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DO IT DO IT DO IT! Senate Republicans Threaten a Healthcare Read-a-thon

One of the most effective charges levied against supporters of the atrocity called the healthcare bill is that they haven’t actually read the bill. This is only complicated by the fact that there are numerous changes being made to the bill behind closed doors. Not even many high level Senate Democrats even know what changes are being made. So, the charge gains even more gravity, after all, how can you vote for a bill that you haven’t read wit4h important changes that only a small few know about? Luckily for us, the Senate Republicans may have a solution for this.

They want a read-a-thon for the changes being made to the bill:

“This massive piece of legislation that seeks to restructure one-sixth of our economy is being written behind closed doors without input from anyone in an effort to jam it past not only the Senate but the American people before Christmas,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader.

Republicans, who have been accused by Rush Limbaugh and others for failing to oppose the legislation vigorously enough, have threatened to force Senate clerks to read the entire text of the proposed changes aloud, a process that could consume eight hours or so.

At his news conference, McConnell taunted Democrats in terms that recalled Obama’s campaign promise of “change we can believe in.”

The health care bill, he said, “isn’t change you can believe in; it’s change that’s astonishing. We all know that promises are made in political campaigns, but this is a complete reversal _ there is no change. This is business as usual.”

“Tomorrow, there’s going to be a snowstorm, and we’ll be coming in RVs and everything will be paralyzed as our nation’s capital always is when there’s a snowstorm.”

He added, “But the fact is that there’s a firestorm out there in America. That firestorm says stop this. Stop this.”

Mitch McConnell raises some very valuable points. With the coming snowstorm that’s supposed to bring record-breaking levels of snow to Washington, the Senators will likely all be huddled up in the Senate with nothing to do, what with those two feet of snow outside. They’ll be bored, and nothing helps cure a bout of wintertime boredom like some nice reading. Why not read the changes being made to the bill? That way, no one can claim ignorance to what’s being done to make this already atrocious bill worse. Senator McConnell you have my support in this, and I hope you follow through with it. However, I will say this: why stop with the changes being made to the bill? Why not have the whole dang thing read aloud? Yeah, I know it’ll take a while, but you know, if people are actually going to have a vote on this legislation, they might as well, you know, actually know what’s in the bill they’re voting on.

So let me conclude by saying: DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!

Acta est fabula.

  1. December 18, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    If I’m not mistaken, THERE ISN’T EVEN A BILL yet.. If republicans start to read the bill again like they did Wednesday, and another member breaks the rules again, republicans need to get physical.. Not necessarily in a violent way. Perhaps they could just ignore what the majority does and continue reading the bill out loud while the majority proceeds. If the clerk is not permitted to continue reading, Senators should take turns. That would be very provocative. And when the media tries to criminalize them for READING THE BILL, Americans will see how complicate they truly are.

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