Framing the Dialogue

Harry Reid and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Reid and the Chamber of SecretsIt seems like the Republicans have failed to stop the Obamacare bill from making its way to the President’s desk to sign sometime early next year.  In a rare occurrence, the Democrats have not been able to peel off one RINO from the Republican party enabling them to call this a bipartisan bill.  Maybe that is because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has written the legislation in a secret chamber somewhere in Washington.  His amendment was only released to the Senate after he completed the bribes to Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson.  The  Wall Street Journal calls this a “Change That Nobody Believes In.”

Reid not only included plenty of pork for Nelson, Dodd, and Landrieu, the amendment included other interesting sections.  In order to skew the Congressional Budget Office’s “score” on the legislation, the pain (or tax increases and coverage cuts) happens quickly while the relieve (or actual reform) happens years later.  There are two provisions that I dislike the most; for the first time in history, the federal government is going to FORCE citizens to purchase something (health insurance), the second is Reid’s provision that future congresses may not change or modify portions of this legislation.

The Republicans, working in their comfort level as a minority party, has come out blasting the legislation.  Tennessee Senator Bob Corker said the legislative process “lacked integrity.”  I guess for a Republican those are strong words.  The Republicans are mostly licking their chops as they see this as a means to increase their numbers in Congress.  Showing their grit, they gave in to Reid and agreed to bend over and scheduled their losing vote for earlier on Christmas Eve so that they could slink out of town. 

It is unfortunate that the Republicans continue to fight these battles under politically correct rules of engagement while the Democrats honor no such rules.  When your enemy fights without regard to rules while you follow them, you are destined to lose.  The Republican Party has become a party of losers and whiners.  We do see flashes, but is usually followed by a victory by the opposition party. 

The only strong, consistent, conservative voices come from non-elected people.   A recent exception has been Minnesota’s Representative Michele Bachman.  I appears that we only have one real hope that this massive government take over gets killed.  That hope lies in the greed of Democrats who did not prostitute themselves for a large share of the pork.  They now will have to face their voters and explain why they gave away their votes instead of bringing home Obamamoney like Nelson, Dodd, Landrieu and others.

“Those who created this country chose freedom. With all of its dangers. And do you know the riskiest part of that choice they made? They actually believed that we could be trusted to make up our own minds in the whirl of differing ideas. That we could be trusted to remain free, even when there were very, very seductive voices – taking advantage of our freedom of speech – who were trying to turn this country into the kind of place where the government could tell you what you can and cannot do.”

— Nat Hentoff

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