"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."


Glenn Reynolds:

Barack Obama:
"Impossible to transcend."

Albert A. Gore, Jr.:
"An incontinent brute."

Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
"God damn the Gentleman Farmer."

Friends of GF's Sons:
"Is that really your dad?"

Kickball Girl:
"Keeping 'em alive until 7:45."

Hired Hand:
"I think . . . we forgot the pheasant."

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TTLB Ecosystem

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Well, THAT'S Mature

If you're not following this, then congratulations on having a real life.

But if you are following this, you know that having passed the Senate health care bill, now signed into law by the President (in the company of Joe "This is a big fucking deal" Biden), the House sent a raft of amendments to the Senate. These "fixes" are all part of the creaky complicated deal that secured passage in the House.

Senate rules permit the offering of amendments, while Senate Democrats must pass the precise bill sent from the House -- every jot and tittle. Democrats must vote down each and every such amendment, no matter what it says. So the Republicans have decided that if they can't stop the bill from passing (and they can't) they might as well have some fun, and embarrass their Democrat colleagues while they're at it.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okl.), for example, will introduce an amendment titled "No Erectile Dysfunction Drugs To Sex Offenders," to prohibit convicted child molesters, rapists, and sex offenders from getting erectile dysfunction medication from their health care providers. But the Democrats must vote "no," thus generating tasty political ads in the Fall. Other possibilities come easily to mind. How about "Elder Care Protection" mandating that necessary health care not be withdrawn from citizens over age 70 based solely on age?


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