Gee, I wonder why the president refused to fulfill his promise to have the health care dialogue "in front of the American people" on C-Span.
They're already calling it the Bismarck Bribe:
The legislation contains provisions apparently designed to ensure votes from wavering Democrats. As outlined in the House version, the compromise plan would give nonprofit loan providers in several states the right to participate, along with for-profit loan companies selected through a competitive process, in helping the Education Department distribute loan money to students.
A new element, included in the plan issued on Thursday, would give a specific right to the Bank of North Dakota to issue federally subsidized student loans, meaning that it would be the only lender remaining outside of the Education Department's direct-lending system.
The Bank of North Dakota is a state-owned lender that Democratic aides described as representing the type of nonprofit entity they want to encourage. Critics of the loan bill suggested the provision was designed to win the support of a key Democrat, Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.
18 March 2010
Seriously, why does the administration continue to give this guy a speaking part?
And they used to say that Dan Quayle was dumb? Speaking of which, the former VP mispelled potato one time and was marked a moron. How many spelling errors is Obama allowed before people realize that this guy is no genius?
16 March 2010
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.
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.
Where are you Jeffersonian Democrats?
14 March 2010
The number may be debatable, but we know that at least 2,000+ people gathered in the frigid Minnesotan air last night to protest the Democrats latest shenanigans to get ObamaCare passed. And this was in Minnesota, where some people actually voted for Al Franken.
Now I will admit that, while I don't trust the left any farther than I could throw up their authoritarian policies, even I never thought they would attempt the rarely employed tactic of reconciliation to pass a bill that most Americans want to see burned on the alter of fiscal responsibility. It appears even the Khaki Elephant can misjudge the depths of their desire for power. The dominion and control offered by government managed Healthcare is simply too tempting for Democrats to hear the voice of the people.
The reconciliation process would require the House to accept the bill already shoved through by the former Senate Super Majority . . . a bill that contains millions in bribe money to be paid out to states like Lousianna and Nebraska for their Senator's support. (Democrat Bribe List I -- Democrat Bribe List II). The tactic will prevent the House and Senate from re-examining the current debacle to look at alternatives that for years have been offered by the GOP. The tactic will prevent the American people from voting these power-hungry politicians out of office before they do their damage. The tactic would "Europeanize" the health care system and introduce the chronic unemployment numbers ever present on that continent.
Say your prayers, America.
13 March 2010
When Nancy Pelosi plays dumb it's rather difficult to determine just how much is "play." Let's just say that I don't think we'll find her listed in the Mensa directory. I'm sure that every Obot-free mind in America remembers her "stunned" response when she "learned" that 3 terrorists had been waterboarded . . . followed by her stuttering chatter when the rest of us "learned" that she already knew. And I suspect that every American bright enough to recognize a Michael Moore whopper (the kind he delivers in his "documentaries," not to his stomach) remembers her "shocked" discovery that there were massive CEO bonuses in the second bank bailout . . . despite the claim that she had actually read the bill.
Well, once again Nancy Pelosi was "surprised," this time after finding out that Congressman Eric Massa (D - New York) has been Barney Franking some congressional aides. When the story first broke the speaker told the world that she knew nothing about it. Oh, there "may" have been rumors, but there are always rumors on the hill. As Pelosi put it, "you know what, this is rumor city. There are rumors. I have a job to do." Apparently that job doesn't include protecting young, impressionable aides from lusty, powerful congressmen . . . so long as they're Democrats.
Now we are learning that these were more than rumors and that Nancy Pelosi's "surprise" was was again feigned:
It turns out that the San Francisco speaker's office got wind of the allegations in October. That's when Massa's chief of staff told Pelosi's office that the former congressman was living with his aides and behaving in ways that made them uncomfortable. But the speaker's office didn't do a thing about it.
And if my guess is right, Pelosi will handle her denial in the same way that she always has: deny, deny, deny until another story comes along to steal the headlines.