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Guess What? Real Health Care Reform Will Save Us Billions Right Away

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 20, 2009

Slinkerwink, Capitol Hill denizen and longtime Kossack, has been stopping by FDL lately with posts on health care reform. Her latest discusses the following:

Last night, Speaker Pelosi wrote a blog post on her website about the House health care bill from the Tri-Committee staff that showed it as being deficit neutral and that it would yield a $6 billion surplus. This is huge news because it cuts off arguments from so-called “fiscal conservatives” like moderate Democrats, Republicans, and Blue Dog Democrats that the current House health bill isn’t deficit-neutral.

It certainly does!

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Atrocity of the day/updated/corrected

Posted by Charles II on May 1, 2009

The atrocity of the day is that Blue Dog Senate Democrats voted down mortgage relief which, in addition to helping keep people in their homes, would have also enjoined DoJ to prosecute fraud and opened up credit for us hoi polloi (here’s the roll call). This is what I sent my people in Congress:

I am writing to urge that, for the good of both the Congress and the nation, public financing of elections be given a high priority for passage in this session.

Very frankly, what is going on in the Congress looks to the ordinary citizen like organized corruption. When Senator Durbin said that “the banks own the place,” he was saying what we feel. Did the people of this country want to defeat S.896, a measure that would have provided mortgage relief? No, it was the banks that wanted defeat.

And—even if the vote was tainted by campaign contributions—was is in the best interests of the nation? No: the economic downturn is driven by foreclosures and the fear that they engender. This vote will inevitably lead to more damage to the economy.

The Congress faces great pressures in raising funds. The resistance of Republicans to reforming this corrupt system verges on the fanatical. It therefore falls on the shoulders of those who believe in clean government—and I count you among them—to force the issue.

All 40 Republicans voted Nay. ElevenTwelve Democrats joined them: Baucus, Michael Bennet, Byrd, Carper, Dorgan, Johnson, Landrieu, Lincoln, Nelson, Pryor, ::cough:: Specter, Tester.
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Dog The Blue Dogs

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 19, 2009

As Kagro X says, Evan Bayh and his fellow Blue Dogs, in the midst of making oppositional noises against Obama’s budget, call themselves “moderates” when in fact their positions go against strongly-held public opinions.

Let’s remind them that their corporate paymasters aren’t the only ones capable of rocking their world.

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Thursday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 5, 2009


— If the Gang of Fourteen Plus Lieberman really hates earmarks as much as they say they do, then how come the effort to strip some from the budget bill just failed?

— Contrast this silly posturing with President Obama’s putting the war profiteers on notice.

— I love Margaret and Helen.

— Oh, and somebody must have threatened to use force of arms to get Turdblossom to show up and testify before Congress.

— Meanwhile, Sasha and Malia can now play on a new swing set while their daddy watches them from his home office.

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Oink Oink! Here Come The Pork Hypocrites!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 4, 2009

Here’s a new game for you all:

Every time a conservative legislator — be he/she a Bush Dog “Democrat” like Mary Landrieu, Ben Nelson, Evan Bayh or Blanche Lincoln; the fake Independent Lieberman; or just a plain old paleocon Republican — whines about the current budget bill being too big, do a quick Google to see how much pork and earmarks he or she put in that bill.

It’s really easy if the hypocrite in question is in the Senate. The group Taxpayers for Common Sense has (h/t to Kos) created a database listing the earmarks associated with each senator. And surprise, surprise — the Cons of both parties are the leaders by far in porkiness:

    Earmarks  $ in millions

  1. Cochran (R-MS):     204       471
  2. Wicker (R-MS):      143       390
  3. Landrieu (D-LA):    177       332
  4. Harkin (D-IA):      177       292
  5. Vitter (R-LA):      142       249
  6. Bond (R-MO):         86       248
  7. Feinstein (D-CA):   153       235
  8. Inouye (D-HI):      106       225
  9. Shelby (R-AL):      125       219
  10. Grassley (R-IA):    125       219
  11. Murkowski (R-AK):    93       181
  12. Murray (D-WA):      155       171
  13. Lincoln (D-AR):      93       181
  14. Pryor (D-AR):        92       167
  15. Menendez (D-NJ):    171       160
  16. Lautenberg (D-NJ):  173       159
  17. Hutchinson (R-TX):  106       106
  18. Levin (D-MI):       178       152
  19. Stabenow (D-MI):    178       152
  20. Byrd (D-WV):         76       152

Time to hit the phones of the pork hypocrites. Letters to the editor and calls to call-in shows would be nice, too.

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Irresponsible and inexcusable

Posted by Charles II on February 6, 2009

I really don’t understand how bipartisanship is ever going to work when one of the parties is insane. Imagine trying to negotiate an agreement on dinner plans with your date, and you suggest Italian and she states her preference would be a meal of tire rims and anthrax. If you can figure out a way to split the difference there and find a meal you will both enjoy, you can probably figure out how bipartisanship is going to work the next few years. –John Cole, via Brad DeLong

Mitch McConnell


Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska


That SOB wanted to cut the state block grants necessary to keep California from defaulting, Head Start, diabetes prevention, energy efficiency, energy technology, the NOAA weather service, VAWA, money for Filipino vets– even rural anti-drug money.

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