Monday, December 21, 2009

Politics as usual

Business as usual in the cesspool that is our nation’s capitol. Apparently since not everyone has caved to the pressure mounted by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to vote in favor of the Health Care debacle, they have resorted to bribery to get the support they need.
While Sen. Ben Nelson got a particularly juicy concession -- permanent and full federal aid for his state's expanded Medicaid population -- in the health care bill, support from a slew of other senators likewise came with its price.
Apparently Senator Nelson has forgotten that his actions will have repercussions for the rest of America. He will stroke his constituents and guarantee his reelection to the ruin of the rest of the country. No matter that this bill will bankrupt the American Middle Class to provide Health Care to those who are leeching off the system anyway. More entitlement for the “Do Nothings” in our country.

Sen. Ben Nelson's hardly the only lawmaker extracting sweetheart deals out of the health care reform bill.
While the Nebraska Democrat got a particularly juicy concession in exchange for a "yes" vote on the 10-year, $871 billion package -- permanent and full federal aid for his state's expanded Medicaid population -- support from a slew of other senators likewise came with a price.
Western states got more money for hospitals that serve Medicare patients. Louisiana got up to $300 million in Medicaid benefits. The list goes on.
Senate Republicans lined up Saturday to decry the latest deal targeted toward Nebraska, which was decried as the "cornhusker kickback."
"Votes have been bought," Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said.
But Senate Democrats said the payoffs are nothing unusual, and in fact typical.

I find that last statement to be the most disturbing thing to come out of Congress since Charles Rangel. Fucking business as usual in that giant toilet on the Potomac.

"People fight for their own states. That's the nature of a democracy," Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said on "Fox News Sunday," defending Nelson against withering attacks from the GOP.
Stupid cunt. We fought a Civil War so we could be the “United” States. The nature of democracy is doing the will of the people. All the people. Not just the ones who vote for you. Politicians have a sacred trust to preserve the Union. To keep our entire country afloat. But no, get your fucking snout in the trough Klobuchar and just worry about yourself.

"This is just part of the normal legislative process," said Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

I have no doubt that this is a normal part of the legislative process in corrupt 3rd world ass-hat dictatorships, like the one Harry Reid wants to make America into.
As a measure of just how typical they are, a slew of payoffs and concessions have been struck over the past several months.
-- Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., won between $100 million and $300 million in additional federal aid for her state's Medicaid population. The deal, secured before she cast her critical vote in favor of bringing the health bill to the floor, was immediately dubbed the "Louisiana Purchase," though the actual Louisiana Purchase was considerably cheaper.
-- Vermont and Massachusetts got $1.2 billion in Medicaid money -- a change that was described as a correction to the current system which exempts those two states because they have robust health care systems. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders also boasted Saturday that he requested and won an investment worth between $10 and $14 billion for community health centers.
-- Western states secured higher federal reimbursement rates for doctors and hospitals that serve Medicare patients. The provision covers the low-population "frontier" states and applies to Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming -- the latter two states are both represented by two Republicans, but ended up as beneficiaries anyway since they qualify. The legislative language defines frontier states as states where at least 50 percent of the counties have fewer than six people per square mile. Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, defended the "special deal," telling "Fox News Sunday" that those five states were getting an increase in reimbursements because they get the lowest amount in the country. "That doesn't offend me at all," he said. "It's in fact, fair."
-- Florida, New York and Pennsylvania -- where five of six senators are Democrats -- will have their seniors' Medicare Advantage benefits protected, even as the program sees massive cuts elsewhere.
-- Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., reportedly secured expanded Medicare coverage for victims of asbestos exposure in a mine in Libby, Mont.
-- One unknown state is receiving $100 million for a "health care facility" affiliated with an academic health center at a university that contains the state's only "public academic medical and dental school." It's unclear for which state that language was written.
-- Nebraska's Nelson won permanent federal aid for his state's expanded Medicaid population, a benefit worth up to $100 million over 10 years. Other states get the federal aid for three years, but Nebraska's benefit is indefinite. His state also got an exemption for nonprofit insurance companies from a health insurance company tax. Many believe this was targeted at Mutual of Omaha, but senior Democratic aides would not confirm that.

Better make sure the wool stays over they eyes of America. As long as we have Big Macs, Reality TV, TMZ and our fucking I-Pod earphones stuck in our ears, we can pretend that this fine, strong, wonderful country is not falling to pieces around us. Don’t look up from your smart phones America, you might be too shocked to post on Facebook.

Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman didn't extract any payoffs for Connecticut. Rather, he succeeded in stripping the government-run insurance plan from the Senate health bill, along with a proposed expansion of Medicare that he recently said he opposes.
Fox News' Trish Turner contributed to this report.

Monday, December 7, 2009

We have a new Douchebag of the Month!!!!!

Ahhh, Harry Reid, Nevada Senator, Liberal Fucktard, and now, another honor. Hello Harry. RipperBravo6 wishes to congratulate you. You have reached a level of douchebaggery that no one on our list of douchebags has reach heretofar. You are the current, appointed, annointed, sainted KING of all douchebags. You make Osama Bin Laden, AIDS, cancer and forced sodomy all seem appealing.
You see folks, In my estimation, a line has been crossed. The line? Professional Decorum. I know, saying "Senator" and "Professional Decorum" in the same sentence is like saying "Cuddly" and "Serial Killer" together. But I think that in a nest of vile, selfish, crooked vipers, Harry Reid stands head and (no) shoulders about the rest of the snakes. To compare dissent against the rampant and uncontrolled $pendfest known as "Health Care Reform" to dissent against ending slavery in Nineteenth Century America is simply reprehensible.

From FOXNews-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took his GOP-blasting rhetoric to a new level Monday, comparing Republicans who oppose health care reform to lawmakers who clung to the institution of slavery more than a century ago.
The Nevada Democrat, in a sweeping set of accusations on the Senate floor, also compared health care foes to those who opposed women's suffrage and the civil rights movement -- even though it was Sen. Strom Thurmond, then a Democrat, who unsuccessfully tried to filibuster the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and it was Republicans who led the charge against slavery.
Senate Republicans on Monday called Reid's comments "offensive" and "unbelievable."
But Reid argued that Republicans are using the same stalling tactics employed in the pre-Civil War era.
"Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all the Republicans can come up with is, 'slow down, stop everything, let's start over.' If you think you've heard these same excuses before, you're right," Reid said Monday. "When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said 'slow down, it's too early, things aren't bad enough.'"
He continued: "When women spoke up for the right to speak up, they wanted to vote, some insisted they simply, slow down, there will be a better day to do that, today isn't quite right.
"When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone regardless of the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats that we hear today."
That seemed to be a reference to Thurmond's famous 1957 filibuster -- the late senator switched parties several years later.
Reid's office stood by the remarks, with spokesman Jim Manley saying Republicans have "done nothing but obstruct health care" in the Senate.
"Today's feigned outrage is nothing but a ploy to distract from the fact they have no plan to lower the cost of health care, stop insurance company abuses or protect Medicare," Manley said.
But Republicans said they were genuinely appalled. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Reid's remarks were over the top.
"That is extremely offensive," he told Fox News. "It's language that should never be used, never be used. ... Those days are not here now."
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who on the Senate floor read from this article and asked that it be placed in the record, called on Reid to return to the floor and, if not apologize, at least explain what he meant.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., suggested Reid was starting to "crack" under the pressure of the health care reform debate.
"I think it's beneath the dignity of the majority leader," Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said. "I personally am insulted."

This is Harry Reid, and by his lead, the rest of the Democrats in Congress saying "Get on the bus or under it". The Democrats have decided they have their moment in History, and all be damned who dare stand against their agenda. This is not what America should stand for, and this is not what America should put up with. When one party decides that it is right, and no discussion, debate or deliberation is needed, that amounts to totalitarianism. With a Democratic Congress and Democrat in the White House, the Liberal Left has determined they will simply ram through Social Engineering, Entitlement Programs, and Spend Heavy Policies. It's bad enough they won't listen to their peers in Congress, but they have also turned a deaf ear to a large part of America. Ask King George how that turned out. I say this to every member of Congress...Beware, you do not act with impunity. You cannot hide from the righteous indignation of The People.