Atlantans are going about their daily routines with one eye and one ear tuned to local and national TV to see which way the ball is bouncing from day to day on the health care bill.
It is kinda like making homemade soup. But a lot of good things in and it will be good; but keep on putting stuff in and it will be bad. Balance is needed in all areas of life; but it seems those folks in Washington have lost sight of what it means to be balanced when it comes to voting the way their states wish; but insist on going their own way no matter what. There should be a state vote before there is a congressional vote, huh?
Even those with a score card and political savvy cannot untangle the web that Congress continues to weave. Wasn’t it once said, ”Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive?” Sir Walter Scott indicated in that quote that the more lies you tell the more you get tangled up in them. Better tell the truth or have a good memory of the lies told.
Newt Gingrich has flat out said that Obama and his group have lied about the bill not covering taxpayer funded abortions. Others have as well. He said we have gone from passing bills without reading them to passing bills without voting on them. http://newt.org/ This reminds me of the Mama who hides the bad food and vitamins inside the good food when she tries to feed (deceive) her kids – she is hoping they won’t notice. It will taste just as bad; and then the good food is ruined.
That little attorney on Fox and Friends in the morning put it another way. He said it was like when kids clipped the coupon out of the back of a comic book to receive 10 CDs for 99 cents and then their folks got a bill for much larger sum because of the fine print and attachments connected to a subscription. Congress wants us to think we are getting one thing when in fact we will be getting another – with a huge bazillion price tag.
Newt also says that “During last the health summit, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid uttered a remarkably dishonest and, in retrospect, ironic statement, claiming that “nobody is talking about reconciliation” to pass the health bill.” Newt claims it had been widely discussed among Democrats when they feared they could not muster enough votes to get it passed.
If the President has lied about taxpayer funded abortions; and even once cent is spent of taxpayers’ money to pay for an abortion; will that make him eligible for impeachment? But how would you impeach a President who has all the team on his side?
Now they are considering something they call “deem and pass” which means it will not come to a vote on the floor. One thing is sure Nancy Pelosi will not let it come to the floor unless she is sure she had enough votes to pass the most controversial piece of legislature in our life time.
If it passes, Americans will just have to live with the mess and their consciences in the way they voted in the last elections. Many vow to rectify that come this November 2010.
Congressman Nathan Deal (R-Ga) is extending his retirement date by three weeks in order to vote against the health care bill. He is resigning in order to run for Governor of Georgia. In an article from Huffington Post he was quoted as saying,
“Just two days after I announced my intentions to leave Congress, the majority party stepped up the schedule for the proposed health care bill,” Deal said in a statement. “Having been deeply involved in all health care legislation for the past decade, I knew it was important to stay and vote down this bill.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/05/nathan-deal-retirement-ca_n_487512.html
Deal’s vote — “no” to the health care bill — means that Democrats will need to have 217 votes, rather than 216.
Now the question is will they need any votes? Could they just pass it into law without a vote?
The New York Times reported that:
“Indeed it could, through a little-known, but frequently-used procedure known as the ‘self-executing rule,’ also known as “deem and pass,”
Under deem and pass, which a Republican-led Congress in the 1990s used to raise the national debt ceiling, the House would vote only on the Senate’s changes to the House health care reform bill, and “deem” the health care bill to be passed.
Essentially, under deem and pass, lawmakers say “we agree with the changes, and the Senate’s bill is o.k. with us, so we deem it passed.”
Not surprisingly, Republicans are opposed to the ‘deem and pass’ option, asserting that it’s a parliamentary trick, but it’s not, and it’s highly unlikely they would be able to stop the maneuver, should House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) choose to use it.
That said, Congressional Democrats will probably use the conventional route: a full House vote on health care reform, possibly by as soon as this weekend. A Congressional Budget Office score of the bill’s impact on the budget deficit also is expected soon, and that will aid the decision making process of lawmakers. One thing is certain, House Speaker Pelosi will not allow a vote of any type on health care reform, and unless she’s sure she has the votes needed for passage.
So will people here in Atlanta stay glued to their TV to watch as each vote goes on the tote board or will it only be a formality since Ms. Pelosi will already know the outcome?