Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The blind leading the blind...

James Carville once said if you drag a $100 bill through a trailer park, you can get anyone who lives there to say just about anything. He must have had this guy in mind.

What's even funnier is how conservative Republicans are foolishly hitching their wagons to his story.


  1. I don't buy into the rhetoric from the right nor the left. The reality is probably somewhere else ... that his sins were exposed in an effort to get a stronger Dem. candidate on the ticket. They all have skeletons (who doesn't). Politics is a dirty business.

    Once again, the rhetoric and spin from both sides masks the greater issues. The length to which this Congress will go to to pass this legislation is appalling, to the extent that they are willing to trample the Constitution!

    Congress has no authority to enact this legislation under the enumerated powers clause. Further, the extent to which the Congress has gone to buy or coerce votes violates the no preference clause that all States be treated equally.

    Here are some examples of unequal treatment:

    * Ben Nelson got his state exempt from new fees to cover the Medicare expansion ... which means we all have to pay for Nebraska portion (the Cornhusker Kickback).

    * Bernie Sanders got 10B for community health centers in Vermont, courtesy of the tax payers in the other 49 states.

    * Carl Levin got a hefty exemption for insurers in his state, the rest of us have to pay for.

    * Patrick Leahy got additional Medicare spending for Vermont.

    * Pennsylvania, New York and Florida avoided additional Medicare expense that seniors in the other 47 states will have to shoulder.

    * Mary Landrieu received a 300M gift from taxpayers for the Louisiana Purchase.

    The lawlessness of Congress in trying to force this legislation is the important issue and not the scorecard of political points won through rhetoric and distortions of the truth.

    David Johnson
    Springtown Rd.

  2. David,

    It's my understanding the "reconciliation" bill will strip all of these deals out of the package. As for it as a whole being unconstitutional, this is why we have a Supreme Court. I value their opinion a bit more than yours.

  3. "All these deals" were placed in the House version in an effort to bribe Reps into voting for the bill. Pointing out that these were stripped out in the current bill (due in large part to public outrage) is - nonetheless - a non-sequitur to the Constitutional issues of Article 1, section 8.

    As you know, every Congressman swears an oath of office to uphold the Constitution. It should be of paramount consideration in everything they do. Unfortunately, all any in Congress seem to care about is bringing home the pork for their constituents without regard to their oath. The burden is then left to the citizens and to the States to defend the Constitution from the acts of Congress; thus placing the Congress at odds with the people.

    With regard to the unconstitutionality of the act, I refer you to the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.


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