You can almost hear Democratic Senator Max Baucus pouting in a high-pitched, whiny voice: “It’s too ha-ard….” What, you ask, is too hard for one of the 100 most powerful people in Washington DC, who supposedly represents the people of the great state of Montana, and nearly all of his Democratic colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee?
A proposal by Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., that would have required the Senate Finance Committee to post the final language of the $900 billion health care reform bill, as well as a Congressional Budget Office cost analysis, on the committee’s website for 72 hours prior to a vote was rejected 12-11….
Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., himself admitted that “This probably sounds a little crazy to some people that we are voting on something before we have seen legislative language.” Indeed.
Baucus’ excuse – that it would take his committee staff two weeks to post the bill online – sounds a little crazy too. Finance Committee members are the only ones who vote based on the “plain English” version of a bill, not the legally-binding language.
How much more proof do we need out there that Congressional Democrats are trying to shove down our throats an intensely unpopular expansion of government control over one-sixth of our nation’s economy? Obama Care and Democrats at their finest.
It’s almost like they completely missed the whole point of the August Town Hall revolt. They must be rushing ahead because they know that fear for their own political peril will only grow with each passing week that brings us closer to the 2010 election.
Since neither of our senators, Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, is on the Finance Committee, don’t you want to know where they stand on openness and transparency in this health care debate? And based on his track record of broken transparency promises, I wouldn’t exactly count on President Obama at least ensuring the American people get a few days to review the bill online.
Given the Obama administration’s anti-democratic push in the Honduras and the adulation he’s receiving from tyrannical thugs Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Moammar Gadhafi (for sending our taxpayer dollars to the foundations of Gadhafi’s children?), trying to rush a government health care takeover through Congress under the guise of reform should hardly surprise anyone who has been paying attention.
Won’t you join me in continuing to raise our voices to say: “NO WAY!”