As the snow falls, Democrats gather 60 votes and prepare for a crucial vote at 1:00 a.m. on Monday.
Well, finally finished with law school exams, this Auburn alum has packed his bags and is writing to you from Athens, GA. While we’re here for a wedding, being able to leave Philadelphia before the first snowflake fell and return after the last street is plowed was certainly an added bonus.
I’ve felt for a while that, because this is our last winter up in the frozen northeast, Mother Nature would give us one to remember. In other words, I wouldn’t be able to sell my snowblower in May without having to use it a few more times. This weekend, she threw a right hook and we ducked out of the way — next time, I guarantee you we won’t be as lucky.
Waking up after more than four hours of sleep for the first time in about two weeks, however, I flipped on the television in our hotel room this morning to find that Harry Reid and his flunkies on Capitol Hill had thrown a left hook, and hit every American square in the jaw. Sen. Ben Nelson has apparently been bribed with expanded Medicaid funding to his home state of Nebraska, much in the same way his counterpart from Louisiana was wooed with $300 million in aid sent to her own.
The Weekly Standard points out that Nelson has agreed to abortion funding in at least 13 states. South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, through the magic of Twitter, noted that Nelson has “caved,” and that he is “choosing to stand with Obama & Reid instead of with his state and the nation.” He also noted that, “if this takeover becomes law, we must send new Republicans to DC in 2010 to repeal this unconstitutional power grab.” I couldn’t agree more.
Not only is this bill patently unconstitutional, but it’s also exceedingly unpopular with the American people. A vast majority of people, a larger majority than that which voted Barack Obama into office a little more than a year ago, simply do not want the Democrats to proceed with this brand of reform. And the Democrats know this — why else would they proceed with votes as the Christmas holiday approaches?
It funds abortion, it imposes financial burdens on states already struggling with Medicaid payments, it will increase premiums, increase taxes, and increase our national debt. Together with the $1.1 trillion spending bill passed a few days ago, the Democrats have passed $2 trillion in brand new spending in the last few weeks of the year, as the people who elected them are more focused on the pending holiday, on travel, on family, on finishing up at work before finally going home to egg nog and crackling fireplaces.
This bill is a nightmare, and that’s why the Democrats are doing their best Bela Lugosi and working under the dark of night. That’s why the critical cloture vote will come at 1:00 a.m. on Monday. They’re banking on America looking the other way, and for those who are paying attention, they’re banking on obfuscation and confusion to pave the way for bigger government.
Call your senators this weekend. Call all of their home offices. Call their offices in Washington, D.C. Call Ben Nelson’s office. Call Joe Lieberman’s office. Call Mary Landrieu and Blanche Lincoln. Tell them that it is absolutely disgusting that they would ram this legislation, which fundamentally changes one-sixth of the American economy, through over the weekend and in the dark of night on the weekend before Christmas. Tell them that their days on Capitol Hill are numbered.
CALL! CALL! CALL! I’ve done so from my mobile phone, and I’ll be doing so again between wedding-related events this weekend. And when I return to Philadelphia on Monday–at least that’s the plan–we’re going to kick things into high gear.
It should be pointed out that, while our president was busy putting together a deal on the farce that is global warming, and while Harry Reid was busy on Capitol Hill plotting the destruction of the American health care system and economy, Mother Nature decided to make Washington, D.C. the epicenter of a historic December snowstorm. Not Burlington. Not Boston. Not Philadelphia. I’m certainly no theologian, but just as this nation was founded by the hand of Providence, it seems to me as though God is trying to give us a hint as to how to maintain it.