Yet whether the American people know it or not, they love their government – or so says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
On the first day of the new Congress, the Nevada Democrat lamented in his opening remarks what he referred to as obstruction from Senate Republicans over the past few years, accusing them of using stalling tactics to score political points on some legislation.
“I’ve been forced to use my right as majority leader to fill what we call the amendment tree more than I would have liked to,” Reid said. “But it’s been for a simple reason, Mr. President. Rather than offer amendments to improve legislation or compromise for the greater good as members of this body have done for generations – the current minority has offered amendments to waste time, delay us from proceeding to a bill or to score political points.”
But that was said to make a larger point. According to Reid, despite data showing otherwise – the American people love government. It’s the politics they despise.
“The American people love government, but they don’t like too much politics in government,” he said.