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Rep Ryan--"Democrat Have the Right to Used Budget Reconciliation

By HopeForOurFuture - Posted on 23 April 2009

It's their right. They did win the election,” said Ryan, R-Wis. “That’s what I tell all my constituents who are worried about this. They won the election. They did run on these ideas. They did run on nationalizing health care. So, you're right about that. They have the votes with reconciliation. They nailed down the process so that they can make sure they have the votes and that they can get this thing through really fast. It is their right. It is what they can do.”


Now that's a good sport.


The Dems did win the election. However, that does not mean they can now do anything that they desire. If their agenda goes too far, they can just as easily be booted out in 2010 and/or 2012.

Hopefully, they realize that?

I can understand the principled opposition stance, really. As Pelosi, Feinstein, Frank, Dodd, and others demonstrate, the Democrats are hardly any better than the Republicans in Congress in terms of political theater and abuse of power. What I don't quite understand is the willingness of the Republicans to fight tooth and nail against budget reconciliation when any kid with an Internet connection can reveal that they used it several times as the majority party to prevent the Democrats from mounting any opposition to their agenda. It's as if they're inviting everyone to produce the Youtube videos and past Congressional votes, then dismiss the Congressional GOP caucus as hypocrites.

Ryan only half gets it. He goes on to say that the Democrats haven't been forthcoming at all on bipartisanship when there's evidence to the contrary.


It's sad that we've reached a point where 'government service' is a dirty word... If we're the greatest country on earth, maybe we can have the greatest government.

Lewis Black

Yesterday, Obama met with the House GOP, and as someone commented, they got served Chicago style! He reminded them of the zero votes on the stimulus bill and advised that he wouldn't let them veto health care reform.  If a health care bill isn't passed the usual way by October 15th, reconciliation will be used.

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