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Democrats Keep Their Promises

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Say what you will about the Democrats, unlike establishment Republicans, they keep their promises, even if doing so will wreck the country.

No sooner had the new Democratic majority in the House taken the oath of office than it was announced the Democrats will hold the first hearings on Medicare-for-All legislation, a longtime goal of the party’s left, after Speaker Nancy Pelosi lent her support for the process.

“It’s a huge step forward to have the speaker’s support,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), who will be the House sponsor of the legislation. “We have to push on the inside while continuing to build support for this on the outside,” Rep. Jayapal told the Washington Post.

On Wednesday, Jayapal got Pelosi’s commitment to hearings in the Rules and Budget committees.

The incoming chairmen of those committees, Far Left Democratic Representatives Jim McGovern (MA-2) and John Yarmuth (KY-3), support Medicare for All.

Some version of universal health care has been a Democratic goal for decades. The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, first introduced in 2003 by then-Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, has become the vehicle for Democrats who want to bring single-payer, Canada-style health care to the United States.

Fox News reports Medicare-for-all is quickly picking up support. A New York Times analysis found that one-third of Senate Democrats and more than half of House Democrats have endorsed Medicare-for-all proposals -- including a number of possible 2020 presidential hopefuls.

Such proposals would lead to more government involvement in health care, and bring the U.S. a step closer to mostly socialized systems such as the British National Health Service. Their popularity is driven by frustration with the current private insurance system, which remains costly on the individual market despite ObamaCare’s goals.

And while Medicare-for-all is estimated to cost tens of trillions of dollars over a decade, Democrats argue that fulfilling their promise would replace out-of-pocket expenses already being shouldered by millions of Americans.

Also on the first day of the new Congress, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler of New York plans to re-introduce legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

As Judiciary chairman, Nadler is one of the key Democrats poised to investigate President Donald Trump, and his committee would be in charge of any impeachment proceedings. But he and other Democratic leaders have talked up their desire to focus on legislation in the new Congress, including bills like the special counsel legislation.

Also as promised, Far Left California Democrat Brad Sherman has said he will introduce articles of impeachment against President Trump as early as today.

Sherman’s articles of impeachment accuse Trump of obstructing justice by firing former FBI Director James B. Comey, among other wrongdoing.

Sherman says he’s not worried that introducing the resolution — the first of what could be several articles filed — would box his colleagues into answering a difficult political question.

“Every member of the House will have to address [the issue] whether there are formal articles of impeachment pending,” Sherman told the Los Angeles Times.

Squishy anti-conservative Republicans, such as Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23), seem only too ready to join the Democrats when they do keep their promises.

Reed said he was compelled to support the Democrats’ rules package after incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democratic leaders made good on promises to include process changes he had pushed as co-chairman of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus. Those provisions were aimed at opening up the legislative process to bipartisan compromise and dissuading hostage-taking behavior by the ideological fringes of both parties.

“This is a step in the right direction, and I want to show that it’s time for both sides of the aisle to set aside this partisanship and start working together,” Reed told the Washington Post on Wednesday. “I’m glad to support them.”

Reed seems to have missed that as part of its rules package for the 116th Congress, Democrats included language that says the national debt ceiling is automatically raised whenever a new spending bill is passed. The Democratic majority is granting itself authorization to intervene in the lawsuit that has already found Obamacare to be unconstitutional. The same rules package that Reed supports also directs the House's Office of General Counsel to represent lawmakers in any litigation involving the act and authorizes hiring of outside counsel.

At some point Mr. Reed apparently figured out that the “Problem Solvers Caucus” isn’t a caucus in the sense that it is a group of like-minded legislators working together. Reed ultimately voted “NAY” on the rules package, perhaps because someone explained to him that the “Problem Solvers Caucus” is a recruiting tool for Democrats to suborn softheaded Republicans into joining them in pushing the country to the Left in much the same way as the Soviets used beneficent sounding groups like the Nuclear Freeze movement, the World Peace Council, World Federation of Democratic Youth, International Union of Students, etc. to recruit naïve liberals into helping them undermine the West.

Speaker Pelosi also made, and kept, a promise to pass a government funding bill to end the shutdown she and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer precipitated when Schumer blocked passage of the funding bill House Republicans passed in the waning days of their majority.

You can review the Roll Call for H. Res. 6 through this link.

Fulfilling Speaker Pelosi’s promise, Democrats passed a continuing spending resolution aimed at level-funding the Department of Homeland Security for about a month. The Senate is unlikely to act on the Democrats’ bill, but now Democrats can chalk another promise kept by voting to reopen the shutdown parts of the government without funding the wall on our southern border.

Much as we dislike the substance of the Democrats’ promises, as Republican Rep. Tom Reed’s flirtation with voting for the Democratic rules package demonstrates, it is hard to argue with the appeal of politicians who actually do what they say they will do, even if what they promise is a disaster waiting to happen.

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