the legislation that has been reported, we do not see the sort of fundamental changes that would be necessary to reduce the trajectory of federal health spending by a significant amount. And on the contrary, the legislation significantly expands the federal responsibility for health-care costs.”
I'm not sure what Reid is trying to do here. The CBO is supposed to give honest, accurate representations of what legislation will do to the national budget and debt. Reid and Pelosi are angry that the facts don't support their conclusion. What does Reid want the CBO to do: make up numbers?
Adam Savage from Mythbusters once said, "I reject your reality... and substitute my own." At least he was joking.