"He has called together Legislative Bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures." - Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence, 1776
Senate majority leader Harry Reid has taken to scheduling controversial votes in the we hours of the Morning, most notably this mornings 1am vote to end cloture, on the government takeover of our health insurance industry. In his effort to secure the 60 votes needed, Senator Reid was handing out bribes galore. Senator Ben Nelson, secured a provision in the bill that would exempt Nebraska from the cost of the Medicaid expansion called for in the bill, setting up a scenario which puts all other state on the hook for Nebraska's Medicaid spending, forever. a few other Senators where able to secure similar handouts, Like Mary Landrieu's $300 million provision to cover her states Medicaid expenses. This is disturbing on many levels and should force you to ask yourself; if this was such a great bill why are senators, securing deals to more or less exempt their states from it's consequences.
Secondly is a provision in that Pesky little thing called the constitution which has basically been turned on it's head with this legislation.
Article 1 section 9 U.S. Constitution "No preference shall be given by any regulation of commerce or revenue to the ports of one state over an other"
This provision was put into the constitution in order to prevent such bribery, other representatives writing legislation to tilt the field to advantage of a few senators. It makes you wonder, if the Bill were such a good one why are senators lining up to exempt their states from the consequences of it?
Article 4 Section 2 The citizens of each state shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several states.
Anthony D Dolpies