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Let’s call her mam on Nov 3rd

She is one of, if not the most, arrogant Senator in Congress. Her now infamous “Do me a favor … could you call me Senator … I worked so hard to get that title” slap-down of a US Army officer during a Senate hearing was just the icing on the cake of her superciliousness.

When I saw the video below I hollowed:

Call Me Senator from RightChange on Vimeo.

Let’s make sure we can call her “mam” on Nov 3rd and not wound her delicate sensibilities.

Vote for Carly Fiorina for Senate!

Would a Scott Brown near-miss send a message?

As with most every other political junkie in the US, I’ve followed the Scott Brown phenomenon underway in Massachusetts with fascination and (dare I say it?) hope! He has achieved something no one thought possible … even 30 days ago. Yet there is one phrase I hear and read with increasing frequency; even if Scott brown loses today, he will have sent a the Democrats a chilling message regarding Obamacare.

I heard a similar refrain last November regarding the special Congressional race in the 23rd district of New York when the local Republican party bosses ran a very liberal candidate, Dede Scozzafava. A rival candidate, Doug Hoffman, ran on the Conservative Party ticket and in the last couple of weeks came from single digit territory to a double digit lead over Scozzafava, causing her to drop out of the race just days before the election. The Democrat candidate, Bill Owens went on to win the race by about five points (Scozzafava picked up about 10% of the total vote even after dropping out).

So … did the Democratic party in Washington change their agenda in response to having just dodged a bullet? Absolutely not! They deemed Owens’ win as confirmation that their agenda was safe. Well the same thing will happen if Martha Coakley, the Dem candidate running against Scott Brown, wins today.

A win is just that, and a loss is a loss. It can’t be spun any other way. And regardless of the message a close win would provide for the conservatives and Republicans, the Democrats will feel that their agenda was vindicated.

For those of us on the right, the only win would be for Scott Brown to become the next US Senator representing Massachusetts. Messages only count if the recipient is listening to you.

Obamacare inevitable?

This is the $64000 question (or in today’s world, $64 Trillion). Is passage of Obamacare inevitable?

Some say yes and some say no, it’s not inevitable. Time will certainly tell, but I’d say chances are better that 90%. However, we can’t live our lives on … dare I say it? … HOPE! To hope that this foray into socialism won’t happen isn’t a plan. You can be certain the Democrats aren’t ‘hoping’ they will have the votes so it will pass.

The Dems have approached this legislation very strategically. I think they were taken aback in August by the ferociousness of grassroots opposition from the ‘tea parties.’ However, by November, they decided to ignore their constituents’ protests an just push forward. This point was made abundantly clear this morning when Sen. Jim DeMint (R – SC) read the provision Sen Harry Reid (D – NV) slipped into the bill prohibiting repeal of certain provisions of Obamacare by future Senate:

there’s one provision that I found particularly troubling and it’s under section C, titled “Limitations on changes to this subsection.”

and I quote — “it shall not be in order in the senate or the house of representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.”

My first thought upon hearing of this was “how can any Congress write a law prohibiting future Congress’ of repealing said law?” DeMint goes on to call this a “rule change;”

This is not legislation. It’s not law. This is a rule change. It’s a pretty big deal. We will be passing a new law and at the same time creating a senate rule that makes it out of order to amend or even repeal the law.

I’m not even sure that it’s constitutional, but if it is, it most certainly is a senate rule. I don’t see why the majority party wouldn’t put this in every bill. If you like your law, you most certainly would want it to have force for future senates.

I mean, we want to bind future congresses. This goes to the fundamental purpose of senate rules: to prevent a tyrannical majority from trampling the rights of the minority or of future co congresses.

I still say “how can any Congress write into any bill a provision that prohibits future lawmakers from changing or repealing that law?” Even amendments to the Constitution can be repealed, e.g. the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment which introduced Prohibition.

Back to my main point; The Dems have been very strategic in their approach but it doesn’t appear the Republican are being strategic in either their opposition to the legislation nor in plans to challenge Obamacare in court once signed into law. Lastly, the Reps need let the Dems know that a major effort will be undertaken to repeal this monstrosity beginning Jan 3, 2011. Maybe the GOP doesn’t want to telegraph their moves, but their past actions couldn’t be termed ‘strategic’ by any stretch of the imagination.

I guess we can HOPE!

UPDATE: I was too quick on the draw about work being done on the legal side.

Toasted ACORN anyone?

Chestnuts are good, but … this just came in over at FoxNews.com:

Senate Votes to Cut Off ACORN Housing Funding

The amendment, offered by Sen. Mike Johanns, passed in a vote of 83 to 7 and prohibits the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now from receiving funds from the current Transportation and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. It marks the third time this year Republicans tried to block the organization from federal funding.

This will hurt ACORN, but what is really needed is an investigation of ACORN by the Justice Department on racketeering. When you start reading about all of the things they have been dodging over the past few years, you wonder how they have survived for so long.

Will Attorney General Eric Holder do what’s right, or will he punt as he did in the case against the two Philadelphia Black Panther members charged with voter intimidation following last Novembers presidential election? I wouldn’t be able to get away with one percent of what ACORN has been shown to be pulling off … but then it would be tough for me to yell ‘racist’ after being accused of not paying my payroll taxes.