The return to Washington next month of both political parties would be interesting if not for the fear that we have reached a point in legislative activity where such a return may be even more lethal for the American economy and shattering for any concept of reasonably affordable and comprehensive health care, than any activity to date.
The conference committee will meet to "iron out" differences between the Senate and House versions of the health care bills now before them. Why should we be afraid? The Democrats, over taxpayer objections, passed TARP 1 and 2 and numerous other economic bills that may well shatter this country's economy with unsupportable debt. Just remember cap and trade, proposed new consumer credit control, etc.
The Democrats never met a spending opportunity they could not embrace and/or enhance, without regard for the well being of taxpayers or our country. The same is true with their return to Washington. Please remember the "special deals" cut by Harry Reid in the Senate, deals which provide tax relief for some states, meaning that states which didn't receive those bribes -- oh, excuse me -- "incentives" to vote a special way will be paying more and will be unequally taxed. Attorney generals in several states, including Georgia, are now seeking to determine whether this violates the Constitution. As a closer-to-home illustration, guess what would happen to someone here in our area who offered someone, or a group of people, money to vote a certain way. As far as I am aware, our Constitution does not provide for that kind of activity, yet that is what has been done by the Democratic Party.
All our legislators took an oath of office to uphold the Constitution and basically protect us. The closed-door wrangling, deals, passing bills before anyone could read and understand them is not protection. Can we rely on our representative to hear and protect us? Only time and how he votes on each issue will tell us, and show us how to vote in 2010.