Update 10:20 p.m.: Pro-lifers are pissed at Stupak for proving that he was such a phony pro-lifer all these years after he cut a deal with the most pro-abortion president ever, but there’s another side to that coin. NOW is furious with Obama for his executive order removing abortion funding from the health care bill. Hang loose, NOW gals — Obama will pull back that executive order from Stupak faster than pro-life groups are pulling back their awards to him.
Update 8:20 p.m.: Looks like this thing’s going to pass — everybody on the CNN panel has an erection, even the women. The November elections don’t seem very far off now.
I heard a caller to C-Span who was for the bill say that “to say this bill will mean the government is taking over 1/6 of the economy is naive.” I agree — that’s not nearly as much as the government will now have their hands on. The tentacles of this bill will reach into every aspect of our lives.
Update 6 p.m.: Obama issued an executive order to alleviate Bart Stupak’s fears about public funds being used for abortions. Stupak is now reportedly on board. If that’s true, God, what a maroon. Laws built into bills are a lot harder to get rid of than executive orders, which can be rescinded at any time. Holding out on principle but giving in so easily because of gullibility does nothing but cheapen the principle and make everyone wonder if you ever stood for anything in the first place.
According to the chairman of the Democratic caucus in the House, the Democrats have the 216 votes needed to pass Obamacare. Don’t buy it necessarily, because it could be a ruse to quiet Republican Reps before the vote(s), and to convince the still on-the-fence Dems that it’s a done deal and they might as well vote with the liberal leadership (Stupak’s caving in as we speak) — and if it makes you stop calling them so much and gets protesters to go home early, all the better.
If you’re desperate to find an optimistic upside though, you could look at it this way: The Democrats are on the verge of voting to give up control of Congress and possibly the White House. The downside? If the bill passes, it may never be repealed. In any case, Nancy Pelosi is giddy because she may finally find out what’s in the bill!
We’ll see. The vote is scheduled for around 7 tonight (there are actually two separate bills that will be voted on — the Senate bill and a reconciliation bill with all the House Dems’ goodies attached to it), but that could be delayed if the final bribes are slow in being taken and/or depending on what happens with the Republicans’ “Motion to Recommit.”
This is such a “great deal for all Americans” that many Dems are having to be bought off in order to vote for it — and Obama and Pelosi have an unlimited supply of bribe money to work with, because it’s yours and not theirs. You know everything’s on the up-and-up when bribery is involved. And do you know why this bill would really be a sweet deal for Americans? Because it would require an army of IRS agents to enforce it.
For now though, I’m going to put the frustration on the back burner and get ready to watch the Michigan State/Maryland game at 2:30.
After that I’ll say a quick prayer to the Patron Saint of Fighting Communism and write some updates on this post once the voting gets underway later this evening. Stop back if you can.