Those are some forceful words from Senator Byrd. What did President Clinton do? Clinton acknowledged that Senator Byrd was correct, and dropped the pursuit of Reconciliation to pass Healthcare back in the 1990's.
My question to Senator Byrd is: why are you not arguing in the exact same manner against Obama's desire to use this process for the EXACT SAME REASON???
How about Senator Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota on Reconciliation? This was Senator Conrad on the floor of the Senate recalling the debate over President Clinton's consideration of Reconciliation for Healthcare:
And now? Oh, you know what's coming. Now Conrad has signaled he is willing to use this budgetary procedure to pass Obama's exceedingly flawed (and not even completely written) Healthcare bill.
I might add, he was that upset in 2001 over a $138 Billion dollar initiative? Ahahahahah, isn't that just precious? Especially considering Obama and the Democrats racked up $223 Billion in DEBT just this past month alone!! In just ONE month they have spent more $90 billion MORE than Bill Clinton's Healthcare Initiative. Wow, Senator Conrad, way to really stick to your budgetary guns there.
No wonder Democrats are referred to as the "Tax and Spend" Party. I used to take offense at that, but they are earning that label in a big way now.
And then, there is Obama as a US Senator on how we cannot use Reconciliation. Yo knew it was coming. Oh, make sure to check out the date when he is talking about getting a bill to his desk to his sign:
Did you catch that? September of 2007 he was already claiming the presidency. Talk about hubris. Now? You know that, too. Obama wants to use it. In the following video from the Blair Street Summit, Obama's essentially saying we are a bunch of dumbasses who don't care how Congress does its job:
Here's a newsflash for you, Obama - we DO pay attention to how things get done in Washington, or not, and how much you all are listening to us or not. You most definitely are NOT.
Just to digress for a moment, I just wonder why in the world this man wanted this position so much that he was willing to lie, cheat and steal to get it when he CLEARLY has such little regard for the people whom he is SUPPOSED to be serving. Must be those perks he mentioned in the first video because it isn't any respect he has for us.
And talk about HYPOCRISY. Byrd, Conrad, and Obama are poster boys for it in their flipflop about Reconciliation to shove this extremely expensive, pork laden, Big Pharma gifting, increased insurance premium making, Medicare curring healthcare bill down our throats.
Obama wants to "get 'er done" before he leaves next week, another false deadline.
To that end, the House Democrats have locked themselves away in their "transparent" attempt to come to some agreement about this bill so they can try and meet Obama's time frame.
So glad they are spending SO Much time on this when 462,000 people have filed for unemployment this WEEK. The numbers were expected to be lower.
In my own state, the front page news included that unemployment in South Carolina has hit another record high:
Employers cut 27,700 positions throughout the month, including seasonal jobs in tourism and retail, as the jobless rate reached 12.6 percent, the state Employment Security Commission said Wednesday.
South Carolina's unemployed population -- a total of 273,455 residents -- is the biggest on record.
Compare that number with the data recorded several years ago and a grim picture emerges. That figure, for example, never topped 100,000 people in 2000. Throughout 2005, the number averaged 140,000.
"It gives us a sense of how many jobs the economy needs to create in order
to put a majority of people back to work," said economist Don Schunk of Coastal Carolina University. "More so than the unemployment rate, (that number) tells us how far we have to go before we return to some sense of normalcy."
The preliminary January rate eclipsed the previous record set in December. That number originally came in at 12.6 percent, but it was revised downward to 12.4 percent last week, based on more current information.
So, yes, Congress, by all means, cancel all of your other meetings like you did today (Thursday), continue to focus all of your time and energy on a healthcare bill we have been telling you for months we do not want, while we continue to lose our jobs, our homes, and our faith in you.
November cannot come soon enough.