Update, 12:30 PM: If you have the same experience as I did, you’ll find the voice mail in Senator Bennet’s D.C. office to be full. Then go ahead and call the regional office near you. You’ll likely talk to a tired-sounding staffer who will take your message in opposition to the Baucus health care bill and the vote to proceed, along with your ZIP code. It’s that simple. Now is the time to speak up.
Writing over at Red State, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) shines light on the deceptive approach he believes Harry Reid and the Senate Democrat leadership will take to ram their government health care takeover through:
To begin debate on this new version of Obamacare, Reid will play a shell game. He needs 60 senators to “vote to proceed” to an unrelated piece of legislation, and once he clears that hurdle he will strike that bill’s text and insert his new health care bill. But don’t be fooled by senators that will say they oppose a government takeover but just wanted to allow debate on health care, they are not being honest.
The simple fact is this: Any senator that votes to proceed to the Reid-Obama bill is voting for a government takeover of health care.
Fellow Coloradans, please call the office of appointed U.S. Senator Michael Bennett — already having great reason to fear his own chances of being elected in 2010 — at 202-224-5852. Tell him to oppose the “vote to proceed,” or it will be considered a vote in favor of government rationing, higher taxes and further encroachments on our liberty.
Meanwhile, if the Senate doesn’t get the 60 votes to proceed, they may try to force through parts of Obama Care by abusing the budget reconciliation process. Connie Hair at Human Events breaks it down (H/T Rossputin), and suggests that a lot may come down to the nonpartisan Senate Parliamentarian Alan Frumin.
Don’t imagine little things like the Constitution, rules, procedures, honesty, open government, or the deeply-held views of a majority of Americans will get in the way of Obama, Pelosi and Reid’s schemes — not unless we expose the schemes and bring to bear the pressures of politicians’ own electoral fate on their actions supposedly on our behalf.
D.C. Democrat leaders appear bent on upping the ante in this debate. Liberty-loving Americans need to respond in kind.