Journal: Senate Side-Stepping Constitution

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Watching the Constitution Disappear

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By Joseph Smith

The President says the Constitution is defective, and now Senator Harry Reid is preparing the coup de grace. Once Reid and Obama emerge from their transparent closed-door consultations on how to blend the two competing Senate Health Care bills, Senator Reid has a nifty parlor trick up his sleeve.   . . . . . .The plan to railroad Obamacare through was initially reported last week by Huma! n Events and The Heritage Foundation, and has now been confirmed by Senator Reid’s office.Here is Senator Reid’s plan in a nutshell, from CNS News:   A senior aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told CNSNews.com that it is “likely” that Reid will use H.R. 1586-a bill passed by the House in March to impose a 90-percent tax on bonuses paid to employees of certain bailed-out financial institutions-as a “shell” for enacting the final version of the Senate’s health care bill, which Reid is responsible for crafting.The rub here, and the reason Senator Reid has conjured up his little parlor trick, is the Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 7:   All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives, but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other bills.

Phi Beta Iota: The public should follow this closely, and if it comes to pass, demand the impeachment of all Senators who vote to side-step the Constitution in this manner.  Below is a graphic, and a link to a a summary of health care fundamentals and a press release on health reform that was sent to every Member of the two Committees dealing with this matter, and to every correspondent registered as covering health.  Not a single one took note.  The Senate has become criminally neglectful of its Constitutional duties to the citizens.  The health care legislation is ignorant, incomplete, unaffordable, and a betrayal of the public trust.

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