Tons of commentary in advance of Health Care Reform Weekend. Keith Hennessey pens (pixels?) a plea to moderate Democrats who have professed fiscal concerns. As Hennessey points out, the slapdash spending cuts, tax increases, and unfunded mandates in the reform bill are so extensive that they amount to not just an increase in government spending, but also a decrease in options for future lawmakers confronting any fiscal crisis arising from the out-of-control spending being passed into law today: No New Promises, Please
You should read the whole thing, but at this point, you should also know that no Democrat planning to vote "Yes" is really concerned about this. Surely they know how the CBO "scoring" process has been gamed to produce political cover. Surely they are aware that the bill is too long to be absorbed and understood prior to the vote on it. Surely they are aware that the tax increases they are passing now are well beyond what many would consider economically reasonable. They don't care. That's really what's underlying the vote this weekend.