March 10, 2010

Slaughter's House Rules

Unable to competently draft a health care rationing bill that Democratic majorities in the House and Senate can agree on, House Rules Chairman Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) is attempting to concoct an unconstitutional rule that would consider the bill voted upon, even though it is has not been:

The twisted scheme by which Democratic leaders plan to bend the rules to ram President Obama's massive health care legislation through Congress now has a name: the Slaughter Solution.

The Slaughter Solution is a plan by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the Democratic chair of the powerful House Rules Committee and a key ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), to get the health care legislation through the House without an actual vote on the Senate-passed health care bill. You see, Democratic leaders currently lack the votes needed to pass the Senate health care bill through the House. Under Slaughter's scheme, Democratic leaders will overcome this problem by simply "deeming" the Senate bill passed in the House - without an actual vote by members of the House.

They are attempting to declare victory without a vote, governing by fiat.

Please pay attention, my fellow Americans.

Governments that begin trying to rewrite rules that have worked for hundreds of years in order to seize a temporary advantage quickly become drunk on that power if they are allowed it, and the result is always unpleasant.

Slaughter's subversive House rules are just one avenue that leftists are pursuing in a frenetic quest to seize as much power for themselves as possible before many of their number are thrown out of office in November. The problem, of course, is that if they find that they can simply rewrite the rules to suit them, then even the sting of electoral defeat may no longer be a threat to their ambitions.

Watch them closely.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 10, 2010 03:59 PM

I expect that this will be a 24 hour wonder, and then disappear. However, just suppose they went ahead and did this. It would of course be fast tracked to the SCOTUS. If the vote were anything other than 9-0 against, we would have a good list of justices to impeach. Not joking here.

Posted by: Tregonsee at March 10, 2010 04:36 PM

At this rate this administration is going to end in Civil War.

Posted by: God Help Us at March 10, 2010 07:51 PM

Your scenario is very scary, Tregonsee, because if there were an impeachment trial of justices allowing such a scheme, the trying body would be the US Senate. And I don't think that would go so well for Liberty.

Posted by: MikeM at March 10, 2010 07:58 PM

SCOTUS would invalidate any attempt to enforce a "law" that hadn't been signed by both houses, even if it is more like 6-3 (a wise Latina and a justice who prefers Euro law would certainly support eliminating all those pesky Constitutional law)

Posted by: iconoclast at March 11, 2010 12:23 AM