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An Open Letter to the 317 Elected Dumocrats in Washington D.C.*

   Sen. Tom Harkin, the chairman of the Senate Health Committee, said negotiators from the White House, Senate and House reached a final deal on healthcare reform days before Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts.

   ....Harkin said "we had an agreement, with the House, the White House and the Senate. We sent it to [the Congressional Budget Office] to get scored and then Tuesday happened and we didn't get it back." He said negotiators had an agreement in hand on Friday, Jan. 15. Harkin made clear that negotiators had reached a final deal on the entire bill, not just the excise plans, which had been reported the previous day, Jan. 14.

 Mother Jones

You have been played.  Rickrolled onto a web page that six months ago existed only in Republicans' wet dreams.  Taken.  Pockets emptied and left to die in an abandoned whorehouse South of the Mason-Dixon line.

You allowed the Republicans to play the only strategy they had: delay, delay, delay, and delay some more, ever holding out that piece of bipartisanship candy just out of reach, until something came along to derail your train.  And something did! The public got so fed up with your dithering and your bickering and your political buyoffs that THEY VOTED FOR A REPUBLICAN SENATOR FOR MASSACHUSETTS.  You remember that state, don't you? The lone state that voted for George McGovern in 1972.  Yup, "That one!"

You could have passed a strong health care reform bill in July, any time after Senator Franken was seated.  You could have pass ANYTHING YOU WANTED TO for the last three months, once Senator Kirk was seated.

May I lay it out for you, since you obviously STILL DON'T GET IT?

You were voted into power to PASS HEALTH CARE REFORM. Not sit on your very large asses for 12 months and bloviate.  Like the Republicans did for eight years while the cost of health care skyrocketed.

You were voted into power to FIX THE ECONOMY.  The one the Republicans broke.  Worst. Economy. Ever. (Post WWII).  And by sitting on your very large asses and bloviating for 12 months, you've managed the impossible:  the REPUBLICANS are now successfully BLAMING YOU for the economy! Good hand sirs (and madams), well played!

You were voted into power to STOP WALL STREET FROM REALLY CAUSING ANOTHER GREAT DEPRESSION the next time they decide to go batshit insane.  Not sit on you very large asses for 12 months and bloviate.  Am I being repetitive here?

The President was voted into power to CHANGE THE WAY WASHINGTON WORKS. Not to instruct you to sit on you very large asses for 12 months and try to get your Republican colleagues to sing Kumbaya with you.  Is that better?

But you couldn't help it, could you?  You thought we were all just joking in 2008, didn't you?  "Ha, ha.  The people want us to go sit on our very large asses and bloviate, don't they?" the distinguished Senator from Insuriana asked.  "Why, yes, yes, I believe that's what they do want, old boy!" replied the distinguished Senator from Citigroupia.

In 12 months you've managed to a) inspire your opposition, b) utterly demoralize your staunchest supporters, and c) make the rest of the population believe that you really are the incompetent bumblers you are making every effort to appear to be.

And yet, despite all your dithering, despite all your blundering and bloviating, despite your exhibitions of spinelessness that make worms look like paragons of rigidity by comparison, you still have a chance to do the right thing, or at least a right thing.  After all, you actually PASSED HEALTH CARE REFORM LEGISLATION.  YOU VOTED FOR IT. YOU EVEN HAD AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE ON A FINAL BILL.

Nothing stops you from getting a bill onto the President's desk. Nothing stops you from flipping the bird to every Republican in the House and Senate and saying we will do this without you. Nothing, that is, other than your own lack of will, your lack of any conception that you must hang together, or you will all hang separately.  

Republicans know full well that absolutely nothing would have stopped them if they were in your position from getting a bill to their President.  And they are supremely confident that nothing will prevent you, once again, from failing to do so.  

They are mocking you. Chortling openly.  Salivating. They are tingling with more anticipation than Mark Sanford on his way to Argentina.  And you are going to satiate their desires, aren't you?

And as I continue to contact my Congressperson and Senators to demand health care reform, I fart in your general direction.

Thanks for nothing.

* 1 President, 60 (soon to be 59) Senators, 256 Representatives

Originally posted to jpmassar on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 08:47 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  This letter should have been written (5+ / 0-)
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    Sylv, highacidity, lgmcp, malharden, jpmassar

    more narrowly to Blue Dogs.  I won't even put the D word after it.

  •  Based on title I came in ready for recipes (5+ / 0-)

    but actually the point of view is not unreasonable.  A little over-formatted, perhaps, but expressive of a frustration many of us share.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 08:55:58 AM PST

  •  For chrissakes. (5+ / 0-)

    We never had 60 votes in the Senate.

    It was Joe Lieberman who was salivating, and he's pissed off that Brown got elected. Now he can't step in at the last second like we all knew he was going to anyway and hold up his hand.


    Baucus, Lincoln, Pryor, Bayh .. this delusion of 60 votes was always a joke.  

    Air America listeners, check this out

    by shpilk on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 09:01:20 AM PST

    •  Did I miss something? (2+ / 0-)
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      BoxerDave, HPrefugee

      I thought the Senate passed a health care bill with 60 votes before Christmas after cutting off debate with 60 votes.

      I must have been delusional.

    •  You missed the point. (2+ / 0-)
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      BoxerDave, lgmcp

      They had an agreement, even if the 60 votes was just an illusion. The compromise went to the CBO. And now it's just sitting there, waiting for us to have even fewer votes. How in the name of God can we consider that "competent"?

      --Free thinkers shouldn't go around thinking just anything. (Terry Pratchett)

      by HPrefugee on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 09:05:17 AM PST

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    •  Still, a brisker timetable (1+ / 0-)
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      might conceivably have been effected without significantly changing the compromise-riddled outcome.  Over the course of the year, shaving just a few weeks could have made a significant difference.  "Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, it might have been!"

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 09:05:44 AM PST

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      •  To expect such a massive bill would get (2+ / 0-)
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        lgmcp, jpmassar

        rammed through is something Republicans [if they had the majority] would get done. Democrats are too diverse to expect this to ever happen.

        Yes, Reid could have done a much better job, but reality sets in quick when single payer is taken off the table, and we have to 'settle' for what 70% of the public wanted - the public option. And then, we have to settle for 'health cooperatives' and clinics.

        Reality sets in.  

        Air America listeners, check this out

        by shpilk on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 09:12:01 AM PST

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    •  Be honest (4+ / 0-)
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      shpilk, MKinTN, GrouchoKossak, MKHector

      What we have had is an abuse of the filibuster rule.

      It takes 60 votes for cloture.  In unprecedented fashion, a half dozen Democrats denied leadership on a procedural motion.  In LBJ's day, that would have gotten you stripped of campaign funding in the next election.  In the case of Lieberman, that should have gotten him expulsion from the Democratic Caucus.  Now that there are 59 votes instead of 60, maybe stripping Lieberman from his chair and being honest about there being only 58 votes in the caucus would be helpful.

      We never had 60 votes for anything in healthcare reform in the Senate.  That's why they created a poison pill bill to send to the House.

      50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

      by TarheelDem on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 09:17:51 AM PST

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    •  The Consitiution says 51 votes. (1+ / 0-)
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      End the filibuster, use Reconciliation, do whatever it takes.

      The backlash from using parliamentary tricks will be NOTHING compared to the heat we will take if we deliver Failure.

  •  What's so dumb? (6+ / 0-)
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    boran2, lgmcp, MKinTN, jpmassar, ctexrep, ciganka

    You get a cool prestigious job, make lots of very valuable contacts for when you finally retire, get treated like royalty when you travel, are addressed by your title and have terrific benies.
    All you have to do is vote the way your paymasters indicate.
    If eventually an angry populous finally overcomes the massive war-chest you can draw from, and turns you out of office, you move a couple blocks into a nicer office with 5 times your former salary.
    Sounds like a pretty slick operation to me.

    •  This is why (1+ / 0-)
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      We need a few things to happen to former Congressmen:

      #1, we term-limit every representative to just one fucking term.  To compensate for how unfair that seems to career politicians, we abolish career politicians in the House and draw our representatives by lottery.  Nobody is excluded.  Lottery winners are subjected to a basic reading comprehension test that determines if they are mentally fit to read, understand, and vote on legislation.

      #2, Senators still get elected, but they cannot have the filibuster, period.  All votes in the Senate are majority ONLY.  Without a politicized House as a foil, the Senate can't keep pretending they are not responsible for passing legislation.

      #3, No retiring Congressman, Senator, or President is allowed to transact business or be employed with any lobbying or political action organization, or with any organization that fell under the purview of his committee assignments.  

      Not perfect, but I sure would like to see this treated as a job and not a fucking lottery.

      Republicans and personal responsibility are distant, estranged acquaintances.

      by slippytoad on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 09:20:32 AM PST

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      •  Much of what you've suggested (0+ / 0-)

        would of course be impossible under the Constitution, and if you think getting healthcare passed was slow-motion sausage-making, just try passing a Constitutional Amendment.

        The one thing I will say is that term limits are generally a bad idea. Michigan has had them for 17 years, and Randy Richardville had this to say:

        Today, Richardville is a state senator, and he believes term limits have been a mixed bag. On one hand, he says they've brought people with different backgrounds to Lansing. On the other, he says there have been unintended consequences with an influx of inexperienced legislators who often are overrun by lobbyists and bureaucrats.

        Michigan is entering its 17th year under term limits. Nowadays, if you ask most lobbyists, bureaucrats and followers of state government what the biggest problem is in Lansing, chances are, they'll finger term limits.

        "They’ve generally been a failure," said Bill Rustem, president of the Lansing-based public policy firm Public Sector Consultants. "They've meant the government is focused on the short-term rather than the long-term. There's an inability to understand complicated issues. There's an unwillingness of competent people to seek office."


        The best way to give lobbyists more power is to enact term limits.

        "As for what is not true, you will always find abundance in the newspapers." --Thomas Jefferson

        by wide eyed lib on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 11:07:18 AM PST

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  •  Dumocrats? (2+ / 0-)
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    Sylv, highacidity

    Some good points, but geez, do we really need to deploy Freeper nicknames? If so, at least use some of the more entertaining ones like DemonRATS, or whatever.

    If apes evolved from humans, why are there still humans?

    by Bobs Telecaster on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 09:14:54 AM PST

  •  blah blah blah.....whine whine whine.... (0+ / 0-)

    look another healthcare whine thread.  Gosh, haven't seem many of those around lately.  

    And I suppose your solution is to just not vote...AGAIN!  Brilliant as always!

    Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing. --George Orwell

    by thestupiditburns on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 10:40:12 AM PST

  •  Good, on-point rant.... (0+ / 0-)

    .....I'd have focused a little less on blaming the president (it's not like he vetoed a health care bill); but a very good commentary about the past year in Congress.

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