Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is making the rounds again. She appeared on Sunday on TV, where she gave herself an ‘A’ for effort over last’s legislative accomplishments. She even thinks the Tea Party movement and her are on the same page! Nancy? Are you serious??? This gal is totally out to lunch. The only time she should be let out of a straight jacket is for basket weaving class, and even then she should still wear a muzzle!
Health care is back on the plate this week, or should I say, still on the plate. It’s been there for how long now? Ten? Twelve months? I’ve lost count. Dr. Obama is said to be releasing yet another scheme on Thursday. Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, is preparing to cajole her House Democrat caucus to adopt the Senate version of health care and then force the Senate to vote using reconciliation for adding pet items that Pelosi wants.
Reconciliation was originally conceived by 1974 to deal with budgetary minutia. It’s a procedural method allowing the Senate to pass minor changes by a simple majority vote and prevent filibusters from delaying votes. But, as with all things in Washington, it was abused. Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) put an additional rule on the use of reconciliation in 1985 to limit it’s use to those items with terms of 10 years or less. In 1993, President Clinton wanted to use reconciliation to pass his health care initiative, but Byrd objected saying it was out of bounds.
George W. Bush used reconciliation for passing his tax cuts, which is why they were scheduled to end after 10 years, to fall within the Byrd Rule.
Obama, Pelosi and Harry Reid are planning on using it now for their complete overhaul of the nation’s health care system. Despite having large enough majorities to pass it the normal way last year, a lack of leadership and prevailing corruption led it’s failure. The American people have voiced their opposition, which has been building steadily since last summer. A recent CNN poll shows barely 25% support the Democrat legislation. An equal number want it trashed and most of the rest want a whole new reform bill started over from scratch. Oddly enough, a recent Rasmussen poll shows only 25% think that Washington has any legitimacy. The rest think our leaders are completely on the wrong track.
This does not bode well at all for us. Washington is taking us down a course which will end in disaster. There is simply no way that Obama and the Democrats can add 30 million people to the health care system and reduce deficit spending. The Democrats have become a party of lunatics. Their new symbol ought to be the Moonites, those crazy bad guys from Cartoon Network’s “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”. Obama and Pelosi make about as much sense as Ignignokt and Err!