This Thursday leaders from Congress will join the President for a meet for a “summit” on healthcare reform. This meeting comes amid reports that despite White House claims that the meeting is to bring both sides together to hash out a bipartisan bill, movement is already afoot to use the reconciliation process to pass the version of Obamacare the public already knows and dislikes. This has provoked concern among Americans hoping for a bipartisan solution, that this summit is nothing more than a sham.
In fact, last week, an aide for Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) referred to the process as a “trick” and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) yesterday encouraged Republicans to “stop crying about reconciliation.” But as a new video from Breitbart TV shows, Senator Reid and others in his caucus had a very different position on the dangers of using reconciliation back in 2005. In the video, Senator Dodd (D-CT) passionately remarked, “We need to sit down and work with one another. The rules of this institution have required that. … [The Founders] understood that there is a tyranny of the majority.” Vice President Biden, at the time the senior Senator from Delaware, also weighed in saying: “I pray God when the Democrats take back control we don’t make the kind of naked power grab you are doing.”