It passed by one lousy vote.
The vote was 219-212, capping months of negotiations and days of intense bargaining among Democrats. Republicans were overwhelmingly against the measure, saying it would cost jobs in the midst of a recession.
If passed by the senate, this bill will drive jobs out of the country and raise prices of all goods and services for everyone in the country. And for once, the old canard of “poor, women, and minorities hardest hit” is true.
Here are the eight Republican turncoats:
- Bono (CA) 202-225-5330
- Castle (DE) 202-225-4165
- Kirk (IL) 202-225-4835
- Lance (NJ) 202-225-5361
- Lobiondo (NJ) 202-225-6572
- McHugh (NY) 202-225-4611
- Reichart (WA) 202-225-7761
- Chris Smith (NJ) 202-225-3765
Call them, be polite, and let them know that you will financially support more conservative challengers to them in 2010. This bill is not centrist or moderate — it is the most extremist and damaging act to pass the house in the history of the United States.
This is a Pyrrhic victory for the Obama administration. The bill will not be voted on by the senate for 6 to 8 weeks. That leaves us a lot of time to get the sordid details to the public. As we do, poll numbers for Obama and the Democrat majority will tumble.
If by some chance the bill does pass the senate, our economy will tank further and the 2010 election will make the 1994 rout by Republicans look like a minor voting blip. I would rather this bill not pass the senate in the first place because I do not want to damage the country for years to get a political victory.
Remember, Obama himself told us that “energy rates would necessarily skyrocket” under this bill. For once, believe him.