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“And it would dash any fig leaf of bipartisanship for the agenda.”

Wednesday, March 18, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

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.

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Governor Jindal On Why He Is Rejecting The Stimulus Dollars And His Address After The President’s Speech To Congress

Tuesday, March 17, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The transcript of my conversation with Governor Jindal this afternoon is here. The podcast is here. One of many interesting excerpts:

HH: Now Governor Jindal, the state senator you mentioned, Eric LaFleur, now wants to encourage the state legislature to pass what the stimulus bill provided, which is an overriding resolution. Now my colleague at Chapman Law School, Ronald Rotunda, wrote a piece in the Chicago Tribune this week saying that’s just patently unconstitutional. Forget the economics of this, and I agree with your argument about permanent state obligations for temporary federal aid, the idea that they can amend the state constitution to allow a workaround of the governor is astonishing to me.

BJ: Well, I don’t know that there are a whole lot of people in Washington that have read the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. I’m not sure they really realize what’s there.

Read the whole thing, including the governor’s comments on the criticism following his remarks after President Obama’s address to the Congress.

An Invitation to President Obama

Tuesday, March 17, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My studio is on the way from Costa Mesa to Burbank, and the president is welcome to drop by and tape an interview for the talk radio audience.

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