Two Days Before Christmas

Here we are just two days before Christmas and the U.S. Senate is still debating health care reform with the final vote for passage coming around 8:00 am tomorrow morning. Harry Reid keeps saying that the reason they are debating the bill in the middle of the night and right up to Christmas day, is because of the Republicans. He forgets that we all know he, as Majority Leader, sets the Senate schedule, and he alone decides when legislation hits the floor. In other words, this is his way of punishing everyone because he thinks the Republicans are pooping in his Post Toasties. Grow up Harry.

Just thinking about the health care bill makes me angry, which is exactly why Scary Harry made sure that debate on the bill ran right up to the Christmas holiday. Too many people are traveling to visit family. They’re trying to enjoy the season, and they don’t want to listen to all this negativity or even think about the horror that will come if this bill actually makes it through the entire process.

On a more optimistic note, Rich Lowry writes about five reasons the health care bill might not pass. Personally I think there are a few more reasons than the ones he chose to focus on. His five include public revulsion (which hasn’t stopped Scary Harry, Nanny State Nancy, or The Failed One® yet), the abortion funding issue, and more.

Some other reasons the bill might not make it include the fact that Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), the chairwoman of the House Rules Committee has gone on the record to state that Congress should scrap the bill and start over. It turns out Democrats aren’t supporting the bill either. As their base erodes, so will any effort to pass the horrific legislation. It’s already a given that most Democrats up for re-election in 2010 (in the House and the Senate) face an uphill battle because of their support for the bill.

To make matters worse for every Democrat in the House (as the entire House is up for reelection in 2010) is the fact that The Failed One® is now thinking about postponing health care talks until February. This will keep health care reform on everyone’s mind well into the months leading up to the election. Those opposed to this bill and running for office couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas present from President Obama.

That’s it from me tonight. I have a few things I need to get done around here, and I need to get up early tomorrow for the senate vote (although I am pretty sure we all know the outcome of the vote).

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Harry Reid And The Chamber Of Secrets

Scary Harry Reid snuck a couple provisions into the managers amendment to the health care reform bill last night. In the following video, which runs almost 11 minutes, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) outlines those provisions, which just happen to contain changes to Senate rules within the amendment.

 

Section 3403 of Harry Reid’s amendment to the health care reform bill states,

“it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.”

as well as,

“Notwithstanding rule XV of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a committee amendment described in subparagraph (A) may include matter not within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Finance if that matter is relevant to a proposal contained in the bill submitted under subsection (c)(3).”

The first statement requires a change to the Senate rules, and the second statement sets up a new rule to ignore another Senate rule.

Any bill that changes the rules of the Senate must pass with a 2/3 majority or 67 votes. The presiding officer of the Senate claimed those statements consist of “procedural changes” not rule changes, therefore attempting to circumvent the U.S. Constitution, the law, and the Senate’s own rules.

So let’s review. Harry Reid and the Cash 4 Cloture Democrats passed a bill in the middle of the night that increases your taxes, increases your insurance premiums, violates your rights as an American citizen, and violates the Constitution, the law, and the rules of the Senate.

As a native of the state of Nevada, I am quite familiar with Harry Reid. I remember when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 1974. I used to knock over his campaign signs as I walked to school in the mornings. I couldn’t stand him then, and I can’t stand him now. There has never been another person in Nevada politics that has irritated me more than he has.

Harry Reid has made a mockery of our system of government. He has walked all over the U.S. Constitution, our existing laws, and he has tarnished the reputation of the United States Senate. From ignoring the law where legislation is concerned to bribing fellow members of the Senate to vote on this legislation, he is as corrupt as they come.

The following is a list of the Democrat Senators who accepted bribes from Scary Harry to vote for the health care reform bill.

 

Harry Reid has taken his expertise of making deals over coffee at the little diner in Searchlight, Nevada all the way to the back rooms of the United States Senate to make deals on a bill that 3/5 of the American people do not support. Way to go Harry. I can hardly wait to see you get kicked out on your ass in the upcoming election.

Call your Senator today and demand they vote against this health care bill, because it violates your rights as an American, it violates the Constitution of the United States, it violates the law, and it violates the rules of the Senate.

Call Senator Reid today and demand that he withdraw the bill from consideration until he, himself, can follow the letter of the law. That requirement alone would postpone this bill indefinitely.

Compromise In The Form Of Bribery

This evening the U.S. Senate is debating the health care reform bill. In a little over an hour, Senate Majority Leader Scary Harry Reid and his colleagues in the ‘Cash 4 Cloture’ party will vote on this bill which will completely re-define health care in our country.

This bill will raise our taxes, raise our premiums, lower our standard of care, and most of all, violate our rights as U.S. citizens. We cannot allow this bill to pass, and if it does, it’s up to us to hold those who voted for it accountable in future elections.

Bernie Sanders, who was against the bill just a few days ago, is now all for it. Why?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), took credit for $10 billion in new funding for community health centers, while denying it was a “sweetheart deal.”

Ben Nelson of Nebraska sold his soul to Scary Harry for the right price as well.

Nelson and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) carved out an exemption for non-profit insurers in their states from a hefty excise tax. Similar insurers in the other 48 states will pay the tax.

Ben Nelson’s constituents won’t be paying that excise tax. The rest of us are royally screwed. Thanks Ben!

It doesn’t stop there.

Vermont and Massachusetts were given additional Medicaid funding, another plus for Sanders and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Three states – Pennsylvania, New York and Florida – all won protections for their Medicare Advantage beneficiaries at a time when the program is facing cuts nationwide.

All of this came on top of a $300 million increase for Medicaid in Louisiana, designed to win the vote of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.

For months I have heard the term “moderate” Democrat, yet tonight I realize there is no such thing. Apparently all of the Democrats in the Senate are the same, some just know how to squeeze money from the Reid money tree.

Harry Reid actually thinks bribing senators for their votes is what legislating is all about.

You’ll find a number of states that are treated differently than other states. That’s what legislating is all about. It’s compromise

He buys their votes for BILLIONS of dollars and he calls it compromise? If this much money changed hands with so few senators, can you imagine what the floor of the House is going to look like when they put the two bills together in conference?

I don’t think my wallet can take it.

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Passage, Productivity, Procedures, & Praise

Another day, another tumultuous day where DSL is concerned. Although the weather cleared up enough so it wasn’t foggy and the sun was trying to break through the clouds, a dark cloud hung over my internet connection. It’s okay though, because they will fix it. Eventually.

Today, for the first time ever, we saw Sandhill Cranes flying in formation. First we saw a group of 21 over the interstate and then farther down the road we saw approximately 300 of them flying on their journey south for the winter. They were too high in the sky for decent photos, but it sure was nice watching them.

Thought #1

If, and that’s a big if, this health care bill passes the Senate, how exactly does Harry Reid expect to reconcile the Senate version with the House version?

The Senate version doesn’t prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, the House version does. The Senate version might not contain a public option, the House version does. These are some pretty big obstacles to overcome in the road to reconciliation in conference.

It might not matter though, since Democrat support for the bill is waning as well.

Former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean argued Wednesday that the health care overhaul bill taking shape in the Senate further empowers private insurers at the expense of consumer choice — a claim the White House rejected.

“This is an insurance company’s dream,” the former Democratic presidential candidate said. “This is the Washington scramble, and it’s a shame.”

Dean argued that the Senate’s health care bill would not prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage for preexisting conditions and he also said it would allow the industry to charge older people far more than others for premiums.

Oops. Where is Scary Harry going to find the 60 votes now?

Hat Tip: Vinny

Thought #2

Speaking of Vinny, you need to watch his latest episode of IT.tv.

 
Thought #3

The debate over the heath care bill got interesting today when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a 767 page single-payer amendment to the bill. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) exercised his prerogative in the Senate and insisted that the bill be read, in its entirety, on the Senate floor.

The Senate clerk began reading the bill at noon and three hours later they were less than 150 pages into the bill. Realizing his amendment lacked the votes to pass, he withdrew the amendment and then berated Republicans for bringing Senate business to a halt.

I applaud the Republicans, especially Tom Coburn for doing so. Without their dedication to stopping this bill, the Democrats would be rolling through with steam rollers killing the American way of life and ushering an era of socialism that would destroy our country forever.

Thought #4

When the author of the bill insists that no Senator can understand the health care bill, you know you have issues.

 

Max Baucus (D-MT) insulted every member of the Senate by claiming they do not have the mental capacity to understand the bill they are debating. What a moron.

Tom Coburn is one of only two doctors who serve in the U.S. Senate. Max Baucus is one of almost 60 morons who do the same.

Thought #5

Once again, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) makes me wish I lived in the 11th district of Michigan.

 

What a great summary of the Democrat controlled Congress. “Too costly, too crazy, too quickly…”

Thought #6

Time for my final thought of the day. Actually, it’s a question. What did you see or hear today that made you smile? This is what I saw.

 

Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
Langston Hughes

Wishes, Words, Weirdos, & Washouts

Thank God tomorrow is Friday!

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7

Thought #1

Do you still support the health care bill, which will eventually usher in the single payer system, that is being floated on Capitol Hill? Watch this.

Now. Tell me again how you support willingly giving up the very health care system that people around the world wish they had.

Thought #2

I wondered if Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) was happy with “negotiations” in the Senate regarding the health care bill. The latest version uses mirrors to hide the public option behind a trigger, that, if pulled will usher in all of the public option goodness that Scary Harry and company want to force down the throat of the American people. So what did Joe have to say?

I’ve told them that I can’t support a trigger–no, actually, to be more explicit: If they say that it’s unlikely to be [pulled] then it’s unnecessary

All of the backroom negotiations in the world couldn’t hide that public option because Harry Reid forgot he was using a two-way mirror to hide it from us.

Thought #3

Kevin Jennings, President Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar”, has proven he is anything but safe when it comes to our nation’s children or anything to do with our nation’s schools.

On Saturday, it was discovered that Kevin Jennings’ organization GLSEN sponsored a youth conference at Tuft’s University in March 2000. This conference was fully supported by the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Safe Schools Program, the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, and some of the presenters even received federal money. An undercover journalist with Mass Resistance was at the conference and recorded a couple of the workshops. During one of the conference workshops an activist asks 14 year-old students, “Spit or swallow?… Is it rude?”

It gets worse too, but you’re going to have to visit Big Government to read and listen to the rest. The next time you see someone from the Obama administration waving their fist in the air, remember what you’ve read.

Thought #4

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has proven once again that she is a complete moron.

Yes, you heard her correctly, she actually stood on the floor of the Senate and compared a woman’s reproductive health (aka abortion) to a man who uses Viagra.

What an idiot.

Souls, Sellouts, Scratches, & Storms

I had another busy day today.

Normally, I am quite organized. Everything on my desk is arranged just where I need it, so when I go looking for something I can find it quickly. After busting my butt all day today, do you think I could find my glasses? Nope. They were nowhere to be found. Until I looked in the mirror. Yes, it was a long day.

Thought #1

If you are Harry Reid, how do you get things done in Washington? You make back room deals and hide the truth as long as you can.

Democratic senators say they have a tentative deal to drop a government-run insurance option from health care legislation. No further details were immediately available.

In order for there to be details, there had to be someone willing to admit how much it took to sell their soul to the devil. You don’t really expect them to admit that, do you?

Thought #2

In light of recent exposure, I bet you thought federal funding for ACORN was dead, didn’t you?

Last night, defying the will of a bipartisan majority of the House and Senate, Democrats voted to allow the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to receive federal taxpayer dollars.

Last night, Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) offered an amendment during deliberations on the Democrats’ massive year-end appropriations bill to clarify the prohibition on federal funds going to ACORN or its subsidiaries. That amendment was shot down on a 5-9 party line vote as Republicans sided with taxpayers while Democrats stood with ACORN.

This is “the most open and ethical Congress in the history of the United States”, remember?

Thought #3

For the past few weeks, Harry Reid has made sure that the senate conducts business on Saturdays. I’m sure this interfered with more than a few Senator’s plans. I wonder what would happen if Harry Reid had plans and wanted the weekend off?

Senators and staffers watched CSPAN breathlessly from their offices Wednesday evening as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated they might not have to work this weekend.

The Senate has been working at a breakneck pace (for the Senate) on the health reform legislation. Lawmakers worked all last weekend on Democrats’ health reform bill and they worked the Saturday before Thanksgiving and all signs indicated they would work this coming weekend too.

But Reid, who wants to get a healthcare bill finished by Christmas, urged Republicans on the Senate floor to forego a debate on several conference reports this weekend in order to give Senators and staffers the weekend off.

Why on Earth would Scary Harry need the weekend off? What on Earth could be more important on Harry’s ‘to-do’ list, than health care? Oh that’s right, it’s payback time. Do you remember his “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” deal?

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., will host a fundraiser for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in New Orleans next month, an event that comes on the heels of Reid’s assistance getting Louisiana a windfall of Medicaid money in the health care reform bill.

It’s all about priorities, right?

Thought #4

Global Warming!!!

A massive storm buried much of the central United States in dangerous ice and snow Wednesday, stranding scores of motorists with massive drifts that shut down major roads and defeated plows.

Strong winds created drifts as high as 15 feet (4.6 meters) as the storm dropped as much as four feet of snow (1.2 meters) in some areas, said Pat Slattery, a spokesman for the National Weather Service.

Oh, sorry. I had a ‘Goraphobic’ moment there. I’ll recover in time for spring.