WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic lawmaker Harry Reid is the most powerful member of the United States Senate, but many analysts believe those days will be coming to an end after the November election.
If Reid’s political fall comes to pass, it will likely be due to the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”), which the Senate majority leader helped muscle through Congress four years ago.
Reid seems to understand that his political future is very bleak, which explains why he took to the floor of the Senate last week to lash out at the billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch – “the Koch brothers” – for allegedly spreading lies about Obamacare in early campaign commercials.
“Despite all that good news (about the new health care law), there’s plenty of horror stories being told. All are untrue, but they’re being told all over America,” Reid said, according to the Washington Post.
Reid accused the Kochs of “trying to buy America,” adding that their “terrible dishonesty” about Obamacare makes the two brothers “about as un-Americans as anyone I can imagine.”
Regardless of how one feels about the health care law, Reid’s claims about the Koch brothers trying to “buy America” simply don’t hold water. In fact, when compared to Big Labor’s political expenditures over the past 26 years, the Kochs are just amateurs in the field of electioneering.
As an Investor’s Business Daily editorial points out, 11 of the 15 top-spending political organizations since 1989 are affiliated with Big Labor. Included in that group are the nation’s two largest teacher unions – the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers.