Here is a blog on the White House web site written by White House Communications Director, Dan Pfeiffer. Yes, your tax dollars are going to pay a White House director to blog his political opinion – telling you that you are a stupid American and that you need to quit disagreeing with the socialist administration’s plans. Just get in line… and do as you are told!
The White House Blog
Reality Check: For Opponents, It Was Never About the Bill
Posted by Dan Pfeiffer on December 24, 2009 at 12:50 PM EST
Today’s Republican talking point of the day is that the historic health reform bill passed today represents the first major piece of social legislation to be passed without a single vote from across the aisle.
Well that may be true. But it’s not a commentary on this bill. It’s a commentary on the Republican Party, whose leaders made a determination that they were going to put party over progress. That’s never happened before when the nation took on big challenges.
President Obama made it clear from the very beginning of this process that he wanted to work with members of both parties to craft the best bill possible. He even kicked off his efforts by inviting stakeholders from across the political spectrum to the White House to share ideas.
Contrary to what one Republican Senator said today, Democrats did not “do the HELP Committee bill completely Democrat” without “even ask[ing] one Republican opinion.” In fact, they accepted more than 150 Republican amendments.
In putting together the Finance Committee bill, Senator Baucus held months of bipartisan discussions. The Committee held a day-long bipartisan health care summit, convened three bipartisan roundtables, and even issued three bipartisan policy papers laying out the options from which the Committee chose to craft its bill.
Once the bill hit the Senate floor, Republicans passed up the chance to offer constructive amendments. Instead they chose to obstruct votes and offer six separate motions to essentially start from scratch.
The sad truth is that Congressional Republican leaders decided early on that their best move was to “delay, define, and derail” reform – not to find common ground on a bill both parties could support. They made clear their hopes that health insurance reform would be President Obama’s “Waterloo” and that it would “break him” politically.
In the process, they lost sight of the fact that this was never about President Obama – it was about the families struggling to keep up with skyrocketing premiums; the small businesses forced to choose covering employees and staying afloat; the 15,000 Americans who lost insurance every day this year. Today’s vote was a victory for them.
Response from “Jack’s Political Pontification
For cryin out loud, what a crock! How did Dan get this job. He’s terrible at it! He’s not even a clever liar. The BS meter starts emitting smoke when Dan gets started. For example, Dan says “But it’s not a commentary on this bill.” – BS. How could it be anything else. It is the various versions of this bill that have made the majority of Americans wake up nauseated every day for the past six months. Dan says “In fact, they accepted more than 150 Republican amendments.” – BS The only amendments not rejected were the ones required to buy Democratic votes AND, by the way, the alternative Republican house bill was never even debated.
Dan said – “Once the bill hit the Senate floor, Republicans passed up the chance to offer constructive amendments. Instead they chose to obstruct votes and offer six separate motions to essentially start from scratch.” – BS, Dan. By the time the bill hit the Senate floor, it was a full speed unstoppable crap loaded freight train with the worlds foremost political weasel at the controls. (my apologies to Nancy, The Wicked Witch of the West for putting her #2) The only amendments that Dirty Harry was going to entertain were those required to buy off Democrats Nelson, Landrieu, etc. This bull, uh, I mean bill needed to be scraped and re-done. Let’s face it, this piece of ca-ca is a disaster that is unconstitutional on multiple fronts. (Is Harry really arrogant enough to think the HE can write into a bill that it “CANNOT BE REPEALED-Good Grief!!!) The Republicans tried to stop it on behalf of the vast majority of the American people but corrupt power politics won the day.
Dan said, “this was never about President Obama – it was about the families struggling to keep up with skyrocketing premiums; Today’s vote was a victory for them.” BS, Dan. I’m one of those families and this was without a doubt the biggest defeat of my American “civic” life. It’s a defeat for American Freedom! IT WILL BE A DEFEAT FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN THE 2010 & 2012 elections.
Dan, help me keep my dinner down – shut up
ps. O MUST GO! (and so do Specter, Collins and Snowe)