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Finally! Transparency in Government

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised a new era of transparency in government. It took a while, but Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) finally came to his aid. Landrieu was one of the last Democrats in the senate that was hesitant to open the health care debate yesterday. After much debate and deliberation, she voted aye.

As it turns out, she received some motivation to support Reid's plan.

And so it came to pass that Landrieu walked onto the Senate floor midafternoon Saturday to announce her aye vote -- and to trumpet the financial "fix" she had arranged for Louisiana. "I am not going to be defensive," she declared. "And it's not a $100 million fix. It's a $300 million fix."
Now there's some transparency.
After Landrieu threw in her support (she asserted that the extra Medicaid funds were "not the reason" for her vote), the lone holdout in the 60-member Democratic caucus was Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas.
Does anyone believe this? Continuing this theme of transparency, Landrieu promised more as she voted yes.
Even when she finally announced her support, at 2:30 in the afternoon, Lincoln made clear that she still planned to hold out for many more concessions in the debate that will consume the next month. "My decision to vote on the motion to proceed is not my last, nor only, chance to have an impact on health-care reform," she announced.
I wonder if this impact will favor her constituents?

So there you go. People who have been complaining about a lack of transparency need not complain any more. The workings of big government are clearly on display for all to see. Feel better now?

For more on what is being called the new Lousiana Purchase, go here. (Hat tip: Althouse.)


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"And it's not a $1... (Below threshold)
JSchuler:
"And it's not a $100 million fix. It's a $300 million fix."
Sorry Landrieu, but in Washington, where trillion is the new billion, that still makes you a cheap whore.

Yes, that's sexist, but it's so true :P

actually kind of refreshing... (Below threshold)

actually kind of refreshing!

Instead of Reid having to leave the money on nightstand, she accepted it on the floor of the Senate.

Of course, she's hinting it's gonna take a few EXTRA bucks to get her legs apart and knees up next time!! You go Mary!

"I wonder if this impact... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

"I wonder if this impact will favor her constituents? "

You wonder if $100 million in extra Medicare funding will benefit the people of Louisiana?

Really?

Vic

I hope she gets the point.<... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

I hope she gets the point.
I do not live in Louisana, but I will be sending a contribution to her Republican opponent.
This election cycle is the first time I have made contributions to politicans. I have already sent money to two campaigns.
Gonna work on the streets for some politicians, that also will be a first.

geez Vic, you could at leas... (Below threshold)

geez Vic, you could at least PRETEND that Senators selling their votes at the expense of the other 49 (or 56) States is offensive!

I just flipped through the Constitution...it doesn't seem to grant Harry Reid the power to pay off Senators by stealing from the American taxpayers!

Maybe your Soros Special Edition covers this.

Here is what the liberals h... (Below threshold)
MPR:

Here is what the liberals have yet to do to try to get this crap through to Obamalala's desk. I think their celebration is a little overly optimistic.

http://spectator.org/blog/2009/11/21/the-road-ahead-in-the-health-c

" Posted by Victory is Ours... (Below threshold)
Obama Jugend:

" Posted by Victory is Ours | November 22, 2009 1:26 PM"

Yeah, Vic!!
Hail Victory!
Hail Victory!
Hail Victory!

"I wonder if this impact wi... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

"I wonder if this impact will favor her constituents?"

It will favor a certain portion of her constituency, the ones that think the country owes then everything.
That portion of her constituency that works for a living, pays taxes, and thinks parasitic behavior is wrong, it will not directly help.

"I wonder if this impact wi... (Below threshold)
sue:

"I wonder if this impact will favor her constituents"

Considering the changes to Medicare Advantage and all the new taxes and fees it likely will end up costing them more. 300 million is a lot of money, but it's chump change considering how much more health care will cost and how much less you get from it. They'll in the end wind up paying more than they get.

Hey VIC, just how long will... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Hey VIC, just how long will that $300 million last in deferring Louisiana's share of medical care?

You don't think they'll be back for more, once they have to start paying their share out of their own state taxes do you?

Or will the magic unicorn still give fourth "free money"? Like that "free Obama money" they got in Detroit.

"It will favor a certain... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

"It will favor a certain portion of her constituency, the ones that think the country owes then everything."

Let's see. Medicare is a program for the poor.

And you folks hate poor people, am I right?

Vic

Vic: "Let's see. Medicar... (Below threshold)

Vic: "Let's see. Medicare is a program for the poor."

Your ignorance is staggering. But enlightening.

Medicare is NOT a "program for the poor". Americans pay INTO the system their whole lives, and then when they RETIRE they are entitled to the benefits.

Of course, the whores in D.C. have bastardized it into yet another welfare program.

But Medicare and Social Security are SUPPOSED to be for retirees...and retirees who PAID INTO THE SYSTEMS!

Oh, that's right. It is Med... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

Oh, that's right. It is Medicaid that has income-based eligibility hurdles.

Medicare, the program "Americans pay INTO the system their whole lives, and then when they RETIRE they are entitled to the benefits" -- and that Republicans opposed from the start and now want to abolish.

My bad.

So it's seniors that Republicans want to throw to the lions, not poor people. Keeping track of who you guys hate and are out to screw at any given point in time is sometimes difficult. The poor, the elderly, minorities, children, people who work for the government, liberals, -- the list of people you guys want to screw is impressive - sorta.

Vic

Victory astounds me with hi... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Victory astounds me with his stupidity. If he had a drop of sense, he would know 300 million in cash is like waving raw meet to hungry dogs. The corruption in that state will shave off millions before it gets to the people. Just like Katrina money and also money sent to them to repair the levee that didn't happen.

I am glad she did this. The state is turning center right and this will help the GOP to regain it. ww

Vic: "So it's seniors th... (Below threshold)

Vic: "So it's seniors that Republicans want to throw to the lions, not poor people."

You're on the wrong website.

You want the DNC website.

Both the House and Senate "HealthCare" Bills currently before Congress GUT $500 BILLION from Medicare.

Why DO the Dems hate the Seniors? Dunno...but I DO know that the Seniors are noticing!

Justrand, you have to forgi... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Justrand, you have to forgive VIC, his memory is HIGHLY SELECTIVE. But I'm sure those seniors who currently have VantagePoint as supplemental coverage are noticing.

Wonder if HEW will be sending out 'reminders' to health care insurance providers to REFRAIN from informing their policy holders about what is going on.

Medicare was very strongly ... (Below threshold)
epador:

Medicare was very strongly opposed in the beginning by many, including the AMA, as it was viewed as an intrusion into the doctor/patient relationship by the government, and was viewed to be just a stepping stone to nationalization of health care. Then the AMA was bought off and it supported the measure. The huge infusion of cash into the health care system fueled growth and development in the health care system initially but more recently, can also be seen as a cause of the INCREASE in the cost of health care. It fuels inflation of use as well as cost by uncoupling the user and the supplier from cost effects, and that washes over into the private sector costs and expectations.

The current "health care reform" movement is simply lipstick on a pork barrel of special interest cash being siphoned off the taxpayer and our borrowing power to enrich those in power and their cronies. The episode in this post is but a micro example of the pornographic orgy of spending being proposed - how appropriate it was voted on a Saturday Night!

"Medicare was very stron... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

"Medicare was very strongly opposed in the beginning by many, including the AMA, as it was viewed as an intrusion into the doctor/patient relationship by the government, and was viewed to be just a stepping stone to nationalization of health care."

Right, back in the 1960's

Republicans lied back then too.

"it was viewed as an intrusion into the doctor/patient relationship by the government"

And that turned out to be a lie, - just like the lies being told now.

"and was viewed to be just a stepping stone to nationalization of health care"

Another lie. 50 years have passed - and Medicare was not a stepping stone to the nationalization of health care.

See how they work. They use fear mongering lies to distort the truth and frighten people.

Scum!

Vic

"Victory astounds me with h... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

"Victory astounds me with his stupidity. If he had a drop of sense, he would know 300 million in cash is like waving raw meet to hungry dogs. The corruption in that state will shave off millions before it gets to the people. Just like Katrina money and also money sent to them to repair the levee that didn't happen"

Now come on WW, you know Katrina's damage was the Corps of Engineers fault. The judge SAID so, and we all know our judges know everything.

Quit the hatin'

"See how they work. They us... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

"See how they work. They use fear mongering lies to distort the truth and frighten people.

Scum"

Stay on task. Were not talking about Gore and Global Warming.

"Finally! Transparency i... (Below threshold)
914:

"Finally! Transparency in Government"


Wha?? You mean it disappeared?? YEHAWWWWW!!!!@#$%&*()_)(*&^&*()_+_)()___+_)(*&^#$%^&*ijb


What?

Oh shit..... Its still there.......sigh..

"Another lie. 50 years have... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

"Another lie. 50 years have passed - and Medicare was not a stepping stone to the nationalization of health care"

No, just towards national bankruptcy. But "Harry Care" will shrink that deficit and provide healthcare for all.

Oooops, some more lyin' going on I think.

I will once again remind pe... (Below threshold)

I will once again remind people commenting on one of my posts to focus on facts, issues, and politics. Name calling and the like is tiresome and I don't have any patience for it.

Thank you.

Now, don't be a poohead, Da... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Now, don't be a poohead, Dan. Vic's just getting warmed up. We're all lying, we're stupid, and we're uninformed, but we mean well.

Just to return to the point, I wonder how much it would cost to buy Landrieu's vote back?

vic "See how they work... (Below threshold)
Marc:

vic "See how they work. They use fear mongering lies to distort the truth and frighten people.

Here nitwit, more scare tactics fer ya.

300 mil doled out because Katrina hurt Medicaid in the state, i.e. Medicaid is issued based on per capita income and that went sky high because of higher wages in the state for the reconstruction effort.

That higher rate expires in 2010.

Thats the "reason" for the 300 mil, is it a valid reason? Hell no.

The new rate going into effect in 2011 will be based on CURRENT per capita income.

So ya see it is a bribe of the first order and yes she is a whore.

But what else is new every member of congress is a whore, both male and female.

CORRECTION: That higher rat... (Below threshold)
Marc:

CORRECTION: That higher rate expires in 2011.

And she's still a whore.

"CORRECTION: That higher ra... (Below threshold)
914:

"CORRECTION: That higher rate expires in 2011.

And she's still a whore"


Yup!

"Just to return to the poin... (Below threshold)
914:

"Just to return to the point, I wonder how much it would cost to buy Landrieu's vote back?"

$300,000,000.01


Thats how much!!!.."' Only, She dont do dishes,laundry, Childen,VCR'S, Condoms, beer bongs, reptiles, hemopheliacs, despots , ( one presidential pay grade too high ),low life's and conservatives.


I'll just leave it on the n... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

I'll just leave it on the nightstand when I leave...

You know, it occurs to me how outrageously corrupt all this is. Roland Burris, appointed by an indicted ex-governor as an act of spite to fill Obama's Senate seat. Al Franken, "elected" with thousands of "newly rediscovered" missing ballots courtesy of a questionable board of elections and some friendly judges. The new Senator from Massachusetts, appointed to fill Teddy Kennedy's seat before it even cooled off, without benefit of a legally required special election. Mary Landrieu, who sold her vote for a $1 "special donation" from every person in the United States. Drafting of the largest entitlement bill in history in secret, with no input from or discussion with anyone from the Republican party. Special interest provisions for anybody with liberal clout.

And they're doing this for the benefit of the American people, who are collectively screaming they don't want this bill.

What the f*ck could possibly go wrong?

VIC: I love you too. Was ... (Below threshold)
epador:

VIC: I love you too. Was it good for you?



Ha ha ha ha ha! So now someone's beliefs are lies. Boring communist meme, Vitriol Is Obnoxious

Yup, like the good ol' Public Option lies, right?

Hmmm, now what per cent of health care is now government controlled, and what per cent will be after the current "reform" occurs and 5 years pass?


Yep Vic, they are scum. The ones distorting and spreading lies, labeling their opponents as liars, using corruption to have their way with The People, and ejaculating their offal on the internet. Scum like you.

Hey Yaw'll, I live in Louis... (Below threshold)
poptoy:

Hey Yaw'll, I live in Louisiana. Mary just got re-elected last year. She should not have been but it happened. Trust me when I say people in Louisiana will not have forgotten in 5 years. Mary is TOAST and VIC you are just plain dumb.




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