“And it would dash any fig leaf of bipartisanship for the agenda.”
That’s Mike Allen’s assessment of a proposed health-care and carbon-tax jam down via the Budget Resolution, an end-run around the Senate’s 60 vote rule, which has previously only been used for tax code changes impacting the budget, not major policy proposals like an overhaul of health care and cap-and-trade.
The Washington Post has the story here, and a long background on the Obama Administration’s health care debates is in the New Republic here.
The best argument against the jam down is in the dismal results of recent past jam throughs.
Last fall the Congress pushed through the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (“CSPIA”) which is causing the needless destruction of billions of dollars of goods and crippling whole industries. (Here’s my interview with CPSC Chair Nancy Nord on the CPSIA meltdown from last Friday.)
The stimulus bill itself had numerous screw-ups within it, hidden from view and correction because of the speed with which it was advanced.
The AIG bonuses are a result of carelessness and haste on the part of Team Obama.
Imagine what will happen to your health care or the country’s entire economy if the mad dash methodology is adopted for medicine or cap-and-trade. The Senate should be in full revolt over the stripping away of its institutional role, and the MSM should be mocking the idea that this was ever a president committed to bipartisanship.