Senator Harry Reid (Nevada-D) has yet another ace up his…okay…I’ll say sleeve. It is a handy little option called RECONCILIATION, fondly know as the “Nuclear Option”. No, he isn’t going to blow up a section of the United States, however, the impact (economically) could be just as devastating to Americans. It would allow the Democrats to push through major parts of the health care plan with a majority vote instead of the usual votes needed to avoid a filibuster (60 votes). Apparently he threatened to use it Tuesday. "If we can't work this out to do something within the committee structure, then we'll be forced to do the reconciliation," Reid said. Senator Reid and the President (like so many in the House and Senate) are taking the position…DO SOMETHING, EVEN IF IT’S WRONG! Well, it is just that…wrong. When President Obama took office the American people chose as their number one priority to FIX THE ECONOMY. Choosing health care as the priority is like wanting to paint a house that is on fire. Until we get our economy stabilized, with facts and figures all economists can agree are “reality based”, we need to keep plugging away at the health care plan until we get it right. Concerns emanate from both sides of the aisle. There are fears that some middle-class workers (there are always more than some) including those in risky occupations such as mining and police work being inflicted with the new tax on high-premium insurance plans. I’m wondering about the military, myself. And what about the illegal immigrants? Well, it offers no guarantee that they won’t get assistance from the government…our government…to buy insurance. The list of sticking points has reached well over 500, Harry. We are heading for a “Nuclear Nightmare” if we don’t wake-up and work-out the core problems.
Note: Wisdom dictates a timetable; Foolishness chooses helter-skelter.
May God bless America…and may America deserve it!
Zanne Booker 9-22-09