Democrat senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) wants to eliminate the Senate filibuster rules to ram through the Senate’s version of health reform. One fact to take away is that Reid does not have the votes or this wouldn’t be necessary. Hence, the rule change to require only 50 votes to force the bill down our throats pass the bill.
Harkin’s gripe is that he thinks it an “abuse.” From the LifeSiteNews article.
“It’s an abuse of a person’s position as a senator to demand, because we need one more vote, just to demand everything. It’s really unfair to the rest of the Senate, rest of the caucus.” Noting that he and many senators have overcome their inhibitions about the bill, Harkin suggested that “to sort of lay down an ultimatum” about conditions for passing a bill was “not the way you do legislation.”
Ironicly, a top White House economic advisor threatened the Senate just two days ago with a command and control role to force cap and trade.
The official was quoted as saying,
“If you don’t pass this legislation, then the EPA is going to have to regulate in this area. And it is not going to be able to regulate on a market-based way, so it’s going to have to regulate in a command-and-control way, which will probably generate even more uncertainty.”
So, I’m confused, Senator Harkin. The White House just issued a serious warning and ultimatum to the Senate to pass cap and trade–or else–and there were crickets.
Again Harkin states, “It’s an abuse of a person’s position…” Senator Harkin, I ask you:
Don’t you think it’s an abuse of the White House’s and EPA’s position to tell you how to run your house?
Don’t you think it’s an abuse of the Obama White House’s position to use bully tactics to ram through an agenda the American people don’t want?
Don’t you think it’s an abuse of the pay czars position to regulate salaries?
Don’t you think it’s an abuse of a person’s position to appoint over 30 czars and bypass Senate confirmation?
Don’t you think it’s an abuse of a person’s position to silence the GOP members of Congress?
Don’t you think it’s an abuse of a person’s position to appoint their girlfriend as a US attorney?
Don’t you think it’s an abuse of a person’s position to write the health care bills in secret?
Don’t you think it’s an abuse of a person’s position to represent the interests of the administration over the people who elected you?
Don’t you think it’s an abuse of a person’s power to ignore the Constitution and your oaths?
Don’t you think it’s an abuse of a person’s position to force a mandate on Americans into buying health coverage or risk going to jail?
Don’t you think it’s an abuse of a person’s position to ignore the will of the American people?
What’s even more intriguing is that Senator Harkin may have forgotten that it’s his own Democrat party that has a supermajority–that’s what he’s fighting.
To remind Senator Harkin, Democrats have 60 seats in the Senate. Democrats do not need any Republicans to pass any legislation. Democrats have silenced and excluded the Republicans every step of the way–to the point Republicans cannot effectively represent their constituents.
Senator Harkin, please get your bearings and realize that the American people are rebuking the Obama agenda. Let the rules of the Senate stand the way the Founders intended and don’t play dirty tricks and change to rules to force the Obama agenda. You don’t have the votes, because some Senators are actually listening to their constituents–as you should.