In 2006 and 2008, The Democrats ran a National campaign of being "the most ethical Congress ever". However, today Obama stood and hailed that Americans don't care about process. The so called "Slaughter rule" is seriously being considered as a way of passing a law without actually voting on that law. When Obama was pressed on this issue he claimed "the Republicans used it". This excuse is nothing short of laughable.
The Slaughter rule is unethical. Our Government has the responsibility to do what is right. Our President, and Congressional officials are elected to represent the people of the United States. They are not elected to represent themselves or their Party's but rather they voting constituency. Right now because Pelosi can not get the votes to provide an up or down vote to pass the Senate version of the bill. The House wants to have changes to the bill. However, the Democrats in the House can not make changes to the bill without sending back to the Senate for another vote. So instead of compromising with the republicans or listening to the American people, Nancy Pelosi and Louise Slaughter are writing a rule in an amended bill "reconciliation bill" to pass the Senate bill. This rule is intended to circumvent the actually voting on unpopular bill. This is wrong. There is no way the Democrats can rationalize their unethical behavior. The Democrats including the President point fingers at the Republicans and say they did it in the past.
The Republicans have used similar rules, in my opinion it was wrong then and it is wrong now. It is unethical, the ends do not justify the means. This Slaughter rule is nothing more than the Democrats forcing their will on the American people. The Democrats have not listened to their constituencies. The American public is overwhelming against the House bill, the Senate bill, and the Reconciliation bill. The Democrats were not sent to Congress to pass laws by fiat, they were sent there under a "hope and change" mantra. America wanted a change in Washington, Americans only succeeded in changing which unethical politician was in charge of corrupting our government.
I say the Democrats are at best unethical. I believe what they are considering is unconstitutional. They are breaking the law. We do not allow politicians to make the rules up as they go along. We the people have a voice in government everyday not only election day. The President displayed contempt for the American people when he said he would demand reconciliation because that is what elections are for. This little comment showed Obama's and the Democrats true colors. They do not care what the American people think today because it is not an election day. Simply put Obama does not believe we have a voice except on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
Right now instead of listening to the American public Obama summoned his largest special interest group into his office. The CBO leaked an estimate that didn't meet reconciliation criteria. Obama needs the labor unions to swallow losing their high priced health plans. Obama cares more about his special interest groups than he does the American people. Obama has the audacity to criticize the Supreme court ruling about corporations having a voice in American politics yet when it comes to his largest corporation (Unions) he sells out the American people. Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are unethical hypocrites in the worst way.