The talk in Washington is that Senate Democrats are preparing to push through health care reforms using parliamentary procedures that will allow a simple majority to prevail in their chamber, as it does in the House, instead of the 60 votes needed to overcome the filibuster that Senate Republicans are sure to mount.
With the death of Senator Edward Kennedy, the Democrats do not have the votes just among their 57 members (and the two independents) to break a filibuster, and not all of these can be counted on to vote in lock step. If the Democrats want to enact health care reform this year, they appear to have little choice but to adopt a high-risk, go-it-alone, majority-rules strategy.
We say this with considerable regret because a bipartisan compromise would be the surest way to achieve comprehensive reforms with broad public support. But the ideological split between the parties is too wide — and the animosities too deep — for that to be possible.
In recent weeks, it has become inescapably clear that Republicans are unlikely to vote for substantial reform this year. Many seem bent on scuttling President Obama’s signature domestic issue no matter the cost. As Senator Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina, so infamously put it: “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”
You really have to go read the rest of this article. The words “Majority Rule on Health Care Reform” struck me. Majority of what? If the writer meant that the democrats have the balance of power then in their mind I guess that can construed as a “majority”.
No where in the op-ed did the writer mention our representative democracy. Representative democracy is a form of government founded on the principle of elected individuals representing the people, as opposed to either autocracy or direct democracy.
A “majority” of the people are opposed to Obamacare, specifically HR 3200 as written. I have read the bill. It is an afront to American’s liberty. By it’s very nature it is an over reaching, poorly written piece of legislation. Many congress people have said in no uncertain terms. “I am voting YES on healthcare reform weather my constituents want it or not.”
When the congress stops listening to the people that have elected them then we no longer have a representative democracy, we have an illiberal democracy.
In an illiberal democracy freedom of speech and freedom of assembly are attacked and make opposition extremely difficult. We have seen this at the healthcare townhalls. The media carries the water for the socialists in this healthcare debate. Any dissent has been squashed.
Everyone talks about 2010. How will the elections be free & open if groups like ACORN (which receive federal funding) are buying votes?
I was listening to Michele Bachmann on the Mark Levin show the other day. She was saying if this was a bet and she was in Vegas – she is pretty sure the house will ram something through, against the wishes of the American people.
And now the ghost of Ted Kennedy will be urging all those blue dogs to win one in his memory.
I don’t have to post the stats on why Socialized healthcare won’t work. I don’t have to post why tort reform is not in this bill. I don’t have to post the hours & hours of townhall videos showing American’s expressing their displeasure with this bill, their congress and their president.
I leave you with this:
1. The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775 – you have had 234 years to get it right; it is broke.
2. Social Security was established in 1935 – you have had 74 years to get it right; it is broke.
3. Fannie Mae was established in 1938 – you have had 71 years to get it right; it is broke.
4. The “War on Poverty” started in 1964 – you have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor”; it hasn’t worked and our entire country is broke.
5. Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965 – you’ve had 44 years to get it right; they are broke.
6. Freddie Mac was established in 1970 – you have had 39 years to get it right; it is broke.
7. Trillions of dollars were spent in the massive political payoffs called TARP, the “Stimulus”, the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009… None show any signs of working, although ACORN appears to have found a new sucker – the American taxpayer.
8. And finally, to set a new record: ”Cash for Clunkers” was established in 2009 and went broke in 2009! It took cars (that were the best some people could afford) and replaced them with high-priced and less-affordable cars, mostly Japanese. A good percentage of the profits went out of the country. And the American taxpayers take the hit for Congress’ generosity in burning three billion more of our dollars on failed experiments.
So with a perfect 100% failure rate and a record that proves that “services” you shove down our throats are failing faster and faster, you want Americans to believe you can be trusted with a government-run health care system?
20% of our entire economy?
With all due respect,
Are you crazy, are you just stupid, or do you just think that we are crazy or stupid?