Reconciliation: the Dems' "Nuclear Option"
By Henry Lamb
A few years ago, the Democrats were in the minority in Washington. They took great delight in using the 60-vote filibuster rule to prevent President Bush's judicial nominations from ever coming to the floor for a vote. The Republicans threatened to change the rules so judicial nominations and Presidential appointees could get approved or rejected with a simple majority vote. Democrats went absolutely ballistic. The threat was dubbed "The nuclear option."
Dianne Feinstein said:
Then-Senator Obama said:
It's a different story, now that the Democrats are the majority party. Now, however, the issue is not simply whether judicial nominees and Presidential appointments should require 51 or 60 votes. The issue now is by-passing the filibuster rule so that the health care system - 17 percent of the entire economy - can be handed over to the government by a simple majority vote rather than the 60 votes required by the current filibuster rules.
Five years ago, Democrats believed that by-passing the filibuster would destroy the government.
Five years ago, Senator Schumer believed:
Then-Senator Joe Biden said:
What irony. If the Democrats proceed with their version of the nuclear option, it will be none other than Joe Biden who will make it happen. As President of the Senate, he is the only person who can overrule the Parliamentarian who will have to recommend the removal of all policy matters from the bill. There's wisdom in the old adage "be careful what you pray for."
This "naked power grab" the Democrats are trying to exercise is far worse than anything the Republicans ever threatened. The so-called "reconciliation" process is a special rule authored by Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, exclusively for the event that the House and the Senate could not agree on a budget bill.
Democrat Senators Byrd and Kent Conrad have disavowed the reconciliation process as a means to pass the massive health care bill.
Then-Senator Hillary Clinton said:
Hillary was talking about then-President Bush, who only wanted an up or down vote on his judicial nominees. How perfectly appropriate are her comments - now applied to Obama - who wants to "…ignore the way our system has worked, the delicate balance we have obtained that has kept this Constitutional system going…" and ram through this take-over of the entire health care system.
Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid's comments are also appropriate:
Perhaps Senator Baucus' comments are most appropriate:
The Democrat's rampage against the Republican threat to bypass the filibuster rule can be seen here.
The Marxist majority in Washington is determined to take control over health care. They want it all, now. If they can't get it all, they will take whatever they can get now, and come back and back and back again, until they get the entire economy under government control. This is the obvious goal of this administration and of the Democrat leadership. This end justifies any means for these people.
For the rest of the people, this means an end to the arrogance of Democratic power in November.