That’s the question I keep coming back to, as it becomes more and more and more apparent–not that it wasn’t already abundantly clear–that the Democratic Party leadership is prepared to pay any price and bend any rule and destroy any career necessary to bring about whatever procedural nightmare will equate to passage of their radical health care reform agenda.
A brand new headline from the Washington Post, just crossing the computer a little while ago, informs us that the “House May Try to Pass Senate Health-Care Bill Without Voting On It.” I can’t help but wonder if it’s even news anymore.
First of all, we knew about this possibility more than a few days ago. “Deeming” the Senate bill passed in the House was part of the aptly-named “Slaughter Solution,” which did little more than provide concerned Americans and sneaky liberals alike with a crash course in parliamentary procedure last week. And, as far as I recall, the process was essentially killed in action by the Senate Parliamentarian, which held that the House must pass the Senate version of the bill in order for it to proceed forward.
But that’s not why I asked that question at the beginning. That’s not why I wonder aloud whether any of us are really surprised anymore.
When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi notes, in the Washington Post piece, that she prefers the “deem and pass” rule because “it would politically protect lawmakers who are reluctant to publicly support the measure,” Pelosi is admitting that the American people simply do not want what her party is shoveling. When Pelosi says that the tactic is “more insider and process-oriented than most people want to know,” it’s because the American people simply want the sunshine and transparency promised to them by this president and by Nancy Pelosi herself. And when she says that she likes the tactic “because people don’t have to vote on the Senate bill,” she is overtly spitting in the face of the founders of this nation, who carefully crafted the procedures by which legislation large and small becomes law.
But, again, I ask: Are we really surprised anymore?
After all, when Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana wavered when faced with an important procedural vote on health care reform, the Democrats paid her off by including $300 million in aid to her state. When Ben Nelson of Nebraska threatened to stonewall the bill over abortion-related language–among other things–rather than fixing the language, Democrats made sure that each of the other 49 states paid for Nebraska’s Medicaid obligation. Then, we hear that the White House offered my congressman, Joe Sestak, a sweet administration gig–possibly the Secretary of the Navy position–in exchange for his abandoning his bid for Arlen Specter’s Senate seat, followed by the news that the president appointed to a judicial position the brother of an on-the-fence congressman.
Why should we be surprised that Nancy Pelosi is acknowledging that her legislation cannot get support from either congressional democrats OR the American people? Why should we be surprised that she will look for a possibly unconstitutional, definitely improper procedural loophole to use in the process of ramming said legislation down our throat?
You know, as a guy who runs a Web site like America’s Right, I look at an article like the one in question and think to myself: “Gee whiz, Jeff … is there even any value in pointing out that Nancy Pelosi has, yet again, shown that she simply does not care what America thinks?” And part of me says “no.” Part of me believes that, for Nancy Pelosi, disregarding the will of the American people comes as naturally as breaking campaign promises does for this president. The other part of me, however, cannot help but draw attention to it all. Its maddening.
So, are we really surprised anymore? Of course not. Are we outraged? Absolutely.
And that’s why I like Paul Ryan’s take on it all: