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Monday, March 22, 2010

Pressured Politics Wins The Day

Just when people thought the Democrats failed in their battle to pass health care legislation after Scott Brown won Teddy Kennedy's old seat a few months ago;  they  now have to face the fact  that the Democrats have pulled a fast one on the American people with the passing of historic health care legislation.

How did it happen? Well, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi & Co. were so committed to pass health care despite the overwhelming disapproval of the American people that they would do anything to get health care passed even if it meant ignoring the Constitution or abusing their power.

In the days before tonight's vote, Obama twisted arms, threatened Democrat holdouts that they would loose their chairmanships or even face the prospect of losing support from the Democrat party in the 2010 midterm elections.

Unfortunately, politicians are susceptible to threats of not prevailing in a reelection campaign from their own party prompting many to change their votes from No to Yes under threat of repercussions from the Obama White House.

The last holdouts, Bart Stupak and his delegation of pro-Life Democrats who were so adamant about voting against the Bill because it funded abortions, ultimately decided to vote Yes for the Bill after Obama promised to sign an executive order that federal dollars would not be used to fund abortions.  Stupak voting yes is what put the Democrats over the edge.

So much for principled leadership.

While Obama scored a major victory with the passing of the health care legislation in the House, he may very well have put a nail in the coffin of his party's chances of maintaining majority in the House and the Senate. Certainly, the Democrat party will be facing losses in the 2010 election.

But for Obama, he doesn't care as long as his agenda gets through even if it is to the  detriment of the American people.

The real question that is looming is what legal challenges will emerge to Obama's health care bill. Many attorney generals, specifically Florida's attorney general Bill McCollum, are already bracing the filing of a lawsuit contesting Obama's health care Bill on constitutional grounds.

The American people could still get the last laugh.