Exposing the Truth about Reconciliation and the ‘Nuclear Option’

Almost all politicians stretch the truth, or outright lie, to convince people that what they’re doing is for their benefit. But what’s happening right now regarding a possible parliamentary move by Senate Democrats to use reconciliation to pass health care reform is just too much.

The Rachel Maddow Show: Republicans Go ‘Nuclear’ with Health Care Reform Lies

President Obama appears to have finally realized that Republicans will never support any effort to reform health care. On Wed., Obama is expected to release a plan to pass health care reform. According to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, the president would like Republicans to not filibuster the bill in the Senate and allow a simple up-or-down vote, but that’s not going to happen.

Video Mashup About Senate Reconciliation

Whether Republicans like it or not, reconciliation has been used 22 times since President Carter was in office. Of those 22 times, 16 were Republican lead efforts to sidestep a filibuster. And contrary to what Republican hacks are saying, it has been used to pass big bills.

Blair House: Obama Explains Medicare Advantage Changes

At the Blair House Health Care Summit on Thursday, President Obama explains the Democrat’s proposal for Medicare Advantage. Republicans are claiming that changes to the Medicare Advantage are “Medicare cuts.” According to Obama, the only thing being cut are the profits private companies are taking from the Medicare Advantage program.

Maddow Exposes Republican Lies About Reconciliation

Today, Rachel Maddow called out Republicans for their lies about reconciliation.

Republican senators are calling reconciliation the “nuclear option.” That’s not at all true. The nuclear option was a threat by Democrats to ban filibusters over judicial nominations in 2005.

Senator Harry Reid Tells GOP To Quit Crying

Here’s Harry Reid telling Republicans to quit whining about Democrats threatening to use reconciliation to pass health care reform and bypassing the GOP filibuster. Transcript and video.

President Obama News Conference Feb. 9, 2010

President Obama held a news conference following a bipartisan meeting with House and Senate Republicans and Democrats. Here is the full transcript and complete video of the news conference. The transcript was provided by the White House and downloaded from on Feb. 10, 2010 at approximately 10:00 a.m.

Complete Text of President Obama’s 2010 State of the Union Speech (Video)

This is the complete text of President Obama’s State of the Union delivered on Jan. 27, 2010 and transcribed by the White House. The topics were health care, war, economy, bipartisanship, transparency, gays in the military and a bunch of other stuff. The complete text is presented here to maintain the public record and inform the country and world about what Obama said. I’ll leave the question of why he said these things to be decoded by other people much smarter than I.

Senators who voted in favor of sexual assault

You’d think that all Senators would support an amendment by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, to allow employees of contractors to file sexual assault charges against their employers, but that’s simply not the case.

Brooks the last conservative worth listening to

Now that William Safire has succumbed, the only reasonable conservative worth listening to is David Brooks. Brooks takes on Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly in his column today.

Republicans really do have no shame

I guess we’re supposed to forget all the hyperbole spewing from the orifices of Republican politicians this summer when they were spouting off about “death panels” and a Nazi-esque takeover of health care. Now they’re pissed off about comments by Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson who accurately described the Republican “plan” for health care as one that requires Americans “die quickly.”

Is the public option dead?

The Countdown on MSNBC reported some interesting poll numbers about the attitude of voters regarding the support for health care reform, a public option and what’s motivating Republican opposition.

How many tea baggers? It doesn’t matter.

It’s stupid to go on and on about the number of people who demonstrated in DC on 9/12.

Certainly there wasn’t 2 million people roaming the streets of Washington, DC, as radio host Alex Jones and other people are alleging. I mean, come on, the Washington Times reported that organizers expected between 25,000 and 50,000 people. Are we really supposed to believe that the city of DC, and the organizers, could have handled 2 million people just dropping by when they were planning on 25,000?