Tuesday, March 16, 2010

THE POLITICS OF DESPERATION

President Obama said this: Health care deserves "up or down vote". As a show of respect to him, you would think that a loyal Democrat Congress would proceed with that vote. But what if many of those voting don't want their constituents to know how they would have voted, what could they do to take cover? Enter the Slaughter Solution. We now learn that the House of Representatives can pass the bill without voting at all.

The Slaughter Solution is a procedure being named for Democrat House Rules Chairwoman, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter where the House would pass the Senate's healthcare bill "without a vote." "A television news correspondent said this morning the healthcare bill would be the biggest change in healthcare in 40 years, yet House Democrats are trying to pass it under a sneaky scheme. The Capitol Hill Publication Congress Daily AM reported that House Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter is preparing to help usher the healthcare overhaul through the House and potentially avoid a direct vote. Slaughter is weighing preparing a rule that would consider the Senate bill passed once the House approves a corrections bill that would make changes to the Senate version." -A note from Senate Minority Leader, John Boehner.

Oh yes, President said in a speech the other day that with this new health care bill, premiums will fall 3000%. Do the calculation. Doesn't something normally equal zero when it falls by ONE hundred percent?

And then there's Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi; regarding the bill, she says, "It’s going to be very, very exciting. But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy." WHAT? Let me read that again: "...we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." Even if you are in favor of the Health Reform bill, is this logical? Have you ever bought some high-ticket item and the salesman tells you, "You're gonna love this car. You can't see it yet, but trust me -- it's a beauty. No, I don't have any photos and, no, you can't test drive it, either. It's gonna cost you $100,000, and there's no money back guarantee. Just write the check. Trust me." If this happened to you, wouldn't you think that you were being snookered? Even if all these statements are gaffes, it seems that Democrat leaders are simply pulling out all stops -- no matter how idiotic, to push this nearly 3000 page, nearly one trillion government entitlement.

Stupid statements abound as they try to assure you and me and the unwashed masses that this is a good thing. So if it's such a good bill, why the scratching at the bottom of the barrel to get enough votes to pass it -- from your own majority party? Why all of the congressional deal-making (bribery), threats, and arm-twisting? Why the glowing assurances of passage, and projections of how much we're going to enjoy it? Remember that the tax increases begin almost as soon as it's passed, while most of the benefits don't kick in for four years! And how many of our representatives have even read it? The more time the public has to actually SEE what they are voting for, the less we like it. About three out of four Americans don't want it! This is no way to pass law -- especially not one so far-reaching and costly, and full of objectionable pieces of legislation. But "best" of all, Pelosi and company can pass it WITHOUT VOTING. Desperation in motion.

3 comments:

JJMelear said...

Great blog Doc!

Jeff Wahlen said...

Indeed, a great point Doc. If this bill is Splendid City, why are so many Democrats opposed to it? After all, the Dems control the House and have the majority to overrule every Republican vote. Amazingly though, the DNC led media consistently says the Republicans are blocking the progress of this bill. How so? The bill is stalled because San Fran Nan does not have the votes within her own party!

Lenny Cacchio said...

Doc, your lucidity amazes me. I would say you should be in Congress, except you're too good -- and honest -- for that.