Ben Nelson Isn’t The Only Senator To Play “The Price Is Right”

Ben Nelson Isn’t The Only Senator To Play “The Price Is Right”

Ben is ‘the guy’, just like Mary is ‘the girl’, that had the spotlight on them and the deals the senate leadership made to buy their votes were very public.  But what about all those other senators standing in line rubbing their grubby mitts together and panting?  Did you really think those were the only two kickbacks, and is this the best we can do as Americans to “reform” health care? If it is, then we have bigger problems than Barry and Mishy wasting our money on 24 ladies-in-waiting, and having pizza flown in, (but you already knew that).  The hypocrisy and corruption of our elected lawmakers is now on complete display with 1000 watt halogens illuminating the payoffs – and they still keep doing it on a bill that the majority of Americans are melting their phones lines over. What does that say?  I know I have said before that if America flips this congress, it will cut off Barry’s power to fundamentally transform this country into a second rate european socialist state.

From Politico:

Payoffs for states seal Senate deal

Ben Nelson’s “Cornhusker Kickback,” as the GOP is calling it, got all the attention Saturday, but other senators lined up for deals as Majority Leader Harry Reid corralled the last few votes for a health reform package.

Nelson’s might be the most blatant – a deal carved out for a single state, a permanent exemption from the state share of Medicaid expansion for Nebraska, meaning federal taxpayers have to kick in an additional $45 million in the first decade.

But another Democratic holdout, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), took credit for $10 billion in new funding for community health centers, while denying it was a “sweetheart deal.” He was clearly more enthusiastic about a bill he said he couldn’t support just three days ago.

Nelson and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) carved out an exemption for non-profit insurers in their states from a hefty excise tax. Similar insurers in the other 48 states will pay the tax.

Vermont and Massachusetts were given additional Medicaid funding, another plus for Sanders and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Three states – Pennsylvania, New York and Florida – all won protections for their Medicare Advantage beneficiaries at a time when the program is facing cuts nationwide.

All of this came on top of a $300 million increase for Medicaid in Louisiana, designed to win the vote of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Under pressure from the White House to get a deal done by Christmas, Reid was unapologetic. He argued that, by definition, legislating means deal making and defended the special treatment for Nelson’s home state of Nebraska.

“You’ll find a number of states that are treated differently than other states. That’s what legislating is all about. It’s compromise,” he said.

I am wondering how many laws this type of deal making for individual states under federal law is actually breaking.  Maybe the very intelligent Monster readers can answer that question.  Meanwhile, I predict they shove this through sometime on Monday or Tuesday and set up the powder keg called the Conference Committee between the Senate and the House because damn-it-all-to-hell, Nancy said she would have a Christmas Present for the American People!

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The Dems’ Answer To Any “Crisis”, Imagined Or Otherwise – Throw Money At It!

The Dems’ Answer To Any “Crisis”, Imagined Or Otherwise – Throw Money At It!

I am very, very, very, cranky today, and I’m know I am going take a lot of heat for some of the statements included in this post, but I am saying things that I believe more people than just myself believe.

I do not support Hillary Clinton’s progressive, socialist, global one-governmentness, and ever since I did the research on her and found her to be more ‘red’ than Barry, I just find that everything she says and does is 100% suspect.  I also find that because of Hillary Clinton, I no longer trust any politician or voice in the spot-light, including Sarah Palin.  Sorry Sarah; I love ya to death, but I am still waiting for the other shoe to drop on you too. (You know you are thinking the same thing about numerous leaders right now.)

Hillary has thrown $100 Billion of our cash up against the UN wall in hopes of making the whole climate change argument stick, to get the sham back on track, and to help the third world with the climate change that is right now continuing to be proven to be based on false data.  Hillary Clinton and the Dems are skipping down the yellow brick road as though nothing is happening around them, and are hell bent on their only way of fixing real or imagined crises; the U.S. Government giving away the compensation for our life energy and time away from our loved ones to other people.  Hoorah for guilt and social justice at it’s best.

The “people in charge” just do not get it.  The average American salary is around $40K, not $150K or $1 Million, but they keep spending our money on causes that we do not espouse like we are all millionaires.  If I still had my 42K job, and was “allowed” to keep most of what I earned, then I would be able to meet my financial obligations, afford healthcare, and still give to charities.  Not then…not now…because of the tax burden due to stupidity like Copenhagen, the stupidity of the Bush administration that sunk us into two wars, the stupidity of administrations and congresses in the past who believed in entitlements for all, and the stupidity of this congress that thought giving away trillions was the best idea for saving the economy and our jobs.  I am sick to death of all of them, and the time for a reset is coming.

Meanwhile, we are still staring at this, which was caused by those previous administrations and congresses, and I for one, am trying to figure out how one balances that clock against reality; and then just throw in the dems’ willy-nilly perchant for wasting our money hither and yon with what appears to be bribes and pay-offs.  This government is pledging to give the UN $100 Billion for a farce, it gave $300 Million to Mary Landrieu for her healthcare vote, and $38 Billion to Citibank for god knows what, (and let’s not forget the $1.1 Trillion Spending Increase.)

Exactly how much money is there in the world, and where is Lee Ioccoca when ya need him?

(Okay – I feel better.  Tell me what you think.)

Today’s AYFKM? Award: The Irony Of Mary Landrieu

We all knew that Mary was going to play ‘follow the majority leader’ when it came down to the healthcare cloture vote, but she played some poker and was able to secure $100 Million of OUR TAXPAYER MONEY for her state.  That is not the irony; watch the video below and then tell me how long it takes you to see what I saw, and if it makes you laugh as hard as I did?

Did you notice?  Did you see which committee she is the chairwoman of?  Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee.  HOW RICH IS THAT?  She is voting to bring a bill to the floor that will destroy small business and shut down the entrepreneurial spirit of this nation.

The lying and two-faced thievery of these non-representatives is so over the top that it has become almost comical to watch the gyrations and maneuvering that is done while trying to appear to do something else.

I did not even have to watch her prattle on past 4 seconds because I was on the floor in peals of laughter.  They are no longer getting ANYTHING past us, but they still think they are…..BWWWAAAAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IS IT 2010 YET?

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