O’Donnell: Reconciliation ‘Never, Never, Never’ Been Used Like This Before

Great clip on how the Republicans are not explaining how this is not your Fathers Reconciliation. He doesn’t see how the Dems can pass this. They are using an entire different bill for reconciliation.  A “Shell Bill” if you will. A great read, and recommend the entire story. The Video can be found on the Newsbusters link below.

So much for the MSM refrain about Republicans having previously used reconciliation just as Dems are proposing to do now on ObamaCare . . .

Larry O’Donnell has emphatically proclaimed that the way Dems intend to use reconciliation is “unprecedented” and has “never, never, never” been so used before. O’Donnell’s many off-his-meds rants notwithstanding [recent example here], he actually does understand the legislative process, having served as Dem Chief of Staff of the Senate Committee on Finance back in the HillaryCare day.

O’Donnell also criticized the MSM “group think” to the effect that Dems were obliged to pass some kind of health care legislation this year.  Larry’s uncharacteristically lucid observations came during his Morning Joe appearance today.

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mark-finkelstein/2010/03/12/odonnell-reconciliation-never-never-never-been-used#ixzz0hzJCcAVe

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Student-Loans to be Folded into Healthcare Reform

Word is out that there will be “forgiveness” for Community service- becoming a soldier for Obama. Acorn and the like–“A Community Organizer”

Where in the world is this money coming from?

Can this be for real? The Democrats are folding student-loan reform into the health bill so it can be enacted without 60 votes in the Senate.

 The two key features that reportedly will make it into the healthcare legislation are:

1) Putting an end to the subsidized private student loan industry. Citibank, Sallie Mae and hundreds of others will be out of this business (except possibly as servicers rather than finance providers). From now on, the money will go directly from the Federal government to schools.

Senator Tom Harkin says this step is long overdue to stop wasting the taxpayers’s money. I say that if the government really wants to be a bank, they should first prove how they’re going to be any better at it than real banks are.

2) Sharply increasing the maximum amounts of Pell grants for low-income students, and automatically indexing the maximums for inflation every year. Some eight million Pell grants are awarded each year. Economists have been saying since I was in college that federal supports for higher education are the reason that, as with healthcare, the costs have been rising at far more than the general rate of inflation for decades now. We’re going to be kicking those cost increases into a higher gear now.

Why attach this thing, which upends and federalizes a quite substantial industry, to the on-again, off-again healthcare reform effort? That’s easy. To avoid both a public debate of the issue, and also the need to get 60 votes to pass it in the Senate.

There’s some pretty determined statism going on in Washington, if they think it’s right to use parliamentary maneuvers to ram major changes through that the people don’t want (like healthcare) or without a broad public debate (like student-loan reform). Or else they’re saying to themselves that we’re too stupid to want government to do the right things. Or maybe, like Nancy Pelosi, they’re thinking that we’ll like what they’re cooking as soon as we get a taste of it.

Even FDR had widespread public support for policies that were hardly more radical than these. Have we ever had a government this arrogant?

http://www.redstate.com/blackhedd/2010/03/12/student-loan-reboot-to-be-folded-into-healthcare-reform/

RNC Chairman Steele — Please Go Away

I am tired of hearing about you. Please GOP, replace him post-haste, please. No MSM covered this. So we are on our own.

 Tired of your fat speaking fees you get, when you are suppose to be speaking for the GOP. Tired of you spending the GOP funds to live your lifestyle. Go away. Donors are leaving in droves, and we need donors. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/33324.html

On Wednesday, President Obama traveled to St. Louis to try to revive his party’s push for government health care. Around 5,000 activists opposed to ObamaCare turned out, dwarfing the few dozen paid organizers from Obama’s Organizing for America. The activists for liberty keep making a difference, while the national GOP is indifferent. Grass roots activists and local radio talk show hosts begged RNC Chairman Michael Steele to get involved, but the RNC rejected their pleas. We guess people writing $25 checks aren’t important. (Even though, Michael, there are millions of them. Maybe your consultants just need to figure out how to take a cut of these small checks to make you guys interested.) Here’s who the national GOP left behind:

http://biggovernment.com/publius/2010/03/12/friday-free-for-all-can-you-hear-me-now-edition/

Dept of Education purchasing Remington Rifles

Well, isn’t this just swell– and are adding on to their existing supply. We report- you decide!

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) intends to purchase twenty-seven (27) REMINGTON BRAND MODEL 870 POLICE 12/14P MOD GRWC XS4 KXCS SF. RAMAC #24587 GAUGE: 12 BARREL: 14″ – PARKERIZED CHOKE: MODIFIED SIGHTS: GHOST RING REAR WILSON COMBAT; FRONT – XS CONTOUR BEAD SIGHT STOCK: KNOXX REDUCE RECOIL ADJUSTABLE STOCK FORE-END: SPEEDFEED SPORT-SOLID – 14″ LOP are designated as the only shotguns authorized for ED based on compatibility with ED existing shotgun inventory, certified armor and combat training and protocol, maintenance, and parts. https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=cb68cf9f3fa2fe18a83d1c3dee0039b2&tab=core&_cview=0

New Pay Discrimination Bill Would Let Government Collect Payroll Records of Private Companies

Whoa…. and what else is out there ready to snag our liberty? Bet it gets added to the “Shell” bill being used for Obamacare along with the Government taking over Student Loans.

CNSNews.com) – A bill taken up by a Senate panel on Thursday would empower the federal government to collect the payroll information of private companies and analyze it in an effort to prevent gender-based pay discrimination, which has been illegal since 1963.
 
The law would compel the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to begin mandatory collection of payroll data from private employers, under penalty of law. These data must be broken down by job type, race, and, gender. The government would then analyze the data to determine if companies are violating equal pay laws, which prohibit pay discrimination based on gender.
 
Known as the Paycheck Fairness Act, the law was passed by the House of Representatives more than one year ago – Jan. 9, 2009 – but had languished in the Senate until Thursday, when it was taken up in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/62672

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