Skip to comments.GOP's Big Lie: It's All About Reconciliation
Posted on 03/03/2010 5:46:24 PM PST by Kaslin
For those who feared that Barack Obama did not have any Lyndon Johnson in him, the president's determination to press ahead and get health care reform done in the face of Republican intransigence came as something of a relief.
Obama's critics have regularly accused him of not being as tough or wily or forceful as LBJ was in pushing through civil rights and the social programs of his Great Society. Obama seemed willing to let Congress go its own way and was so anxious to look bipartisan that he wouldn't even take his own side in arguments with Republicans.
Those days are over. On Wednesday, the president made clear what he wants in a health care bill, and he urged Congress to pass it by the most expeditious means available.
He was also clear on what bipartisanship should mean and what it can't mean.
Democrats, who happen to be in the majority, have already added Republican ideas to their proposals. Obama said he was open to four more that came up during the health care summit. What he's unwilling to do, and rightly, is to give the minority veto power over a bill that has deliberately and painfully worked its way through the regular legislative process.
Republicans, however, don't want to talk much about the substance of health care. They want to discuss process, turn "reconciliation" into a four-letter word and maintain that Democrats are just "ramming through" a health bill.
It is all, I am sorry to say, one big lie or, if you're sensitive, an astonishing exercise in hypocrisy.
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“For those who feared that Barack Obama did not have any Lyndon Johnson in him, the president’s determination to press ahead and get health care reform done in the face of Republican intransigence came as something of a relief.”
Yeah, like the corrupt overweening Govt-growing Vietnam-war-losing LBJ was a model for good Presidents (/sarc)
“On Wednesday, the president made clear what he wants in a health care bill, and he urged Congress to pass it by the most expeditious means available.”
Oh, and he has spent the last year *NOT* doing that?!?!?
It this writer that stupid, or is the fact that Obamacare is flailing about turning the Obama-cheerleader EJ Dionne into a babbling incoherent moron?
EJ - PUT DOWN THE POM-POMS, ITS NOT WORKING.
I guess being LBJ II is a step up from being Carter II; this it does speak for somewhat lowered expectations on the part of the moonbats for that to be their ideal.
I try to remember. LOL
They are so arrogant, it’s either their way or the highway. All I can say let’s show them in November that it is the highway for them, and then lets work on getting the p o s impeached
“an astonishing exercise in hypocrisy.”
The democrats changed tune on the filibuster is what is hypocritical.
Liberals are always in season. It is just the Republicans that those on this Forum seem to have a problem hunting in “their” season.
Obama said he wants an Up or Down Vote,he did not say anything about reconciliation. Demint is right that is a Head Fake, as soon as the House votes to pass the Senate Bill the Communist in the White House will sign it ,there will be no Reconciliation
The 'up or down' vote will occur in the House and if the Senate version passes, it becomes Law.
That is where the majority aspect of our Constitutional system operates, the Senate is a check on it with the ability to filibuster.
You are 100% correct.