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In the dead of night……


I couldn’t sleep, knowing that bad history was being made in the wee hours of the night – so I got up and turned on the tv at 12:45am this morning, a few minutes into Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s impassioned plea to at least one senator to stop the cloture.   Since most sane people weren’t up to hear his speech, I thought I’d include it here for you to read:

Democrat Health Spending Bill: ‘A departure from history’
from the Office of Senator Mitch McConnell

Monday, December 21, 2009

 

‘Americans are asking Democrats to put party loyalty aside tonight — to put the interests of small business owners, taxpayers, and seniors first. All it takes is one. One can stop it — or every one will own it.’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Monday:

“Tonight marks the culmination of a long national debate. Passions have run high. And, that’s appropriate because the bill we are voting on tonight will impact the life of every American. It will shape the future of our country. It will determine whether our children can afford the nation they inherit. It is one of the most consequential votes any of us will ever take. And none of us take it lightly.

“But make no mistake: if the people who wrote this bill were proud of it, they wouldn’t be forcing this vote in the dead of night

“Here are just some of the deals we’ve noticed:

“$100 million for an unnamed health care facility at an unnamed university somewhere in the United States — the bill doesn’t say where — and no one will even step forward to claim it.

“ One state out of 50 gets to expand Medicaid at no cost to itself — while taxpayers in the other 49 states pick up the tab.

“The same Senator who cut that deal secured another one that benefits a single insurance company – just one insurance company – based in his state.

“Do the supporters of this bill know all this? Do they think it’s a fair deal for their states, for the rest of the country?

“The fact is, a year after this debate started few people could have imagined that this is how it would end — with a couple of cheap deals and a rushed vote at one o’clock in the morning. But that’s where we are.

“And Americans are wondering tonight: How did this happen?

“So I’d like to take a moment to explain to the American people how we got here, to explain what happened — and what’s happening now.

“Everyone in this chamber agrees we need health care reform. The question is how?

“Some of us have taken the view that the American people want us to tackle the cost issue, and we’ve proposed targeted steps to do it. Our friends on the other side have taken the opposite approach.

“And the result has been just what you’d expect.

“The final product is a mess — and so is the process that’s brought us here to vote on a bill that the American people overwhelmingly oppose.

“Any challenge of this size and scope has always been dealt with on a bipartisan basis. The senior Senator from Maine made that point at the outset of the debate, and reminded us all how these things have been handled throughout history..

“The Social Security Act of 1935 was approved by all but six members of the Senate. The Medicare and Medicaid Acts of 1965 were approved by all but 21. All but eight senators voted for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

“Americans believe that on issues of this importance, one party should never be allowed to force its will on the other half of the nation. The proponents of this bill felt differently.

“In a departure from history, Democrat leaders put together a bill so heavy with tax hikes, Medicare cuts and government intrusion, that, in the end their biggest problem wasn’t convincing Republicans to support it, it was convincing the Democrats.

“In the end, the price of passing this bill wasn’t achieving the reforms Americans were promised.

“It was a blind call to make history, even if it was a historical mistake — which is exactly what this bill will be if it’s passed. Because, in the end, this debate isn’t about differences between two parties, it’s about a $2.3 trillion dollar, 2,733-page health care reform bill that does not reform health care and, in fact, makes its price go up

“‘The plan I’m announcing tonight,’ the President said on September 9th, ‘will slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government.’

“‘My plan,’ the President said, ‘would bring down premiums by $2500 for the typical family…’

“‘I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficit,’ the President said, ‘either now or in the future.’

“And, on taxes? ‘No family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase,’ he said.

“He said he wouldn’t cut Medicare.

“People who like the plans they have wouldn’t lose their coverage.

“And, Americans were promised an open, honest debate. ‘That’s what I will do in bringing all parties together,’ then-Senator Obama said on the campaign trail, ‘not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN.’

“That was then, and this is now.

“But here’s the reality: the Democrat bill we’re voting on tonight raises health care costs. That’s not me talking — that’s the administration’s own budget scorekeeper.

“It raises premiums — that’s the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office talking. It raises taxes on tens of millions of middle class Americans.

“And, it plunders Medicare by half a trillion dollars It forces people off the plans they have — including millions of seniors.

“It allows the federal government for the first time in our history to use taxpayer dollars for abortions.

“So a President who was voted into office on the promise of change said he wanted lower premiums. That changed. He said he wouldn’t raise taxes. That changed. He said he wanted lower costs. That changed. He said he wouldn’t cut Medicare. And, that changed too.

“And, twelve months and $2.3 trillion later, lawmakers who made these same promises to their constituents are poised to vote for a bill that won’t bend the cost curve, that won’t make health care more affordable and that will make real reform even harder to achieve down the road.

“Now, I understand the pressure our friends on the other side are feeling, and, I don’t doubt for a moment their sincerity.

“But, my message tonight is this: the impact of this vote will long outlive this one frantic, snowy weekend in Washington. Mark my words: this legislation will reshape our nation.

“And, Americans have already issued their verdict: they don’t want it. They don’t like this bill — and they don’t like lawmakers playing games with their health care to secure the votes they need to pass it.

“Let’s think about that for a moment. We know the American people are overwhelmingly opposed to this bill.

“And yet, the people who wrote it won’t give the 300 million Americans whose lives will be profoundly affected by it so much as 72 hours to study the details.

“Imagine that: when we all woke up yesterday morning, we still hadn’t seen the details of the bill we’re being asked to vote on before we go to sleep tonight.

“How can anyone justify this approach? Particularly in the face of such widespread and intense public opposition.

“Can all of these Americans be wrong? Don’t their concerns count? Party loyalty can be a powerful force. We all know that.

“But Americans are asking Democrats to put party loyalty aside tonight — to put the interests of small business owners, taxpayers, and seniors first

“And there’s good news — it’s not too late

“All it takes is one. Just one. One can stop it — or every one will own it.

“My colleagues: it is not too late.”

Alas – none of the Democrats headed his plea………………………

Comments

13 Responses to “In the dead of night……”
  1. OMG the plea was heard by us the “people” are there no others out there willing to take a stand? Thank you for posting this! Great words I hope someone will listen and take a stand in the end… We will see …

  2. irene says:

    I am disgusted, sick and angry. I feel we are at war. Where is someone who will sue the administration and the dems in congress for breaking their vows and going against the Constitution? Where is that person who will stand up and demand an injunction to stop the madness??????Judge Napolitano in Fox talked about a constitutional amendment on the state level. If anyone knows how that works, can we do it? We must stop them. These people are out of control. The senators might as well show up each with their list of demands and make their separate deal for a payoff for their vote. It’s disgusting!

    • swathdiver swathdiver says:

      We are at war Irene. They’ve been at it since 1933 only we didn’t know. We were busy living our lives and raising our children. Well now they know and things are going to continue heating up. Either we’ll win and there will be Liberty, or they’ll win and impose Tyranny.

  3. swathdiver swathdiver says:

    Thanks for posting. Nothing will stop the Statists from wrecking America until the elections. They’re not going to listen because they don’t have to. Nothing short of war will stop them. Since they know we’re not at that point, they’ll keep spending and empowering themselves consequences to the citizens of America be damned.

    We should keep the pressure and phone calls but our main focus should be on these upcoming elections, getting the Statists out of office and putting Conservatives and Libertarians in office under the Republican banner.

    Merry Christmas!

    In God Is Our Trust,

    James Burns
    Boynton Beach, Florida

    • Good words, sir.

      We MUST continue to appeal to our Congressmen and women for “common sense” prudence in drafting and signing legislation… but ohhhhh is 2010 looking good.

      This December, we will find time to celebrate the birth of our Lord, tradition and time with our families, and recollect the past 12 months of life lessons…

      Until January. We WILL focus 1) the Special Election for District 19, and then 2) the 2010 November elections and the ramp up to that. We *MUST* get Constitutional-minded men and women back into Tallahassee and Washington…!

  4. swathdiver swathdiver says:

    Comrade Senator Nelson,

    So last night you sneaky Statists voted cloture while America slept. You’re a disgrace Nelson. We will work over time to vote your Statist rear end out of office when your Senate term comes due. We will choose a Patriot who stands for Liberty over Tyranny, not the other way around as you’ve done in the Senate.

    In my last letter to you I appealed to your Christian nature. It’s now apparent you don’t have one; the State is the highest power you answer to.

    Despite knowing that you’re plotting our destruction on December 25th, we will celebrate the birth of Christ while you celebrate passage of your Tyrannical, utopian and un-Constitutional legislation.

    In God Is Our Trust,

    James Burns
    Boynton Beach, Florida

    • yorkiemum yorkiemum says:

      I said more or less the same to him and Lieberman. Called them traitors for their vote against us and will let them know how we feel when we next vote.

  5. merylee merylee says:

    GOP, JUST GO HOME!!!!

    A GOP walk out would get the attention of the American people and focus their eyes smack on the Dems who will own this Bill. Frankly if I were in Congress, I would stand up, turn my back, and leave.

  6. Preston Moody says:

    Did anyone see Senator Bill Nelson on Greta Van Susteren live the other night in Washington. He was smiling from ear to ear and was bragging that he was voting yes for the Health Care Bill. He was also drunk, weaving and bobbing. Did anyone else notice. I can’t beleive Fox didn’t make any comments. Maybe if everyone would send and email to Greta, she will review the tape and comment or at least show it.

    Merry Christmas to all……

    Preston

  7. Jeanne Barnett says:

    The Republicans shouldn’t walk out – that will just give the idiots more to cling to by saying the Republicans just walked out – see……they are just saying NO to everything and now they are turning their backs on the citizens!

    The Republicans should ALL STAND TOGETHER and raise the roof off the Capital. They should ALL point out to the American public how they have been “locked out” of the political process. Then they should proceed with all LEGAL means possible to press “charges” against the Administration and all involved with tyranny, theft, lack of abiding to their sworn oath of office and any other charges that are possible. They should know that the American citizens will now back them …….. before it is too late!

    JB

  8. yorkiemum yorkiemum says:

    Furthermore, already commented to Olympia Snow and Mary Landrieu for the deals they made that we now know for sure which oldest profession they belong to – now Nelson has joined their ranks and how many others with their slimy deals.

  9. Nancy Branch says:

    every congressman and senator committed treason by voting yes for this bill. A takeover of the American people is not what the constitution stands for or allows. I heard a suggestion today on Rush Limbaugh to withhold taxes till the 15th of April, don’t send them in till the last minute. Other then that, I am at a loss for words, I feel bile in my throat every time I turn on the tv and hear them gloating and praising themselves for giving us a “Christmas present with money we don’t have. This is so close to slavery.

    Throw out the whores and pimps and treason committing vile scumbags. Make sure you are registerd to vote and any of your kin 18 years old and up is ready to vote. I have two conservative kids in their 20’s who are ready to vote conservatives into office.

  10. EdFulop EdFulop says:

    313 days until Election Day . . . . .

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