The most frightening part of this legislation isn't a specific part of the bill (although there are some pretty horrifying bits). What is really scary is the length this administration is willing to go to pass it. Not only are they sneaky and underhanded in their closed door crafting of this piece of....work...they are knowingly (he is, after all, a constitutional lawyer) violating the constitution in their brazen attempt to impose their will on the country.
Just how low are they willing to sink?
Well, first there is Bart Stupak's worthless piece of paper. He has been duped and will have sold his vote (and 8 or 9 others) for nothing. Executive orders are secondary to the law of the land, and the new law of the land after the Senate bill passes will be that abortions will receive federal funding. For what it's worth, he can always take the order, tear it into strips and take it with him on his next visit to the congressional washroom. That's about all it's good for.
And then there is the Slaughter Solution. Once it got the nic-name Demon Pass, though, it was done for. You have to hand it to them - those progressives sure do know a poisonous name association when they see one, don't they? It is, after all, their favorite tactic.
There are plenty of other shady deals and misinformation in the creation and attempted sale of this bill of goods - far too many to mention. But it seems that even after all of their other little schemes have been discovered, they are still trying. Former PA republican senator Rick Santorum mentioned a really shady piece of information about the House reconciliation bill during his interview with Greta Van Susteren.
According to Mr. Santorum, the Budget Act of 1974 states that revenues slated for Social Security cannot be used for other programs. The current reconciliation has a provision for "rerouting" SocSec revenues into Medicaid. This would nullify the entire Reconciliation package. This means all of the promises that were made to persuade reluctant House democrats to fall on their swords was nothing but hot air.
Senate Republicans have been attempting to meet with Leader Reid and the Senate Parliamentarian to get some sort of resolution to this situation before the House votes. So far they have been unable to get a meeting.
After listening to Santorum explain the deception, Van Susteren asked, "Could they be that diabolical?"
Let's let Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) answer that one, shall we?
They certainly have learned their Alinsky well, haven't they?
There is always the hope that Stupak and House Dems in general will realise they've been duped, but it's most likely this nightmare is going to pass.
After this, there is still debate in the Senate, but only on the reconciliation package - the main Senate bill will be the law of the land. If the reconciliation is voted down or nullified in some way, there is absolutely no doubt that Obama will sign the Senate bill into law without the "fixes". That might just be even worse. The whole point of Senate republicans making this public is an attempt to have wavering dems rethink their vote. Odds are good that they won't.
It's not over 'til the fat lady sings, but you can hear her warming up in the wings, and she'll probably be singing a dirge.