Friday, November 20, 2009

"Test Vote" What Does That Really Mean?

This Saturday Harry Reid has called a "Test" vote on the Health Care Bill. What does this mean? What is the true purpose? If the test vote passes is that it?

This is all about trickery, this is all about doing a sleight of hand or shell game with the American people. The overwhelming poll results show that the American people do not want this bill, yet Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and the 100 most leftist of those in Congress and the Senate are going to try to ram it down our throats.

What they are trying to do is to allow those Senators who are either by conviction or for political considerations worrying about re-election, to get them to vote to send the bill to the floor for debate. Who can be against just debating this bill? Why would it be a problem? Because once it is on the floor being debated they can use the so called "Nuclear Option" and get it voted in with a simple 51-49 majority. This would let the so called blue dogs vote against it in the floor vote to tell their constituents that they voted against it. Even though they all know that in this case voting for the debate will be voting for the bill. They are just trying to hide if from you, they believe you are too ignorant to catch them.

The next step is a vote for Cloture or to move it to the final vote, with a maximum of 30 more hours of debate. Any bill in the Senate must pass these 60 vote tests and Clotures, as well as final votes, unless they invoke the "nuclear option" and cut off all by going to the chair or Vice President to call an immediate vote where a simple majority can preside. This has never been used but for emergency budget bills. It would be in effect changing the Constitutional rules of the Senate and totally unprecedented, but has already been promised by Reid and others in the Senate. They don't care about the rules, the Constitution, or The People's will, only about their power grab.

This is not about making health care, it is not about improving costs, or availability, it is about a government power grab and taking your tax dollars. There are 17 new taxes in this bill, and over 100 new government agencies.

On Saturday they are doing a "test" vote to allow the bill to go to the floor for debate. They need 60 votes to advance the bill. The Democrats hold a 60-40 seat advantage in the Senate so they can do this and the Republicans can not stop them unless someone of the Democrats defects and votes no.

Reid to try to keep that from happening is giving away your tax dollars to special interests of Senators who are concerned about voting for this. In other words he is offering them bribes and offerings of political capital to try to help these Senators shore up support at home.

Jonathon Karl of ABC gives us this case study:
"On page 432 of the Reid bill, there is a section increasing federal Medicaid subsidies for “certain states recovering from a major disaster.”

The section spends two pages defining which “states” would qualify, saying, among other things, that it would be states that “during the preceding 7 fiscal years” have been declared a “major disaster area.”

I am told the section applies to exactly one state: Louisiana, the home of moderate Democrat Mary Landrieu, who has been playing hard to get on the health care bill.

In other words, the bill spends two pages describing would could be written with a single world: Louisiana. (This may also help explain why the bill is long.)

Senator Harry Reid, who drafted the bill, cannot pass it without the support of Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu.

How much does it cost? According to the Congressional Budget Office: $100 million."

So 100 million of our tax dollars are given to JUST ONE Senator to buy that one vote on something that you don't want.

Saturday will be a day of sleight of hand, trickery, and deceit against the American people. Our only chance is to call them out on it, call your Senators that you not only know about these tricks, but will hold them accountable if they use them.

It is more than time that those elected representatives in D.C. once again realize that they work for us, not the other way around.

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