Down the Hatch

March 10th, 2010

The first in our reconciliation series, inspired by A health reform tactic that degrades democracy (Sen. Orrin Hatch, Washington Post 3/02/10), The role for reconciliation (Sen. Kent Conrad, Washington Post 3/06/10), and Ramming Speed! (Richard Cohen, Washington Post 3/09/10).

“Ram the damn thing, Mr. President. Ram it!” – Richard Cohen, Washington Post 3/09/10

Sen. Hatch, you say reconciliation will destroy the Senate,

But somehow your repeated past use didn’t dent it.

You voted to use reconciliation four times,

So I guess you’re only opposed to it sometimes.


Dems are not using reconciliation to “pass healthcare reform,”

Contrary to GOP efforts to misinform.

Healthcare reform already passed both houses, you must agree

(Including the Senate with a supermajority).


Reconciliation is only needed for what it was created to do:

Reconcile the differences between the two.

(One blogger coined the term “micro-reconciliation

To combat constant GOP misinformation.)


The GOP has used reconciliation to pass legislation in the past

(16 times since it was created, versus 6 times for Dems, by contrast).

You used it to pass $1.65 trillion in Bush tax cuts for the wealthy

(With no offset, so it went straight to the deficit, which isn’t healthy).


The Senate Parliamentarian was then going to rule

That the GOP couldn’t then use reconciliation as a tool.

Cheney could have just over-ruled him, but instead

Cheney fired him and got a new parliamentarian instead.


Dems will use reconciliation to get rid of the Cornhusker Kickback,

So why are you subjecting it to such attack?

Dems want to use it to excise the Louisiana Purchase,

So why do claim it will take us to the abyss?


Would you rather Dems keep that stuff in?

Don’t tell me you’d do such a thing, just to win.

Don’t tell me you’re just trying to score cheap political points,

Which the truth about reconciliation unfortunately disappoints.


As your colleague Kent points out, reconciliation is perfectly legitimate,

So it’s hard for me to understand why you’re having such a fit.

You must understand by now it’s not for the whole bill.

That’s been explained so often, how could you misunderstand still?


And as far as your favorite GOP talking point is concerned

In which not a scintilla of truth can be discerned,

No throat-ramming or jamming are taking place,

Not like when you were in the Majority, when it was commonplace.


But even if that were true, to Hell with #41 (Scott Brown).

Like Mr. Cohen says, for God’s sake, let’s ram it down!

That’s how politics work, as someone of your background knows.

So open wide, Senator, and down the Hatch it goes.

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Here’s  Robert Dove interviewed on MSNBC about reconciliation. He’s the Parliamentarian that then-VP Cheney fired because Dove wouldn’t rule as the Bush Administration wanted, though Dove himself was also a Republican.
 

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Here are Countdown’s 3/01/10 report on reconciliation (with an appearance by Ezra Klein), with Lawrence O’Donnell standing in for Keith.

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Here’s Countdown’s 3/02/10 report, including an interview with Sen. Kent Conrad, explaining that his statements about reconciliation not being applicable to the healthcare reform bill as a whole did not mean it could not apply to the budget-related elements being proposed for reconciliation. (You also get some bonus discussion of the public option.)

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Here’s Jon Stewart’s 3/04/10 report on how reconciliation (as Jon referred to it, “the ‘R’ word”) will “jam the bill” down the American public’s throat (plus the planned Republican use of another favorite “R” word, the Rapture).

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And here are Stephen Colbert’s 3/04/10, 3/08/10, 3/09/10 (Oh No, Rush is leaving), and 3/10/10 reports.

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Health Care Magic
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Action Center – Health Care Bill – Ezra Klein
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The Word – Define & Conquer
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Intro – 03/10/10
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