"The most significant threat to our national security is our debt," Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, August 27,2010

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Vote

Here is the vote. The 60 YEAs have voted to force all US citizens to purchase, under penalty of law, health insurance. These same 60 have taken an oath to “support and defend the constitution of the United States.” Not one can cite any passage in the constitution granting them the power, directly or indirectly, to force such a position upon any US citizen. One Senator was asked if he thought the vote was constitutional.  His response, "I'm not a lawyer."  These same 60 people used bribes, coercion, closed door deals and outright corruption with their special interest groups to attain passage of this legislation. If this country had even one Judiciary official with one ounce of backbone, the 60 would be indicted for crimes and misdemeanors and prosecuted as any one of us would similarly expect prosecution for such violation of oath and law. The best we can hope for is that they are retired in due course by the American voter to enjoy the massive perquisites, benefits and retirement payments they have voted themselves. In a culture with fundamentals and values, these 60 would be shunned and shamed and dispensed to the dustbin of ignominy.

YEAs ---60

Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burris (D-IL)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaufman (D-DE)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kirk (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Specter (D-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

You can read the entire bill here:  http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c111:6:./temp/~c111QodK5L::


NDDillon said...

The power to provide for the general welfare of the populace is granted in the Constitution. As such, passage of the bills in both the House and the Senate are constitutional acts.

Calling for the undictment of 60 senators is troubling. It smacks of not liking the results of elections and wanting to overcome the people's will. Power swings as a pendulum. I assume it has swung against your views, but that is an unstoppable result. It will no doubt swing back at some point.

YOur comments flows against the real problem. The lack of civility in politics is appalling. The inability of anyone to seek common ground is the worst thing that comes out of this piece of legislation. There is a health care crisis which includes out of control costs. I quesiton whether this bill provides a real solution to the problem. I hope it helps. The level of partisanship does not assist the country in finding solutions. The blame rests with both sides, but the Republicans showed a complete unwillingness to participate in the process. The minority, which offered no solutions at all, is the biggest loser in my eyes.

Patrick Flynn said...

This commentator is correct. "to promote the general welfare..." is indeed in the Preamble.
Furthermore, the Supreme Court has already passed judgment on this legislation. When it affirmed that the "right" to an education is constitutional, the Supremes made each and every similar legisaltion, like the right to health care constitutional as well. This legislation will never be repealed, because, deep down the "R's" are only marginally less in favor of more govt. control. They'll use this issue as a springboard to gain more seats, then do nothing about weakening it or repealing it.