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Orrin Hatch has a funny name, but then again he is a funny man and not in the good way. The senator, an embarrassment even to Utah, is a liar and a manipulator. A Republican of the most extraordinary yet usual kind. His latest shenanigans are hard to believe even for him. Read and watch lovely and talented Rachel Maddow’s take on this clown:
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) published an op-ed in the Washington Post yesterday, in which he argued that Congressional Democrats will short-circuit democracy if they attempt to pass health reform through the budget reconciliation process. Hatch wrote:
The use of reconciliation to jam through this legislation, against the will of the American people, would be unprecedented in scope. And the havoc wrought would threaten our system of checks and balances, corrode the legislative process, degrade our system of government and damage the prospects of bipartisanship.
When Rachel Maddow fact checked Hatch’s piece, she found he voted for a reconciliation bill in 1989, 1995, 1996, twice in 1997, 1999, in 2000, in 2001, and 2003, twice in 2005 and in 2007. What’s more, Hatch claimed that reconciliation has been used “only when the bills in question stuck close to dealing with the budget. In instances in which other substantive legislation was included, the legislation had significant bipartisan support.”
That also turns out not to be true.
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