How sustainable a political position does this sound like: You can't see the Senate ObamaCare legislative language and we will not tell you how much it costs.
Here is how the San Francisco Examiner put it in their editorial:
When then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama promised not to sign major legislation until it had been posted on the Internet for public reading at least five days, trusting voters took him at his word.
Now they know better. Not only is the actual language of what is likely to become the main legislative vehicle for Obama’s signature health care reform not available on the Internet, it hasn’t been given to members of the key Senate committees or the Congressional Budget Office.
Welcome to the Imperial Senate whose leaders view the public with contempt and the elitist attitude that you should not see the legislative language because you cannot understand it. You should not know how Medicare is being cut, or how you are going to taxed, or how the bill change every health plan in the nation.
We know, and we don't want you to know -- is the Democrats position in the Senate. They are shredding that trust, they are stomping it into the ground and burning it in public.
What are the Democrats hiding in that legislative language? What is in it they do not want the public to see? If the health care debate has taught the American public anything, then its the devil is in the details. But the Senate Democratic leadership says: you don't get to see the details. We, instead have this new thing called the Vapor Bill: don't read it (we won't let you) just support it.
Perhaps this is why political analyst Charlie Cook recently said about the Independent voters: "they hate Congress something awful." If you don't believe Charlie Cook, then maybe you will believe this nine-month tracking chart by Gallup.
In order to make the deals they need to make, no one can see the legislative language or the wheels will come off. How can you make a contradictory promise about taxes, the public option, illegal immigrants getting health care, Medicare care cuts and abortion, and expect the legislative language to contain those contradictions? So, in order to keep the wheels on, the legislative language will not be released until after the Senate has already begun consideration of the bill.
The Congressional Budget Office cannot accurately score ObamaCare without legislative language (duh).
Frank Luntz recently said in his in depth interviews with a cross-section of all types of Americans, more than 7 out of 10 said they are "mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore."
Count me among them.
The arrogance and outright imperialistic nature of the Senate insisting that they can bring a bill without legislative language to the Senate floor -- a bill without legislative language is a Vapor Bill -- without showing it to the American people, Senators or anyone else is essentially a complete violation of the scared trust between the elected class and the American voter.
The Vapor Bill strategy that Brian Darling of the Heritage Foundation has been warning about for a week was just confirmed by a senior aide to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Reid: he will use a shell bill and bring it up for consideration -- a blank. Here is Darling's new assessment, posted moments ago, titled Congress' Secret Plan to Pass ObamaCare.
The Senate Majority Leader is politically a dead man walking -- he has a 36% approval rating in his own state and is up for re-election in 2010 -- can you say Out of Touch? He must know that his Vapor Bill strategy is like pouring gasoline on a blazing fire. His position is clear: the only way Democrats can survive the blaze is to proceed to the Vapor Bill on the Senate floor.
In the meantime Majority Leader Reid will not release any legislative language and will not have an accurate CBO score.
Here is a message for the Democrats: If you think you can get away with the Vapor Bill Imperial Senate routine, think again. What you are really doing is taking a 12 gauge shotgun and blowing off your own knee. (Pssst, you are knee-capping yourself).
And until the Dems release the actual legislative language prior to it being considered on the Senate floor, and that has been scored by CBO -- the American public will focus their anger on the Dems in the Senate because of their contempt for the public, their arrogance and their Imperialistic attitude.