Reid fumbles

<b>CORRECTION:</b> This editorial in Thursday’s Review-Journal incorrectly reported that Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., will retire at the end of the year rather than seek re-election. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., is retiring, not Conrad.

If we needed any more evidence that the president's new budget commission is destined to be a sham and crock, we need look no further than the appointments Sen. Harry Reid made to the board this week.

The commission -- charged with finding a plan to bring the rampaging federal deficit under control within the next five years -- will comprise 18 members, 10 Democrats and eight Republicans. As majority leader, Sen. Reid was charged with choosing three members.

And what did he do? Predictably, Sen. Reid on Tuesday gave the one-finger salute to taxpayers and selected three of his big-spending cronies for the board.

Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 man in the Senate, is a partisan hack who has never worked a day in the private sector as an adult. He's been in either the House or Senate since 1982.

Then there's Sen. Kent Conrad, the North Dakota Democrat who announced his retirement this year after it was evident he was likely to get clocked if he sought re-election to a fifth term in November. Sen. Conrad chairs the Senate Budget Committee and talks a good game for the folks back home when it comes to fiscal responsibility. Then he shepherds spending plans through Congress that break the bank. He, too, has scant adult experience in the private sector.

Finally, Sen. Reid's third selection is Sen. Max Baucus, who has been in Washington since 1974. He runs the Senate Finance Committee, where he was in charge of pushing ObamaCare through to the full chamber.

The Reid selections are incomprehensible. People such as Durbin, Baucus and Conrad are part of the problem, not the solution. They are life-long politicians who have been high-fiving and cheering over the past two or three decades for the massive expansion of the federal government and the irresponsible spending that have pushed us to the brink.

That Sen. Reid would tap any one of them -- let alone all three -- for this panel is a bad joke.