The senate lines are open my friends! I know it's close to Christmas, but think about it this way - if our troops work through Christmas, then so must we!
We've been given a gift of sorts. Dirty Harry has inserted a provision in the senate health care bill that locks into place the rationing boards (i.e. death panels - you know, that big "lie") and prevents future senates from being able to amend or repeal it without a three-fifths majority.
Jim DeMint challenged them on this and the parliamentarian allowed it to go through, and unfortunately, though it is sleazy and horrific, it may be just inside the cusp of the rules. BUT. This is where we can use it. Call all those supposedly conservative and moderate Democrats and tell them, to retain the honor and purpose of the United States Senate, that they must say they will not vote for this bill if that provision is maintained.
Yes, the senate is allowed to make its own rules, but one senate should never be able to be more powerful than a subsequent senate! Tell them to imagine what will happen when the GOP gets the power back, which is more than likely in 2010, tell them to imagine how the GOP will use this provision to forever hamstring any future Democrat-controlled senates.
For more information on this go here, here, and here.
For the phone numbers and contact information for the targeted senators, please click here, and scroll through that page.