Morning Briefing for December 17, 2009

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For December 17, 2009

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1. Senate Democrats Subvert the Rules of Order

We can only hope the Senate Republicans learned their lesson today.As so many of us have tried to tell Mitch McConnell for weeks and weeks and weeks, the Senate GOP must throw everything they can at killing the health care bill. Instead, we have seen the Senate Republicans working collaboratively with the Democrats on a series of messaging amendments that no one has paid attention to.Finally, Senator Tom Coburn decided to fight. Yesterday, Senator Sanders of Vermont introduced a 700+ page amendment and asked for unanimous consent that the reading of the amendment be dispensed with.Senator Coburn objected.The Clerk began to read the amendment.But then something curious happened — something that violates the sacrosanct nature of the Senate’s rules; rules so inviolable that until yesterday neither Democrat nor Republican ever risks crosses the rules in over 200 years.In short, the Democrats have now crossed the rubicon and conservatives are left telling Mitch McConnell, “I told you so.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Sen. Baucus Admits Senators Don’t Understand the Bill

As noted above, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) objected to the the unanimous consent request that the “reading of the amendment be dispensed with” when Senator Bernie Sanders’ (admitted Socialist – VT) single-payer amendment (SA#2837), totalling 767 pages, was called up. It is notable that there are two co-sponsors: Sherrod Brown and Roland Burris.BUT, it’s gets even better.Right before he did that, Senator Coburn asked unanimous consent for an amendment that would, in effect, certify that all Senators have read and understand the bill.Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) objected. The specific excange, notable in its absurdity, can be seen here. The specific text follows, and you can see a general summary of today’s floor proceedings here.Money quote from Senator Baucus: I THINK IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CERTIFY THAT ANY SENATOR FULLY UNDERSTOOD [the health care bill].Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Michael Moore To Boycott Constitution

On Twitter, Michael Moore blamed the people of Connecticut for killing hundreds of thousands of Americans. Why? Because they elected Joe Lieberman to the Senateo who has delayed the public option. Moore demands the people of Connecticut start a recall effort or Moore will organize a boycott of Connecticut.There is just one problem. Recall laws as applied to members of Congress are unconstitutional.What’s even better is Moore has an article at his own website, a repost of a Politico article, featuring a Connecticut state legislator calling for Lieberman’s ouster. The article, on Moore’s own website, points out that recall is not possible under the constitution.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. House Democrats Go Turtle

Via The Hill comes this remarkable piece indicating that Nancy Pelosi is throwing up the white flag in a last-ditch effort to save the Democrat Majority from summary pummeling in 2010. She will not make the House of Representatives vote on any controversial matter unless the Senate goes first.For those who aren’t keeping track, given the total failure of the Senate to accomplish anything on Obama’s legislative agenda other than throw tons of money in the direction of Wall Street Bankers, Pelosi’s decision here comes as a complete surrender of any hope of advancing the liberal agenda. Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. The Trillion Dollar President’s Latest Gaffe

“President Obama told ABC News’ Charles Gibson in an interview that if Congress does not pass health care legislation that will bring down costs, the federal government “will go bankrupt.”I see, we need to spend $2.5 trillion on a government take-over of health care — or the U.S. will go bankrupt?Uh, huh. It is like the skit from Saturday Night Live — the trillion dollar man says he is worried about debt, but all he does is spend money.Amateur hour continues at the White House.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. The Big Energy Lie

The Big Energy Lie goes something like this:The United States has only 2-3% of the world’s oil reserves, but consumes 25% of global production.Those words have been uttered by our Dear Leader as well as his Secretaries of Energy and Interior. The idea justifies “progressive” Administration policies ranging from “green jobs” to Cap and Trade to foreign affairs.And they are deliberately designed to mislead.Let’s study the fraction that results in that paltry 2-3% number.Please click here for the rest of the post.