Saturday, December 19, 2009

Liberal Grijalva and Pro-Life Nelson Take their stand on Health Care

Our leftista Congressman has promised not to vote for healthcare reform as it now stands in the Senate. I hope he follows through on that promise:
"Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) lays it on the line. If Senate health care legislation doesn't move significantly to the left when House and Senate negotiators meet to resolve the differences between their bills, he's a "no."
"The Senate has somehow managed to turn the House's silk purse into a sow's ear," Grijalva says in a statement. "If what the Senate is doing isn't corrected in conference with the House, I will not support the bill. Since the Senate won't use reconciliation, which only requires 51 votes, it doesn't look promising for any real change."
No, Congressman, real change will come in 2010 when overspending radicals like yourself are voted out.

On the other end of the building this morning, Ben Nelson is being offered the world on a platter for his vote on health-care. Nelson, a pro-life Democrat, is withholding his vote on Obamacare because it would allow federal funds to be used for abortion. Like a modern-day Faust, Harry Reid is offering Nelson anything he wants in order to encourage the former Nebraska governor to sell out on his principles. 

A former insurance executive considered the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, the 69-year-old Nelson -- one of 60 Democratic votes needed to enact the legislation over unanimous Republican opposition -- has spoken privately at least three times in the past 10 days with President Barack Obama. But whatever pressure he's facing in Washington is sure to pale with the heat he'd face at home for making an abortion-related misstep during the health care debate.
"He'd be toast," said Mary Jo Bousek, who joined  protests. "I have friends who are Republicans who voted for him because they're very pro-life."
After marathon talks, the Obama administration and Democratic leaders appeared near agreement with Nelson late Friday night to provide the crucial 60th vote. He told reporters "real progress" had been made, but offered no details and said nothing final had emerged from the talks.
 Nelson is facing a tough choice, to stand alone on principles or to cave in for funding for his district. And how would our own Grijalva respond to such pressure? 
The truth  is that Harry Reid, having already snubbed Nelson by refusing to allow a vote for his amendment banning funding for abortion, is now trying to force Nelson to give in on his core beliefs about human life in order to Kowtow to radical socialist beliefs like those of Grijalva, people with nothing at stake here except there burgeoning egos and ever-growing government pensions.
Is this what the Democratic Party has become? A gang of bullies who force constituents to tow the line or risk political destruction?
Don't be snowed by the blizzard sweeping Washington today.

Update: Guess Nelson sold out his soul to the devil:

Democratic leaders also offered Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska a deal similar to the $300 million in Medicaid aid Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana got for her support, numerous sources told Fox News.
When asked about this, Sen. Kent Conrad, a key Democratic leader involved in the negotiations with Nelson, said, "Oh, it'll be much more."

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