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No hope for change? ^ | March 21, 2010 | Paul Jacob

Posted on 03/21/2010 7:51:29 AM PDT by Kaslin

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on health care legislation. Sorta.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s goal is to pass the Senate bill and send it to the president for his signature. But the House will not vote on that Senate bill. No. Certainly not.

Instead, through a tricky little parliamentary maneuver called “deem and pass,” the House will simply deem the Senate legislation to have passed, without voting to pass it. This sophomoric dodge has reportedly been used before. (Why is there congressional precedent for every rotten legislative scam imaginable?)

But heavens, no self-respecting person would be caught voting for the Senate health care bill. It stinks to high heaven with odorous items like the Louisiana Purchase, the sweetheart deal funneling $300 million in federal Medicare funds to the Sportsman’s Paradise to secure Senator Mary Landrieu’s vote, and the Cornhusker Kickback, which plied Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson with the inspiration necessary to convert to the “reform” side.

Of course, the Cecil B. length and DeMille scope of this mountain of sausage means no one has much of a handle on what’s actually in it. Speaker Pelosi embraced the congressional game of hide-and-seek, arguing that “we have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.”

It’s sort of like choosing what’s behind Monte Hall’s Door No. 3 on Let’s Make a Deal — and then waiting to discover whether you’ve just won three goats or the new washer-dryer set.

The best bet is: Two lame nannies and a dead billy.

House members understandably don’t want to vote on the Senate’s demon seed for the very reasons recorded votes are desirable in the first place: Voters might hold legislators accountable.

But the Senate health care bill must be passed. That’s the only way Democrats can enact changes to it through what’s termed “reconciliation” and avoid a likely Senate filibuster — meaning Senate passage would require only 51 votes as opposed to 60.

Hence the legislative three-card monte. Enjoy the skillful demonstration of American politics.

This is how Washington thinks. And behaves. No wonder the health care push has not generated majority public support.

Throughout the 14-month march to this point, our nation’s leaders have consistently deemed the genuine opposition to the bill from a majority of everyday Americans to be rather unimportant. Not worth addressing.

Instead, as if channeling Dan Rather, President Barack Obama and Speaker Pelosi counsel “courage” to their voting-card wielding minions. This means the bravery to ignore what the public thinks of the legislation. Not, certainly, the courage to resist political threats or promises or even the apparently Disneyish allure of a plane ride on Air Force One.

There’s something not altogether straightforward about this.

In fact, the process of moving the health care measure through Congress has been so unseemly that now Democrat leaders are urging folks to look past that to see the substance.

The substance? The legislation authorizes the federal Congress to reach into the life of every individual and business in every state and to force each of us, or our employers, to buy health insurance.

That’s not so popular, either.

Political regulation of medicine has created much of the current problem. Nearly 3,000 pages more hardly seems the solution.

But whatever happens with today’s vote and whatever else lurks in page after page of dense legalese, we have learned something: Nothing has changed in Washington.

Confronted by the cold, hard reality of a corrupt process, after having promised a different way of operating, Obama admitted, “Yes, I have said that is an ugly process. It was ugly when Republicans were in charge; it was ugly when Democrats were in charge.”

Yes, Washington is rotten. It has been for as long as anyone cares to remember. And now, after just a year, Obama has no plans to challenge this dysfunctional status quo. He argues, in effect, that we should not worry our pretty little heads about the ugly behavior of the men and women behind the curtain.

One year of the presidency has changed his slogan from “Yes, we can” to “Let’s not bother.” Honesty, transparency, accountability? Not from Congress, certainly, and no longer a priority in the administration.

All he really offers is just more inefficient government.

More of the same, in other words. The only difference may be that now it’s a lot more of the same.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial

1 posted on 03/21/2010 7:51:29 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Is this current? I thought they nixed demon pass yesterday.

2 posted on 03/21/2010 7:54:32 AM PDT by outofstyle (Anti-socialist)
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To: Kaslin

I thought Deem and Pass was out the window.

3 posted on 03/21/2010 7:57:19 AM PDT by RockinRight (Obama Logic: Global Warming causes blizzards, and deficit spending balances budgets.)
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To: outofstyle

100 percent improvement in the quality of our elected leadership if a phonebook and a dart was the selection method.

Would result in a change from the current corrupt&incompetent to merely incompetent...a 100 pct improvement.

4 posted on 03/21/2010 7:58:37 AM PDT by OldArmy52 (Christmas 2009: Democrats give us Obama Cr*pCare, the t*rd that keeps on stinking.)
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To: Kaslin

It is far far worse than this autor imagines. Health care will be turned over to SEIU/ACORN. This is ALL about turning ove rthe economy to some union goons including govt unions, ACORN/SEIU you name it.

They will control your life and you will thank them for every little favor in their tyranny. The sheep will keep watching TV.

5 posted on 03/21/2010 7:59:34 AM PDT by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Kaslin

“Deem and Pass” was dropped yesterday! In fact, I believe Justice Stevens (Supreme Court Liberal) actually said ‘it was unconstituional” at one point....It was on the news for last 12-15 hours that it will be a ‘up and down vote’ with roll call vote so all can see who voted yes and who voted no.

6 posted on 03/21/2010 8:02:48 AM PDT by Kackikat (There is no such thing as a free lunch, because someone paid, somewhere.)
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To: Kaslin
Instead, through a tricky little parliamentary maneuver called “deem and pass,” the House will simply deem the Senate legislation to have passed, without voting to pass it. This sophomoric dodge has reportedly been used before

Wow, thanks for the heads-up. I hadn't heard that it was back on the table..

7 posted on 03/21/2010 8:04:57 AM PDT by Riodacat (Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: Riodacat
Is it back on the table? Everything I heard yesterday (Sat) said that it was off?

ANyone have a source (aside from this article which may be stale) saying that it ("deem and pass") is going to be used?

8 posted on 03/21/2010 8:30:07 AM PDT by zzeeman (Fighting to not be the amongst the last generation to enjoy freedom & liberty!)
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