Aging Hippies and Congressional Leadership
The headlong, damn-the-torpedoes approach to health care “reform” is a function of democratic congressional leadership in the hands of a bunch of aging Woodstock era hippies. Much of the top leadership hails from the early 1970’s, especially from the class of 1974; Democrats elected at the height of the Watergate scandal. Many of these were the hippies or fellow travelers who were going to carry the revolution to the establishment by working “in the system” and thereby undermine the “system.”
But, their 30 year journey was greatly frustrated by a misalignment of stars. The last time the Democrats held the balance of power as they do now was in Jimmy Carter’s first two years (1977-78). At that time these hippies were much too junior to exert much influence in the House and Senate. And, so the dream to radicalize America fizzled.
But, now comes the next opportunity. But, for the leadership, their last opportunity since many of them are in their 70’s and will literally be pushing up daisies when the next opportunity comes around. So, we see the most heavy handed legislative pushes on record to move health care “reform,” cap and trade and card check to remake America as some socialist utopia.
True to their boomer roots this leadership will push this agenda forward with out the slightest care about the consequences and damages their children and grandchildren will have to bear. They care not a whit for unintended consequences since they will live their remaining years on a lush congressional pension and then be dead shortly thereafter. They have exempted themselves from the maw of rationing that will be unloaded on the rest of America thanks to their socialized medical monstrosity. And, they will be able to avail themselves of what was once the finest medical system on earth before their “reforms” grind American medicine into the socialized mediocrity that now graces England and Canada.
Reid plans to jam health care reform through on reconciliation or some other obscure parliamentary trick to side it through on 51 votes. This will in effect kill the filibuster and turn the Senate into a more grandiose version of the House. Frankly, Reid has the votes; it only takes 51 votes to kill the filibuster right now. But, once that rule is gone, it’ll never come back. But, what does Reid care that he’ll turn the deliberative functions of the Senate into an over-glorified student senate. He’ll be departed from the scene; hopefully as soon as November 2010.
And, this same leadership is fighting to jam this bill through before anyone has a chance to read it. This may give Reid, Pelosi and company some cheap thrills. But, it’ll be murder for their party. Because the Republicans, going into 2010 and 2012 will have over a thousand pages of selective quotes from that unvetted bill to bludgeon the Democrats. Remember, the actual reform doesn’t take place until 2013. So, the actual vote buying potential of this entitlement will not be around until after the 2010 mid-term elections. Nor the 2012 presidential election.
To hell with all of you left on the Titanic, suckers, I’ve already got my place on the lifeboat.