Rob Andrews has finally revealed himself to be a committed leftist wolf prancing around in moderate sheep clothing.
As the House of Representatives was preparing to “deem” the healthcare bill from the senate passed today, along with a few slight tax and spending increases of course, New Jersey 1st Congressional District Congressman Rob Andrews was leading the fight. In fact so entrenched in this fight is Andrews, that he is frequently called one of the “big dogs” on healthcare by most House insiders.
Andrews, appearing on Fox News, told anchor Megyn Kelly that he was just fine with the “Slaughter rule” whereby the House would simply “deem” that the Senate bill had passed the House of Representatives, even though no such vote on the bill has been held. Asked point blank whether this newfangled “deeming” would be considered an honest “up or down vote” by Kelly, Andrews replied in the affirmative.
Of course, residents in New Jersey’s 1st Congressional district are beginning to look at their representative with new eyes as of late. As reported in a previous column, the Representative Andrews that appeared to a packed town hall meeting last August at Rowan University spoke of the public exchange and the public option as fostering competition and growth within the healthcare industry. Yet at the same time he recorded a radio interview on Air America with some deranged sobbing woman where he proclaimed that removing the for-profit element of healthcare and going to single payer was indeed “exactly the reason” why the public option was in the bill in the first place. And he should know, as the Andrews led Education and Labor Committee’s subcommittee on health, employment, labor, and pensions (HELP) was responsible for determining the role employers would play in the new system.
Taken together with statements by President Obama about this plan being but a “first step” to fundamentally transform the healthcare industry, and a history of comments indicating that Canada’s glorious socialist usurpation of the healthcare industry didn’t happen in one step, one should begin to see the writing on the wall.
For so many years Rob Andrews has appeared to many in the district as a moderate Democrat, one who would be willing to reach across the aisle and help craft common sense legislation. The past two years in particular have demonstrated that nothing could be further from the truth.
The town hall and Air America contrast demonstrated that the moderate persona so often adapted by Andrews is nothing more than a facade, political theater designed to neutralize any opposition to his eternal reign as our congressman. The Rob Andrews that we thought we knew is nothing but a carefully crafted fictional character. The true Rob Andrews is a far left ideologue working hard behind the scenes to advance a radical agenda. In the last year in addition to his co-sponsorship of the healthcare debacle, Andrews has also voted in support of the president’s radical “Cap and Trade” proposal. The proposal is designed to advance “green energy” but does nothing more than merely punish the taxpayer. President Obama has openly admitted on several occasions that, “under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” That’s right, “skyrocketing” bills in this economy. On purpose.
Similarly, Andrews and his pals in Congress have nefariously added additional taxes to the Senate healthcare bill as they prepared to “deem” it passed. Pressured from voters caused them to drop the “deem” scheme but not the extra taxes which will still be voted on in the House later today should the vote actually take place.
So desperate are they to pass this monstrosity that they are using Enron type tactics as Stephen Spruiell reported in the National Review make the bill seem at worst budget neutral and at best a deficit reducing program.
As an example, Andrews and his radical pals in Congress are planning on raising premiums and taxes immediately on the already hurting taxpayers and not fund their utopian entitlement fantasy until 2014. The announced numbers for the plan’s fiscal solvency are then deceptive. Taking 10 years of taxation and comparing it with only 6 years of funding the plan does not an apples to apples comparison make. The reality is that this entitlement, like every single one before it, will lose money hand over fist, and will not be sustainable by the nation’s economy within a few short years.
So taken together, Andrews’ positions on healthcare and Cap and Trade reveal the extent to which his leftist ideology goes. It takes a committed leftist ideologue to be willing to tax the snot out of an already hurting economy just to achieve his political agenda. Ask yourself where the common sense is in a proposal to increase tax burdens on individuals and businesses in an economy that has yet to rebound and a nation with double digit unemployment.
Andrews’ position that the now defunct “Slaughter Rule” is an appropriate way to pass legislation that most of America doesn’t want by also demonstrates the lengths to which he will go to pass his radical agenda.
The Constitutional mandate of Article I, Section VII, Clause II on bill passage states that:
“Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively…”
Yet, Mr. Andrews and his cohorts were willing to violate the Constitutional limits on their power and redefine how a bill becomes a law in order to advance their radical agenda against the will of the people. And although the “Slaughter Rule” is currently dead, it may not stop there. President Obama is not against using the same “Slaughter Rule” to pass Rob Andrews’ beloved Cap and Trade plan and other “transformational” (see also “unpopular” and “socialist”) legislation as well.
As if the newly revealed radical agenda and the nefarious unconstitutional means by which Rob Andrews and his allies are willing to appropriate in order to advance said agenda are not bad enough, they have iced the cake of their character with a healthy layer of arrogance and narcissism.
Even still as America revolts against Obamacare, we are still told by countless folks in Washington that we are just not smart enough to comprehend how brilliant their solution is. If we were, they assure us, we would realize that this bill will save us all. In other words, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.”
This folksy statement was made by Vice President Biden in a recent interview with ABC’s Jake Tapper. The Vice President followed up this remark with the assertion that “we will control the insurance companies.”
That doesn’t sound so much like fostering competition, but it does seem to fit like a glove with Andrews’ assertion to the Air America nutcase that this was all a plan to transform the healthcare industry into a single payer government run system. These words coming from the Vice President of an administration that has already taken control of most of the banking industry and a good portion of the automotive industry should make clear the true intention of Obamacare: further governmental usurpation of the private sector.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating indeed. Rob Andrews and his allies in Washington cannot be trusted. Their agenda, attitude and unconstitutional approach to governing render them unfit for office.
In November it will be time to spit this pudding out and start anew.