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Senate inching closer to reform passage

By Ben Pershing
It's all over but the shouting in the Senate, where Democrats are in the midst of clearing another procedural hurdle en route to final passage of a health-care bill.

The chamber will vote on another procedural motion Wednesday and then take a last tally on Christmas Eve, unless Republicans answer the silent prayers of poor little aides and reporters across the land and consent to an earlier vote. "Lacking the votes to block the bill, Republicans heaped scorn on the many concessions made to wavering Democrats in the quest to advance the package," the Washington Post writes, as the GOP attacked both those who received special treats in the bill (Chris Dodd) and those who didn't (Blanche Lincoln). Dana Milbank runs through the latest monikers for all the various sweeteners that were inluded in the bill, adding "Gator Aid" and "Handout Montana" to the legislative lexicon. Michael Steele was especially descriptive in his criticism, saying Congress was "flipping a bird to the American people." (Odds are someone is out there right now using Photoshop to illustrate Steele's comment.) The Las Vegas Sun says Harry Reid "has never been known as an inspiring public speaker. What Reid has always excelled at is cutting the deal. And the deal he struck on health care will be one for the history books."

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By Ben Pershing  |  December 22, 2009; 8:31 AM ET
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The Republicans are only shooting themselves in the foot by continuing their desecration of the Christmas holiday with political vitriol. They can't stop this bill.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | December 22, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

PROGRESSIVE DEMS HOLDING SOME CARDS UP THEIR SLEEVE?

The Dems may be playing it just right. Promise the blackmailers anything now, and, as they say in the TV biz, "we'll fix it in post (production)."

As public opinion sours on business-as-usual pork-rolling, look for those special Senate favors to be stripped from the bill.

By the time that the conference committee convenes to reconcile the House and Senate versions of health care reform, the Dem leadership won't need the likes of Lieberman and Nelson to secure passage of a final reform package that mirrors the House bill -- and perhaps even throws in that expansion of Medicare and a modest public option.

That endgame strategy would not only please disillusioned liberals and progressives, but would give Team Obama some legislative "oomph" to do even bigger things in the new year. As the left wing of the party now says, "Hope for audacity."

BUT...

Health care reform a cruel joke when Americans are unconstitutionally targeted by their government for SILENT TORTURE:

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SECRET MULTI-AGENCY FED PROGRAM SILENTLY TORTURES, IMPAIRS, SUBJUGATES U.S. CITIZENS WITH CELL TOWER/SATELLITE MICROWAVE/LASER 'DIRECTED ENERGY' WEAPONS AND LOCAL 'COMMUNITY WATCH' VIGILANTE TERRORISM, SAYS VETERAN JOURNALIST

"These are crimes against humanity and the Constitution, being perpetrated under the cover of national security and 'safe streets' by multiple federal and local agencies and commands -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight, enabled by the naivete of those who think 'it can't happen here.'" -- Victor Livingston, former reporter for WTXF-TV Philadelphia, Phila. Bulletin, N.Y. Daily News, St. Petersburg Times; producer/host, MSG Network Sports Business Report; columnist, NowPublic.com/scrivener.

JOURNO TO FBI: TAKE CONTROL OF DHS-RUN FUSION CENTERS
TO STOP SILENT MICROWAVE / LASER ATTACKS ON U.S. CITIZENS

http://nowpublic.com/world/obama-wrong-unaware-u-s-does-torture-its-own-citizens
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
nowpublic.com/world/govt-tortures-me-silent-microwave-weapons-ousted-s-prez
OR (if links are corrupted / disabled): NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | December 22, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

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