DC Mayor Vincent Gray Wednesday implored Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow the District of Columbia to function properly, asking Reid to release District funds being held up by the shutdown. As you may be aware, the federal government has substantial purview over DC’s finances.
Here’s the exchange:
Gray: Sir, we are not a department of the government . . . We’re simply trying to be able to spend our own money.
Reid: I’m on your side. Don’t screw it up, okay? Don’t screw it up.
Wow, check out the disrespect from Reid. I mean, the guy is mayor of Washington DC. Of course, this is typical sort of lefty thinking – I know what’s good for you, SO SHUT UP. Stupid.
Reid is testy of course because he feels Gray is playing into the hands of House Republicans, who are passing legislation piecemeal to fund the government. They’ve already approved a bill to let the District spend the money, which comes from its own tax revenues.
Reid and Obama fear that once they start allowing bills to move, they’ll keep coming until everything’s funded but Obamacare. So what Reid is telling Gray is, You’re messing with Barry and I’s grand strategy, you ignorant little person.
I do love when politicians reveal themselves.
Here’s some video of the exchange. Gray is the fellow on the right.