The Senate becomes a Polish Joke:
And now Senator Richard Shelby has placed a hold on — are you seated — all, all, Obama administration nominees, until he gets some pork for Alabama.Well, here's what I wrote last year, Turning the US Congress in the Sejm, referencing The Golden Freedom:
What’s going on? The Senate has rules based on the idea that it was a chamber of gentlemen who would find ways to work together. But now, 41 Senators belong to a party that has no interest in a working government, no desire to work with the majority in good faith.
There’s a precedent for all this. In effect, we’ve now become 17th-century Poland.
Richard Shelby who has used American Money to court and invite Foreign Run Corporations into the United States and has set himself up as a Medieval Polish Aristocrat Objects! He's got a clenched fist full of foreign money jammed up his ass for whom he will hurt the United States and the American People. But, it doesn't matter to the entitled Republicans, the lives and welfare of the American People fall short to their Prime Goal: Mission Accomplishment; that Mission being the enrichment of themselves, their cronies and the Corporate Masters whom they dutifully serve.The Golden Freedom, which the magnates defended with every bit of chicanery and power they commanded, was the freedom of the few to oppress the many... ~ James A. Michener's, PolandIn the novel Poland, Michener describes how the "incredible liberum veto, by which one man in a Seym (parliament) of hundreds could negate and prorogue the entire work of the Seym by merely crying 'I oppose!' was a major cause of Poland's disapperance from the map of Europe".
This isn't even symbolic of the "debate" over Healthcare Reform today. Because, the Republicans are moving towards a Liberum Veto of their own, they call it "Bipartisanship", by declaring 51 votes in the Senate is unacceptable, the filibuster 60 is not enough and the total should be 75-80 to pass Healthcare Reform.
Why? They Object! Not that they object to Government run health care, that's what every member in Congress enjoys, a lifetime of tax payer funded care by the best physicians and hospitals in the Nation. No they object because much like in Michener's novel a group is using them to block reform. Because that reform will diminish the huge profits made off of denying care to Un-Real Americans.