Killing the Deal
Democrats are trying to add various provisions to “the deal,” which looks to be jammed through much like Obamacare was, in a hastily written bill that the public doesn’t get to see or comment on.
Looks like we will have to pass the bill to see what is in it.
UPDATE: Senator Reid just announced he isn’t scheduling a vote yet because Senator Kyl has expressed a concern that the bill not be “jammed down.” Senator Reid professed confusion as to what that meant and said he would consult with Senator Kyl.
Here’s a thought: How about publishing the text of the bill and allowing say, two or three working days for the public to read it and express views on it to the senators of a lame duck and discredited Congress? A week would be better, but that would put the Senate in the position of actually appearing to care what voters thought.
Republicans facing re-election in 2010 are crazy to agree to this process even if they want to make the argument that these are the best terms that could be had. It is a replay of Obamacare, and the Tea Parties will never forgive and forget being shut out of the debate so soon after delivering such a major victory to the GOP.
Let’s hope “the deal” melts down inthe Senate as well. Certainly the Senate should not vote on “the deal” until the House makes it clear that “the deal” is “the deal.” The House has already reneged on the president’s terms so why would the GOP agree to proceed against this backdrop?
UPDATE 3: From the email inbox:
The House Dems rejecting the tax compromise this morning takes the GOP off the hook completely for killing the compromise.
They should just stand back and let the tax rates go up, knowing that a Boehner led House can PERMANENTLY reduce them after 3 weeks.
Then it’ll be up to the Dems in the Senate to block that bill, while taxpayers melt down the Capitol Hill Switchboard.
Those 10 Dems at risk will have to join the GOP and vote to make the rates permanent, or extend them far beyond 2 years, and probably get less for doing so that Obama got in the deal he negotiated.
The GOP can message this development as the Pelosi House trying to still have it’s way 5 weeks after the American public threw them out on their collective ears for the policies they pursued over the last 2 years. What arrogance and gall.