Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid is Really....Yog-Sothoth?!?



Yog-Sothoth knows the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again. He knows where They have trod earth's fields, and where They still tread them, and why no one can behold Them as They tread.
—H. P. Lovecraft, "The Dunwich Horror"

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) is really....Yog-Sothoth?

In Lovecraftian horror (and also Stross' Laundry series), the wrong incantation can bring Ancient Evils to come forth.  

Re-reading some Lovecraft yesterday, I realized the scary truth: Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid is afraid of Conference Committees (especially on Appropriations) because it might release an ancient incantation that might show his True Face!

 Let me explain:

When you get Elected to a Legislature (or a City Council), you are elected to pass Budgets.  

In Congress, it requires both Houses of Congress to fund the United States.  All Budgetary and Appropriation bills must start in the House, then the Senate then passes its own bill (currently none is pending under Majority Leader Reid). 

And before the President signs the Appropriation bill (heck, ANY bill), the Speaker of the House and the Majority leader of the Senate choose members to hash out the details. This is called the Conference Committee.  Both sides of Congress vote on the finished product and send it to the President to sign or veto.  
For Senator Reid: Here's how Appropriations Work

But you will find Majority leader Senator Harry Reid unable to form the words "Conference Committee," or even "Appropriation Conference Committee" for fear or releasing an incantation of the Great Old Ones, or something. 

In Charles Stross' Laundry series (a Lovecraftian panache of LeCarre's Circus), mathematics can create the wrong incantation thus creating Hell on Earth.  Ancient beings like Yog-Sothoth want this to happen.  

Maybe in Yog-Sothoth's...I mean Senator Harry Reid's mind, he doesn't want to pass Appropriations because he fears the Return of the Great Old Ones.  Or maybe, he is not ready to show his True Face.  

Any Majority Leader of the Senate who cannot pass Appropriations for 4 years is in the wrong job. Heck, Senator Harry Reid is afraid of Conference Committees.

Maybe, he should be reminded of this failing before the Summer recess.  Or Yog-Sothoth....I mean Senator Harry Reid will be free to create chaos.  

My question (serious, this time): Why is Majority leader Senator Harry Reid afraid of the words "Conference Committee?"    

(and silly): Is Senator Harry Reid truly a Lovecraftian horror waiting to be free? 

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