The Senate has been called the world's greatest deliberative body. Not today. You see, Harry Reid cut a deal with the Democrats. Then he introduced that deal as a substitute to the bill. And then he "filled the tree". That's a short-hand to describe a parliamentary manuever by which no amendments are allowed to the action currently on the floor. The Majority Leader can always do this because of some quirks of Senate procedure.
That's right. No amendments. No changes. No improvements, even minor ones. No Republican ideas. Why?
Either it is perfect? Or it would fall apart on the slightest tweak.
That sounds like running the Senate like a plantation. And when you consider that this is how he is trying to get a massive government over-reach into our economy, it puts a new twist to the Hayek's title "Road to Serfdom."