A Little Lesson in Civics

| March 8, 2010 | 2 Replies

If I were bright boy Ezra Klein, I’d put a piece of steak on that black eye and just go home. There’s nothing he can write that can rebuild the dignity Byron York slapped out of him.

Now, if you did in fact ask a kid who just took a civics class, she — could be he! — might explain that the House and Senate pass bills, and if there are differences between them, the bills usually go to a House/Senate conference committee, where lawmakers appointed by the leaders of both parties resolve the differences between the bills and come up with one final bill, which the House and Senate pass and which then goes to the president’s desk for signature into law. (Wasn’t that the method used for the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts, the 1996 welfare reform bill and other legislation often cited by Klein and his allies today?) Isn’t that what a kid who just took a civics class would say? Isn’t that what we teach in textbooks? And is that what’s being practiced in the case of the national health care bills?

The answer, of course, is no, because Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid, who in the past have been strong advocates of conference committees, decided to skip conference for the health care bill.

Now why do you suppose they did that? Byron has his answer, and I think it’s a good one. I would suggest that the two-headed Fail Beast decided to skip the conference committees because the longer the bill is subject to the democratic process, the greater more Americas, and reasonable members of Congress, will figure out what a giant chunk of favor-buying, progressive totalitarian offal it really is.

I have said this before. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have worked their entire political lives to enact something like this health care bill. Their desire to pass this bill has nothing to do with universal coverage, lower cost, or better quality health care because it can’t deliver any of those things. What this bill will do, indeed the only thing it can do, is put progressive hands on an unprecedented number of levers of power over your life. Right now, their only hope of passing this bill is through speed and trickery and that is why they are pushing it through the way they are.

UPDATE: Linked by Moe Lane who wants to know where the courage is.

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