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Monday, March 22, 2010

WSJ Body Slams Dem Mockery Of Democracy

If watched that circus yesterday like many and myself you saw lawbreaking on Par with an Iraqi congress session which would still rank above that unconstitutional circus we witnessed from the Dim Dem ObamaCapone Gang pictured here on their way to heist America on a Sunday of all days.

Inside the Pelosi Sausage Factory

Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak sold his anti-abortion soul for a toothless executive order.

Last week Republican Rep. Mike Pence posted on his Facebook site that famous Schoolhouse Rock video titled 'How a Bill Becomes a Law.' It's clearly time for a remake.

Never before has the average American been treated to such a live-action view of the sordid politics necessary to push a deeply flawed bill to completion. It was dirty deals, open threats, broken promises and disregard for democracy that pulled ObamaCare to this point, and yesterday the same machinations pushed it across the finish line.

You could see it all coming a week ago, when New York Rep. Louise Slaughter let leak a breathtaking strategy whereby the House would not actually vote on the unpopular Senate bill. The House would instead vote on a 'reconciliation' fix to that bill, and in the process 'deem' the underlying legislation—with its Cornhusker kickbacks and Louisiana purchases—passed."

The Slaughter Solution was both blunt admission and warning. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not have 216 votes to pass the Senate bill, there never was going to be majority "support" for it, but they'd pass it anyway. The final days were a simple death watch, to see how the votes would be bought, bribed or bullied, and how many congressional rules gamed, to get the win. 

President Obama flew to Pennsylvania (home to five wavering House Democrats), Missouri (three wavering), Ohio (eight), and Virginia (four) to hold rallies with small, supportive crowds. In four days, Mr. Obama held 64 meetings or calls with congressmen. The goal was to let undecideds know that the president had them in his crosshairs, that he still had pull with the base, and he'd use it against them. By Saturday the tactic had yielded yes votes from at least half the previously undecided members of those states. 

As for those who needed more persuasion: California Rep. Jim Costa bragged publicly that during his meeting in the Oval Office, he'd demanded the administration increase water to his Central Valley district. On Tuesday, Interior pushed up its announcement, giving the Central Valley farmers 25% of water supplies, rather than the expected 5% allocation. Mr. Costa, who denies there was a quid pro quo, on Saturday said he'd flip to a yes

Florida Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (whose district is home to the Kennedy Space Center) admitted that in her own Thursday meeting with the president, she'd brought up the need for more NASA funding. On Friday she flipped to a yes. So watch the NASA budget. 

Democrats inserted a new provision providing $100 million in extra Medicaid money for Tennessee. Retiring Tennessee Rep. Bart Gordon flipped to a yes vote on Thursday.  continued


The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. H. L. Mencken

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