For the past several weeks, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has systematically bought off every Democrat member of the Senate who could possibly derail his crucial cloture vote on ObamaCare. When all the "bribes" were handed out, Reid had the required 60 votes to choke off debate in the middle of the night!
++Chicago on the Potomac
Honest Americans have been nauseated as we have watched:
** Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) get $300 million in extra federal spending for her state in what critics derisively called "The Louisiana Purchase."
** Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) break the hearts of pro-life Americans by accepting a deal exempting his state from any new Medicaid costs and several other long-term perks. Nelson's purchase has been dubbed the "Cornhusker Kick Back." (Like all of us Nebraskans are a bunch of moochers looking to force the rest of the country to pay for our Medicaid expansion!)
** Many other bribes and "special provisions" affecting the states of Vermont, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Michigan, Florida, and Connecticut - you can easily associate each bought-and-paid-for senator's name with their state by reviewing recent news feeds.
But perhaps most painful of all was watching a condescending, smug Harry Reid justifying his corrupt acts by suggesting it is every senator's DUTY to get pay-offs for their votes! "If they don't have something in it important to them, then it doesn't speak well of them," Reid said in a post-cloture interview. (Condoning the pork that Obama condemned?!)
So much for the integrity of the United States Senate!
The liberal congressional leadership and the Obama White House arm twisters have drug our nation down to the level of a cheap banana republic!
++On top of the corruption, ObamaCare is unconstitutional
If you wondered why Harry Reid has been rushing his 2,074-page bill and its 383-page "Manager's Amendment" through in the middle of the night with just hours to read them, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and his staff found at least one answer...
Right there on page 1,020, the tyrannical Senate majority insists that no future Congress can repeal or otherwise amend the section on "Independent Medical Advisory Boards."
You will probably remember that socialists mocked Governor Sarah Palin for calling such independent boards "death panels." Yet Governor Palin was absolutely correct in her assessment - what else would you call boards with the power to grant or deny life-saving care using some "cost-benefit" formula?
Carefully hidden away in Reid's version of ObamaCare is a section that gives these boards far more power and permanence than the Constitution allows to ANY government entity!
Thankfully, Senators Jim DeMint and John Ensign (R-NV) raised a "Constitutional Point of Order" on the Senate floor yesterday concerning these "Advisory Boards." The Senate cannot pass a law that can never be repealed by a future Senate. How ridiculous is the thought? Sen. Reid is acting like a dictator!
They also called Reid out on the ObamaCare "Personal Mandate" that every American must buy insurance or face criminal charges.
Please pray that Senators DeMint and Ensign won't be slapped down by the newly purchased 60-vote super-majority!
Harry Reid's version of ObamaCare (H.R. 3590) and its "Manager's Amendment" are unconstitutional because:
1) Congress has NO authority to force every American to carry insurance coverage, and,
2) Congress has NO authority to fine employers whose policies do not have the mandated coverage.