16 March 2010

Democrats Attempt To Slaughter The Constitution

From The Wall Street Journal:

We're not sure American schools teach civics any more, but once upon a time they taught that under the U.S. Constitution a bill had to pass both the House and Senate to become law. Until this week, that is, when Speaker Nancy Pelosi is moving to merely "deem" that the House has passed the Senate health-care bill and then send it to President Obama to sign anyway.
Blinded by an ambition that makes Genghis Khan seem restrained, the Democrats are pressing on with their attempt to shred the constitution by passing . . . I mean "deeming" to pass a bill that is opposed by the majority of Americans. And the tool of Pelosi's subterfuge is appropriately named "Slaughter."

The House Rules Committee, Louise Slaughter (D-New York), is being asked to add a "self-executing rule" into the Senate passed bill, which means that the Congress won't actually need to vote on the bill. They'll simply add their own high-dollar pork to the already bursting bill during what is referred to by Congress as "reconciliation corrections" but Americans who are aware will recognize as bullshit.

As the Journal points out, this will allow the Democrats in Congress to send the bill on to Obama for approval while still claiming that they opposed it -- a critical need for them since "knowingly" passing this monstrosity that is sure to make insurance companies immeasurably rich and unemployment lines simply immeasurable will be political suicide.
This two-votes-in-one gambit is a brazen affront to the plain language of the Constitution, which is intended to require democratic accountability. Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution says that in order for a "Bill" to "become a Law," it "shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate." This is why the House and Senate typically have a conference committee to work out differences in what each body passes. While sometimes one house cedes entirely to another, the expectation is that its Members must re-vote on the exact language of the other body's bill.

True, this is not the first time "reconciliation" has been used, but in the past it has been reserved for expediting amendments, not a bill that would seize control of 1/6 of our country's entire economy.

Where are you Jeffersonian Democrats?