Senate dems are moving toward a 9 p.m. Christmas Eve passage of the Harry Reid health care bill. Reid has just added a massive "manager's" amendment to the bill, which incorporates the various back-room deals (i.e. bribes and extortions) necessary for him to get 60 Senate dems to vote for his monstrosity of a health care "reform" bill. (The myriad problems and dangers of this bill were very well detailed today on the Wall Street Journal's editorial page (link below)). No one will have a chance to fully digest this amendment before the bill is voted upon Thursday night. Nope -- The dems are just gonna ram this gargantuan piece of legislation right down our throats. And it will likely be very close to what they give Obama to sign because too many subsequent changes, based on the House dems' version of this bill, will threaten to upset the apple cart (i.e. the 60 Senate ass-clowns, including Joe Lieberman, who support this piece of crap legislation).
Never before in American history has such a sweeping piece of legislation (which will seize one-seventh of the American economy) been enacted on a purely party-line vote with no bipartisanship whatsoever. Never before in American history has a bill this significant been jammed through and into law without virtually anyone who voted for it having had an opportunity to fully read and digest it first. Never before in American history has a bill this historical been snuck through on Sunday post-midnight procedural votes and Christmas Eve night passage votes in order to limit the publicity with respect to legislation that a majority of Americans opposes.
If you've taken a look at this space a time or two before, you'll know that I enjoy going off on both extremes and both parties. But I cannot recall an instance in my life previously where one particular act of one of these parties threatened to ensure that I will never be able to give that party any benefit of the doubt, any trust or any support ever again. The dems came very close when they ram-rodded the Cap'n Trade through the House earlier this year after adding 300 pages of new amendments to the bill earlier that morning. And I think that for me, the proverbial "last straw" probably falls right around Christmas Eve 2009.