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President Obama: "reconciliation" isn't

Reconciliation reduces the number of votes needed to pass legislation in the 100-seat Senate to a simple majority rather than the 60 required to overcome resistance to major bills. The tactic also limits debate to no more than 20 hours and imposes restrictions on amendments.

Bloomberg’s assessment of the “Reconciliation” tactic seems prett slippery in the context of a freely chosen representative legislature. See, from what I can tell, Senators & Representatives are freely elected by U.S. citizens so their voices are heard and their will known. Understandably, getting 60 people to agree on anything is a difficult proposition, especially in politics. I also believe that not every single issue ought to need 60%. Some measures are minor and should be passed with a simple majority, even a 50% plus one vote. On issues impacting a majority of voters, however, the 60% rule is good business from keeping a narrow minority from getting steamrolled.

“Reconciliation’ is a way of making those issues that require 60% into issues that only need 50%. Again, this is to keep minor issues from being sticking points for a stubborn minority. Any government or administration that was truly interested in the will of the people would choose this tactic carefully.

The administration and congressional Democrats are debating whether to use a parliamentary procedure called reconciliation to advance some of the biggest items on the president’s agenda… to raise taxes by $1 trillion, create a cap-and-trade system to rein in greenhouse-gas emissions, and overhaul health care without a single Republican vote.

President Obama doesn’t seem to care whether you or I or anyone else would support these issues. He and his cadre of radical legislators (Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, Frank, et. al.) think they know best and they will ram through as much stupid-minded legislation as they can get. Cap & Trade would effectively tax coal energy production out of existence. How would that effect you and I? Remember $4/gallon gasoline? That is how any coal heating would become.

What’s most frustrating is that I remember how President Bush was castigated for being an idealogue. In 2000 people were worried that he was going to be a religious crusader. Now, President Obama has become exactly what was railed against, and this story barely makes mention. President Obama is a radical practitioner of the mythical secularist religion of climate change and green earth governing nanny states. He pursues his agenda with religious fury, and his conquest can’t be subject to things like “what the people want.” He can’t be bothered by whether the people who will have to pay for this ridiculous, unpopular, unproven, even mythical (in the case of climate change) legislation are in favor of it.

Glenn Beck would point to the day on the horizon where we’re just told what is going to happen, and because the government is paying for our band-aids, we don’t say anything? Take a stand. Make a noise. Let’s go.

Call the White House at 202-456-111, e-mail and snail mail the president here. Tell him that RECONCILIATION will bring anything but, to America