A Vote For An Unconstitutional Rule

House Republicans introduced a resolution to force a vote on Louise Slaughter’s “rule”.

H. RES. __
Ensuring an up or down vote on certain health care legislation.
Resolved, That the Committee on Rules may not report a rule or order that provides for disposition of the Senate amendments to H.R. 3590, an Act entitled The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, unless such rule or order provides for—
(1) at least one hour of debate, equally divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader, or their designees; and
(2) a requirement that the Speaker put the question on disposition of the Senate amendments and that the yeas and nays be considered as ordered thereon.

The vote on that resolution was held today. The resolution failed by a vote of 222-203.

That’s right. Two-Hundred and Twenty-Two Democrats feel that Article I, Section VII, Clause II of the U.S. Constitution is null and void. I know I keep re-hashing this same “argument” but the Constitution states,

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively…

The item is not up for debate. The U.S. Constitution states that every bill that passes the House and the Senate must pass with Yeas and Nays being called. The Slaughter “rule” will deem the Senate version passed in the House, which is unconstitutional. Period.

The fact that 222 House Democrats don’t respect, let alone even know, what is written in our Constitution does not surprise me. The next couple days are going to be quite interesting, but when it comes to the Slaughter “rule”, there is nothing more to discuss.

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What Really Caused The Mortgage Crisis?

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It’s no secret that Countrywide Home Loans, with the help of a shady mortgage broker, took advantage of a couple people I hold very dear to my heart.

Just over two years ago, they realized they had been duped into a mortgage they were not going to be able to afford. With the adjustable rate climbing, and the mortgage barely within their ability to pay, they took action trying to prevent disaster before it happened.

Over the course of these past two years, they tried working with Countrywide. Countrywide wanted no part of it. The only assistance Countrywide offered, was negotiating a new mortgage (which would have caused them to default even faster). They placed the house on the market immediately.

Because of the turn in the market, they couldn’t even get anyone to look at the house. Countrywide still ignored them. When they did receive an offer, they inquired about short-selling, but Countrywide slammed the door on that idea.

Nine months ago they were forced to walk away from the house. Countrywide gave them no choice. Several months ago, they foreclosed on the house. Last month, the house sold to another person for less than half what was owed on it.

And now? Countrywide actually sent them a letter telling them that their mortgage payment had been “adjusted” into a fixed 7.25% interest loan, with payments that were very reasonable, and in fact, affordable. One month after the house sold.

The people at Countrywide are “d”umbasses. They were screwing people over for years, and now they are sending out these fake “we’ll help you now” letters to convince the government they are actually trying to help them. They have to. It’s the only way they can guarantee that the government is going to help bail them out.

Countrywide was, and still is, run by a bunch of people with ‘0’ (zero) common sense. If they had actually helped the homeowners who didn’t want to walk away, rather than ignoring them, the mortgage “crisis” might not have become much of a crisis at all.