Thursday, December 24, 2009
RELATED: Senate Passes Healthcare Reform But Negotiations With House Will Be Tough
Democrats in the Senate have rammed through their totalitarian Obamacare at gunpoint bill. But there is much work to be done before they can foist this monster on the American people. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid need to reconcile the different House and Senate versions. This is usually done through conference committees, but the process will be modified for the precious Obamacare legislation.
“Conferences involving members from both houses are messy things,” writes John Fund for The Wall Street Journal. “They are usually conducted in public and often televised, and can produce a compromise version of the bill that leaves rank-and-file members tempted to vote against the final version. That could be perilous in the case of health care since it’s likely to pass without a vote to spare in the Senate and the House’s version passed by only five votes.”
Since overwhelming the Senate in 2007, Democrats have increasingly turned to dictatorial tactics to get bills through the conference process. Legislation on lobbying reform and the 2007 energy bill were slipped through without appointing committees.
“We have to defer to the bigger picture,” explained Rep. Henry Waxman of California.
Reid and Pelosi are mindful of the “bigger picture” and want to make sure public scrutiny and discussion of Obamacare are avoided at all cost. The final bill will be crafted behind closed doors where heads will be bashed and arms twisted.
This is how the Soviet system worked. Top party leadership acted as political brokers and ensured that the Supreme Soviet adhered to party decisions. The Democrats under Pelosi and Reid have formed an American version of the Central Executive Committee and the Supreme Soviet which exercises exclusively all legislative power.
We are now witnessing what Lenin called “totalitarian democracy” at work in America.