From The Hill:
House and Senate leaders have formally agreed to bypass a bicameral conference committee to merge two healthcare bills, and have opted to instead “ping-pong” the Senate bill over to the House and back again…the House will take up the Senate bill and amend it, then send it back to the Senate for final approval.
The decision was made to scrap a conference committee out of concern that Republicans in both the House and the Senate would employ a series of procedural delaying tactics, only serving to delay the inevitable and frustrate the majority, aides said.
The poor, poor majority! How awful it would be for these simple souls to be frustrated on their Path to the Inevitable! To be delayed even one moment from their glory must be a living hell to them. I wept for them; I truly did.
However, my tears were dried when I realized that, with this move, Democrats can insure that not one Republican voice will be heard, that no objections can be raised, that, in fact, the majority of citizens will not be allowed to have a say. It will all be done in private (which will surely anger Mr Obama, as he pledged to have these debates televised).
Cramming health care through the House and Senate has not helped Democrat prospects. Word is out that at least two Democrat senators are not seeking re-election, and that other Democrats who must run in 2010 are in trouble, including lead architect Papa Reid. Certainly, much will be forgotten by November, but all expect the Democrats to pay some price.
So why the haste?
Some of it is surely because Now Is The Time; momentum is on their side, and so forth.
But I speculated before, and continue to believe, that the fast-tracking is a strategic move to increase control and size, in the long term, of the Party. A small tactical loss at the polls in 2010 is worth the price of creating a new “right” which must be administered, regulated, and ruled.
Democrat losses will be reversed once people become dependent on the new government program, as happened in the past, after the formation of social security, medicare, medicaid, and so on. While Republicans have re-gained control of one or both Houses since then, the length of control has been brief: further, many Republicans have grow to resemble their opponents. For example, it is now inconceivable for a Republican to be against social security and still hope to be elected.
The losses, I say—what happens in 2010 to individual Democrat Senators and Congresspeople—do not matter. What matters is the Party.
The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.
If the trend doesn’t reverse itself, in thirty years the federal government will resemble Chicago’s or Brooklyn’s. One party rule, with party bosses doling out patronage and a small, ineffective opposition on which any trouble can be blamed.
I suggest that all Republicans switch their party now and avoid the rush.