Thirty Pieces of Silver – The Price for a Senate Vote.

By Richard H. Frank

The Senate Health Care Bill, not as yet written, is scheduled to be voted on by the full Senate on December 24th, 2009 at about 7:30 pm. To my knowledge, the membership has yet to see the 2000+ page document that they will be casting their vote to approve. Yet there appears to be unanimous agreement among Democratic proponents that the Senate version of health care reform will be passed and presented to a conference committee to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bills. This action positions government controlled health care beyond the halfway point to becoming law. The snowball rolling downhill for the past ten months is about to turn into an avalanche. The Democratic controlled Congress will pull out all the stops to approve any form of legislation for Obama’s signature in order to claim victory over capitalism and the free enterprise system. Rest assured that Nancy Pelosi will manipulate whatever rules, and employ any tactic necessary, to fast track this onerous legislation to President Obama to become law and advance his agenda to fundamentally change America.

What has become evident, and so shameful about the legislative process, is the greed and corruption used to secure individual Senators votes. Once again congress has assumed an air of superiority and arrogance and is not representing their constituents. Party ideology, special interests, money and corruption overshadow the legitimate wants of the electorate. Thomas Jefferson might ask Congress today, “What price for your vote?” since it appears that virtue, trust, intellect, sound judgment and principles are in short supply in the 111th Congress.

We need not be surprised however, since this is not the first time in history, nor will it be the last, that a trust is betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. Mary Landrieu and Ben Nelson can be added to the list of liberal hacks willing to sell their votes in opposition to the wishes of their constituents. This legislation is just another nail in the coffin of our Representative Republic and movement of the nation toward socialism and the loss of more individual freedom.

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