Here's the schedule for today:
10 am-6pm: Each party controling alternating hours, with Democrats controlling the first hour.
6-6:30 p.m. Democrats' time.
6:30-7:15 p.m. Republicans' time.
7:15-7:30 p.m. Democrats' time.
7:30-8 p.m. Time controlled by leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell.
8 p.m. Roll call vote on the motion to proceed.
You can have an impact, especially if you live in Louisiana, Nebraska, Arkansas, or Indiana. Call your Senators, even if you don't live in those states. Get all your friends to call your Senators. It can make a difference, so please do everything you can to stop them from voting "yes" on this bill:
Mary Landrieu of Louisiana
Ben Nelson of Nebraska
Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas
Evan Bayh of Indiana
Yes, this bill really is that bad.
There are not many times when we truly can say that we are at a turning point. If anything close to the Obama-Reid-Pelosi plans passes, there will be one last chance in November 2010 to stem the tide of government control. It is not too much to say that several more years of Democratic control will result in an almost irreversible economic and political disaster, at least for people who prefer capitalism and individual liberty.
Tonight's vote is procedural, on whether to open debate. In a few weeks there likely will be a vote on some bill. That vote needs to be fought with every lawful means, recognizing that our tax dollars will be used to bribe Senators with pork projects to win their votes.
But the real battle comes in November 2010.
I believe Barack Obama when he says that he would rather get his way on health care legislation even if it meant he were a one-term President.
Obama knows what is at stake. Do we?
They're putting everything they have into this, including requiring states to include abortion coverage.
There's nothing redeemable in this bill. It must be stopped. Melt the phones. Tell your friends. Use whatever legal means possible to prevent this legislation from passing.
And then repeal the 17th Amendment so that the socialists in this country can learn how bad their ideas are before forcing them on the rest of us.
Update: Here's a great video to help demonstrate the point.
Update: You can watch the debate live here.