Harry. Nancy. Do this at your peril.
Look for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to try to circumvent the traditional conference committee process by which the different versions of health care reform passed by each house will be reconciled. If so, it will be the latest example of violating principles of transparency and accountability in the single-minded pursuit of legislative victory.
Conferences involving members from both houses are messy things. They are usually conducted in public and often televised, and can produce a compromise version of the bill that leaves rank-and-file members tempted to vote against the final version. That could be perilous in the case of health care since it’s likely to pass without a vote to spare in the Senate and the House’s version passed by only five votes.
“Principles” of “transparency” and “accountability?” That those words appear on the same page as the words “Pelosi” and “Reid” is a travesty.
I predicted this, and it is proven true: Our current government is the most corrupt United States government of the last 100 years.
This is not merely domestic malfeasance. As the Obama Administration ages, it edges ever cosier to third world corruption. It encourages Putin, Chavez, Jong-il and Ahmadinejad while dissing Brown, Sarkozy, Netanyahu and all of the former Soviet colonies in Eastern Europe.