Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced the failure of "Cut, Cap and Balance" on the Senate floor: "We just completed a very important vote. We've now demonstrated that the House Republicans' Cut, Cap and Balance is over, done, it's dead."

Other defenders of failing status quos have over the years pronounced reform efforts of their day “over, done, dead.” History has its surprises, though. Republican senators ought to help history surprise Harry Reid by pledging to offer Cut, Cap and Balance as an amendment to every piece of legislation that is brought up in the Senate until there is some other debt ceiling proposal to debate, and then should offer Cut, Cap, and Balance as an alternative to the Democrats' proposal, when they deign to offer one.

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