Now that both the House and Senate have passed health care reform bills, all Democrats have to do is work out a compromise between the two versions. And it appears they’re not about to let the Republicans gum up the works again.
According to a pair of senior Capitol Hill staffers, one from each chamber, House and Senate Democrats are “almost certain” to negotiate informally rather than convene a formal conference committee. Doing so would allow Democrats to avoid a series of procedural steps–not least among them, a series of special motions in the Senate, each requiring a vote with full debate–that Republicans could use to stall deliberations, just as they did in November and December.
“There will almost certainly be full negotiations but no formal conference,” the House staffer says. “There are too many procedural hurdles to go the formal conference route in the Senate.”
Yes, Republicans are sure to complain that they’re being excluded from deliberations. But given their repeated efforts to block not just reform but even mere votes on reform, it’s not clear why Democrats are obligated to include them in discussions anymore. (huffington post)
Well, there you have it folks. Complete incivility and complete dictatorship where opposition is not allowed because it annoys those in power.
The well of “cooperation” and “bi-partisanship” has been poisoned. Probably to it’s death.
On both sides.
From Joe Scarborough (a liberal commentator): Ask a Republican why they refuse to give President Obama the benefit of any doubt and they will tell you it is because of how badly Democrats treated George W. Bush. But Democrats justified those attacks against Bush by pointing to the terrible treatment that Republicans like myself gave Bill Clinton in the 1990s. Many Republicans who attacked Clinton without pause pointed back to the liberal establishment’s harsh, personal attacks against Clarence Thomas, Robert Bork, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon.
So this has been festering for a generation or two.
But now it’s boiled over.
And we the people are the ones that will be scalded by it.
From NY Times Blog: A couple of notes to address complaints about the Senate bill from the left and the center. (There’s no use addressing complaints from the right; in general, the safest thing when dealing with crazy people is to avoid eye contact.)
And if you didn’t take a Bribe to vote for the Health Care Reform bill, shame on you.
Meanwhile, senators who didn’t drive a hard bargain may have some explaining to do back home, as Reid suggested.
“If you’re going to cave, why get so little for your state in return?” the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s editorial page asked after Sen. Blanche Lincoln voted for the bill. “That ought to be the first question Arkansas voters ask Senator Lincoln when she comes around asking for our votes next year.”
So it’s all about Pork, that other white “political” meat.
Barack Obama inherited a $11 trillion national debt and his budget plans will double that debt over the next decade.
By the time the 44th president leaves office (if he ever does), his own administration admits that US debt will equal 100% of America’s GDP.
But al least you’ll have your government run Health Care.