Cynical Synapse

Wed, 17 Mar 2010

How Many Pieces of Silver for Kucinich?

Filed under: Congress, Government, Medicine, Politics, President, Take action — cynicalsynapse @ 9:14 pm

Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Personally, I’ve never liked Dennis Kucinich (D-Cleveland). I first heard of him as mayor of Cleveland, a post he filled for just 2 years. Before that, he first served on the Cleveland City Council in 1969, the same year Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River caught fire. From my perspective, Kucinich has always been sort of “out there”. More importantly, though, I’ve never felt his ideas were grounded in reality. It’s kind of like he’s either not gotten how the world works or he’s truly convinced Utopia can be achieved. Thus, Kucinich is considered the über liberal, especially in the Democratic party.

Kucinich voted against the original House version of the health care overhaul bill. And he’s been holding out on his vote for the Senate version. Kucinich told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell:

This bill represents a giveaway to the insurance industry. $70 billion a year, and no guarantees of any control over premiums, forcing people to buy private insurance

I’m sorry, I just don’t see that this bill is the solution.

Pres. Obama and Rep. Kucinich

Suddenly, today Kucinich thinks the Senate bill is just what we need. Never mind it doesn’t include a public option, even though Kucinich’s far left view is a 100% public option is the way to go. How many pieces of silver did Kucinich sell his liberal soul for? In his announcement of support for the current health care overhaul bill, Kucinich said:

I have doubts about the bill. This is not the bill I wanted to support… However, after careful discussions with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, my wife Elizabeth and close friends, I’ve decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation.

Liberal Kucinich sold out for a ride on Air Force One. The ripple effect will likely be more moderate Democrats no longer feel they have a leg to stand on in opposing the health care bill. As a result, Speaker Pelosi may be able to bring the bill to a vote after all, avoiding the need to “do whatever is necessary” to secure passage of the bill.

Pelosi stretching the rules

If Pelosi can secure the needed 216 votes to pass the bill, she can avoid the potential Constitutional crisis of using the Slaughter rule to “deem” the Senate version passed by voting on a House corrections bill. Such a move would violate the US Constitution, a document our elected representatives are sworn to uphold and defend. It would also circumvent the conference process, the normal method of reconciling differences between Senate and House versions of bills. That, too, seems to be lost on Speaker Pelosi in her brainless lust to deliver to Pres. Obama a health care bill he can sign.

Assuming she pulls that off, it’s not the end of Constitutional concerns, however. Fundamentally, it’s likely the Constitution does not grant Congress authority to regulate health care.

Killing the bill is the preference of the majority, 53%. I wonder why Kucinich started acting like every other politician all of the sudden. The bill’s not any better than it was; in fact, it’s probably worse. What did Pres. Obama promise him?

I still urge you to email or call your US Representative with your views on health care overhaul and its associated bills.

Previously on health care reform:


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