Friday, December 31, 2010

Columnist: Obamacare mess is legacy of Dems' moment of power

Every so often, voters need to be reminded why they don't trust the Democratic Party. The disastrous two years under Obama/Pelosi/Reid have been a real eye-opener.

Columnist Byron York reminds us how Obamacare was passed by a fluke and why Democrats can never be trusted with power again.

From his latest column:
Obamacare is the product of a brief moment of total Democratic dominance in Washington. Key to that dominance was a 60-seat, filibuster-proof Senate majority. It wasn't a sure bet for Democrats; despite victories in 2008, the party's hopes for that majority depended on the outcome of a contested race in Minnesota. After a controversial recount, Al Franken became the 60th Democratic senator on July 7, 2009, giving Democrats an unassailable edge.

But that majority disappeared just 49 days later when, on August 25, 2009, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy died. State law called for a special election to fill the empty seat. That would have taken months, and as public opposition to Obamacare grew, Democrats became increasingly anxious to pass the bill as quickly as possible. Luckily for them, Democrats in the Massachusetts legislature came to the rescue, changing the law to allow the immediate appointment of Democrat Paul Kirk. Kirk was sworn in on September 24, 2009, giving Democrats 60 votes once more.
Obamacare mess is legacy of Dems' moment of power | Washington Examiner

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