Posted October 29, 2009
Article by Chris the Abducted Alien
The lines of the political parties are very clear today...that is the liars and the truth tellers. This is because of some of the progressive journalists and talk show hosts that have finally been telling the truth on TV and Radio. I love it...
This is not President Barack Obama’s fault; he inherited the past thirty five years from the past government administrations in America. People need to stop blaming HIM and please educate yourself to the politics of today.
Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman stated yesterday that he would filibuster (political delaying tactic) with the Republicans to stop the Health Care Reform bill from reaching the Senate floor...
NOT ALL DEMOCRATICS ARE ALIKE!
Jr. Senator Joe Lieberman who ran as a liberal in his state of Connecticut was really infiltrated into the Democratic Party to help the Republicans sway votes to their side when needed.Similar to what the Union Carpenters do to non-union contractors, call “Salting,” in our business.
Many democrats in Connecticut voted for him because he lied to them. He told his constituents what they wanted to hear, then turned around and has voted against good pieces of legislation that would help the people he serves. This is what I have called DOUBLE-SPEAK by politicians and with union executives in articles and books I have written.
Lieberman is trying to undercut the President and Senator Reid by threatening to join a Republican filibuster of health care reform. She currently was hired as a Senior Counselor by a PR Company. He also said he opposes a public option because of the potential burden it could place on taxpayers. However, Democrats have crafted a public option that would be financed by premiums rather than federal funds.
This guy is just like Republican Congresswomen Judy Biggert in my 13th district (DuPage County). Once I checked her voting record; she voted NO, consistently against every good bill that would help or make women equal in the U.S. But I really expected that, she is a Republican and votes with her party. And the women in this county continue to vote for her. Are they just following their spouses lead or their religious morals? Or they just don’t care!
Needless to say it’s like climbing Mount Everest to get Republican DuPage residences educated as to what the truth really is in politics...they watch Fox(y) News every day, the no news, only lies, station!
Today most people are calling the Republican Party, the Party of NO! But what is very disturbing to me, is that there are still some conservative democrats who are bought and paid for by the BIG Corporations (Lobbyists). And that is why they have been holding out on good legislation for the citizens of this country. I SAY, GET RID OF THEM...
I consider my UBCJA the same why...they have SOLD OUT to the big money people and have left the working carpenters in the dust to fend for themselves...
Political Education 101
Get the Congressperson or Senator name, what state they are from and write them down. There is only a hand full of Democratic politicians left that are corrupt in the House and Senate. Then find out who they got or will get their money from to run for office. And find out who their spouses work for...
Joe Lieberman’s wife Hadassah Lieberman, who previously worked in communications and public affairs at two drug manufacturers, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Hoffmann-La Roche, is now a “strategic counselor on health-care policy and public health initiatives” in the Washington, D.C., office of Hill & Knowlton USA, according to the New York-based company. – Democratic Underground.com
Clean-up the democratic house and senate by writing to the citizens in that state and OUT that politician for who they really are, ELISTS, out for themselves, not for the citizens that voted for them. Use your favorite FACEBOOK, MY SPACE, TWITTER, etc. if you like.
Sign petitions for progressive legislation in the country...stick with the Progressive Democratic politicians for right now. Things may change in the future...
My prediction; the two party system is on its way out...there is a change a comin!
Write to the Democratic Party in the state the politician is in (even if it is not your own) and let them know you are watching, and if you can, donate to support another Progressive Candidate, in another state, even if it is one dollar.
Contact Joe Lieberman and let him know how you feel....
Articles from Senators and Progressive Journalists
By Robert Scheer, The Nation Magazine
Is there a more hypocritical figure in American politics than Joe Lieberman? The Connecticut senator declared Tuesday that he would support a filibuster of any healthcare reform bill that has a public option--even the version with the "trigger" compromise accepted by Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe--because it might cost money.
"I think that a lot of people may think that the public option is free," said Lieberman, one of the Senate's big spenders, in a suddenly frugal mood. "It's not. It's going to cost the taxpayers and people that have health insurance now, and if it doesn't, it's going to add terribly to our national debt."
This from a senator who, as much as anyone, helped run up the national debt since 9/11 by pushing to raise the military budget to its highest level since World War II. It is a budget inflated by enormous expenditures on high-tech weaponry irrelevant to combating terror, such as the $2-billion-a-piece submarines--produced in his home state of Connecticut--that he claimed were needed to combat Al Qaeda, a landlocked enemy holed up in caves. The same week that he and others in Congress passed a $680-billion defense bill larded with pork of the sort he has always supported, Lieberman is worried about the impact of a very limited public option on the debt.
Lieberman, whose state is also home to insurance companies that are opposed to any consumer-friendly medical coverage alternative, boldly stated that his opposition to even the most limited version of a public option should not be surprising: "I think my colleagues know for a long time that I've been opposed to a government-created, government-run insurance company." Perhaps during his filibuster to prevent a vote on the public option Lieberman can square that position with his longtime support of the massive government-run insurance programs Medicare and Social Security.
Maybe he can also take that time to justify his strong support for the government bailout of troubled banking and insurance companies that has tripled the federal deficit this year to $1.4 trillion. Is AIG not now a "government-run insurance company," and doesn't the $185 billion of taxpayer money tossed at that sorry enterprise add up to more than twice the yearly cost of the health reform package? And that's without considering the trillions of tax dollars put into play to shore up Citigroup, Bank of America, GM, Chrysler and those other suddenly socialized sectors of American corporate life.
If a scant public choice in healthcare is so threatening to our way of life, because healthcare alone must be kept a pristine captive of the most destructive impulses of an unbridled free market, then why not privatize Medicare as well as the publicly financed healthcare programs for government workers--including those in Congress like Lieberman, veterans and the active military? And while we're at it, why not revive that Republican fantasy, popular in their ranks just a few years ago, of privatizing Social Security by turning the most effective government program over to the vagaries of the stock market?
I do continue to begrudgingly respect the consistency, if not the wisdom, of libertarians like Ron Paul who oppose all of this big-government intrusion into the economy. At least their belief in the efficiency of the free market, affirmed in opposition to the banking bailout, is not compromised by a willingness to throw trillions in taxpayer dollars into backing the riskiest of corporate bets. But it is not possible to feel anything but loathing for those like Lieberman who vote for every big government program, no matter how wasteful, in support of big business, but draw the line at a program designed to cut medical costs for the ordinary citizens they have been sworn to serve.
Lieberman's threat to thwart a vote on sorely needed healthcare legislation, complete with a public option that a majority of Americans have consistently supported, should spell the end of his connection with the Democratic caucus. It should also cost him the committee chairmanship he was granted in order to guarantee the sixty votes needed to prevent a filibuster. But a filibuster, which would expose Lieberman and the others as irresponsible wreckers of essential reform, is not the worst outcome. The surrender by the Democratic leadership to this blackmail by the party's disgraced former vice presidential candidate would be a blow from which the party would not deserve to recover.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement after House Leadership announced the latest version of health care reform:
“Today, advocates of true health care reform were disappointed to learn that the Kucinich amendment was removed from the latest version of the health care reform bill. At the end of the day, states may be given the option to opt out, but won’t be allowed to opt into a proven system that provides all of a state’s residents with better health care.
“Many states are demanding single payer. Not only does it help people stay out of poverty and provide health care for all, but it would provide major relief for states facing budget difficulties. The Lewin Group’s financial analysis of the California single payer bill that passed the legislature twice found that “the net cost of the program to state and local governments is a savings of about $900 million” in 2006 alone. There are also strong single payer movements in Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Colorado, and New Mexico.
“If a state wants better health care than can be provided by the federal government in the health care bill we are seeing today, the federal government should not stand in their way. The removal of the Kucinich amendment constitutes yet another capitulation to the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries that are already reaping billions of dollars from the bill.”
The Kucinich amendment had been added to HR 3200 in a 27-19 bipartisan vote in the Education and Labor Committee.
Following a statement on the Floor of the House of Representative, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement about the latest House health care plan:
“Is this the best we can do? Forcing people to buy private health insurance, guaranteeing at least $50 billion in new business for the insurance companies?
“Is this the best we can do? Government negotiates rates which will drive up insurance costs, but the government won’t negotiate with the pharmaceutical companies which will drive up pharmaceutical costs.
“Is this the best we can do? Only 3% of Americans will go to a new public plan, while currently 33% of Americans are either uninsured or underinsured?
“Is this the best we can do? Eliminating the state single payer option, while forcing most people to buy private insurance.
“If this is the best we can do, then our best isn’t good enough and we have to ask some hard questions about our political system: such as Health Care or Insurance Care? Government of the people or is it a Government of the Corporations.”
Robert Scheer: The Connecticut senator declared Tuesday that he would support a filibuster of any healthcare reform bill that has a public option--even the version with the "trigger" compromise accepted by Sen. Olympia Snowe.