GOP senator: Democratic health care deals ‘sleazy’

GOP senator: Democratic health care deals ‘sleazy’

 



Dec 22, 7:38 AM (ET)

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Republican senator who has opposed President Barack Obama’s health overhaul effort said Tuesday that the deals Democratic leaders have cut to round up the votes they need to push the measure through the Senate have been “sleazy.”

Speaking Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina cited concessions won by Nebraska Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, whose support gave Democrats the 60th and final vote they need. Among other things, Nelson won an agreement that the federal government will pay to expand Medicaid services in Nebraska.

Said Graham: “That’s not change you can believe in. That’s sleazy.”

Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa defended the concessions, saying: “The one that’s being talked about for Nebraska, it also benefits other states. It’s not just Nebraska.”

He also said he would vote for the package even if it didn’t contain concessions for Iowa. “The principle of this bill overrides everything,” Harkin told CBS'”Early Show.”

Graham rejected criticism leveled by some Democrats that GOP opposition to Obama’s health care effort is being driven by extremists.

“I’m not a member of a militia, I’m not a birther,” he said, referring to those who have questioned, inaccurately, whether Obama is an American citizen. “I’m a senator who wants to reform health care, but I’m not going to allow my country to become a socialized nation when it comes to health care.”

Harkin described the debate as “a demarcation line.”

He explained: “On one side is health care as a privilege. On the other side is health care as a right. With these votes, with the vote that we’ll take before Christmas, we will cross that line finally and say that health care is a right of all Americans.”

The Senate had procedural votes Tuesday morning on the overhaul bill and Democrats are pushing for final passage before Christmas.

Nearly 60 percent Say President Obama’s Decisions ‘Bad for America’

Nearly 60 percent Say President Obama’s Decisions ‘Bad for America’
Monday, December 21, 2009
By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer


President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama speaks at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at City Hall in Oslo, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009. (AP Photo/Odd Andersen)
(CNSNews.com) – A majority of Americans believe an increased government role in health care would lead to more government corruption, while a plurality of Americans think that scientific data supporting man-made global warming is “mostly falsified.” That is what a new poll by Survey USA reveals.
 
The poll also shows that 58 percent of Americans believe that decisions by the Obama administration have been “bad for America,” as opposed to 37 percent who think Obama’s decisions have been “good for America.”
 
These poll numbers come at a time when President Barack Obama is pushing for international agreement to address apparent global warming and is also advocating for a major overhaul of health care in America.
 
The poll of 1,450 adults by Survey USA was conducted Dec. 11-14, and was commissioned by the conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch. The poll asked questions on several topics,  including government corruption, transparency, illegal immigration and the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN).
 
Specifically, the poll asked, “Do you think data suggesting global warming is the result of human activity is mostly genuine? Or mostly falsified?” A plurality of 49 percent answered “mostly falsified,” while 41 percent answered “mostly genuine” and 10 percent were unsure.
 
Evidence about global warming has come under fire in recent weeks after hacked e-mails from the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit apparently revealed that contrary evidence was suppressed while organized efforts apparently were made to discredit critics.
 
The health care overhaul proposal supported by Obama and congressional Democrats has been unpopular in most polls. This poll, however, asked, “Would an increased government role in the health care system lead to more corruption?  Less corruption?  Or will it make no difference?”
 
An overwhelming 62 percent said “more corruption,” just 14 percent said “less corruption” and 21 percent said it would “make no difference.” Four percent were unsure.
 
While other polls have showed Obama’s approval rating slipping below 50 percent, this poll asked, “As a whole, are the decisions being made by the Obama administration good for America?  Or bad for America?” To that, 58 percent answered “bad for America,” 37 percent said good and 6 percent were not sure.
 
“On virtually every single issue polled, the Obama administration appears to be completely out of step with the prevailing views of the American people,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It ought to be an especially troubling sign for President Obama that the majority of likely voters believe his decisions have been bad for the country.  Frankly, these poll results suggest that President Obama and many other politicians ought to rethink their approach to government.”
 
The poll further showed that 64 percent of voters think the government is too big and that 62 percent think that bigger government leads to more corruption. Also, 72 percent think political corruption play a “major role” in the financial crisis last year.
 
The poll also found that 56 percent think the federal government is operating “out of line” with the U.S. Constitution.
 

 


Steve Kest, executive director of ACORN, right, and ACORN member Hugh Alleyne. (AP photo)
In regards to the scandal-plagued ACORN, just 8 percent have a favorable view of the liberal activist group currently under investigation in several states for alleged voter registration fraud. A clear majority of 56 percent have a negative view of ACORN.
 
Obama also supports a comprehensive immigration reform package, which opponents believe is “amnesty” for illegal aliens. The poll showed an unfavorable rating here too, as 59 percent disapprove of the way the administration is handling illegal immigration.
 
Among those polled, 1,020 said they were likely to vote in the 2010 elections for U.S. Congress. The margin of error for the poll ranged from 2.6 percent to 3.1 percent.

Change Nobody Believes In

Change Nobody Believes In

December 22nd, 2009

WSJ Editorial Board

The Zombies in the Senate insist on doing Obama’s dirty work

And tidings of comfort and joy from Harry Reid too. The Senate Majority Leader has decided that the last few days before Christmas are the opportune moment for a narrow majority of Democrats to stuff ObamaCare through the Senate to meet an arbitrary White House deadline. Barring some extraordinary reversal, it now seems as if they have the 60 votes they need to jump off this cliff, with one-seventh of the economy in tow.

Mr. Obama promised a new era of transparent good government, yet on Saturday morning Mr. Reid threw out the 2,100-page bill that the world’s greatest deliberative body spent just 17 days debating and replaced it with a new “manager’s amendment” that was stapled together in covert partisan negotiations. Democrats are barely even bothering to pretend to care what’s in it, not that any Senator had the chance to digest it in the 38 hours before the first cloture vote at 1 a.m. this morning. After procedural motions that allow for no amendments, the final vote could come at 9 p.m. on December 24.

Even in World War I there was a Christmas truce.

The rushed, secretive way that a bill this destructive and unpopular is being forced on the country shows that “reform” has devolved into the raw exercise of political power for the single purpose of permanently expanding the American entitlement state. An increasing roll of leaders in health care and business are looking on aghast at a bill that is so large and convoluted that no one can truly understand it, as Finance Chairman Max Baucus admitted on the floor last week. The only goal is to ram it into law while the political window is still open, and clean up the mess later.

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We Are No Longer a Nation of Laws.

We Are No Longer a Nation of Laws.

December 22nd, 2009

Senate Sets Up Requirement for Super-Majority to Ever Repeal Obamacare

by Erick Erickson, Redstate

 Harry Reid shows complete disdain for the Constitution in the Obamacare bill

If ever the people of the United States rise up and fight over passage of Obamacare, Harry Reid must be remembered as the man who sacrificed the dignity of his office for a few pieces of silver. The rules of fair play that have kept the basic integrity of the Republic alive have died with Harry Reid. Reid has slipped in a provision into the health care legislation prohibiting future Congresses from changing any regulations imposed on Americans by the Independent Medicare [note: originally referred to as “medical”] Advisory Boards, which are commonly called the “Death Panels.”

It was Reid leading the Democrats who ignored 200 years of Senate precedents to rule that Senator Sanders could withdraw his amendment while it was being read.

It was Reid leading the Democrats who has determined again and again over the past few days that hundreds of years of accumulated Senate parliamentary rulings have no bearing on the health care vote.

On December 21, 2009, however, Harry Reid sold out the Republic in toto.

Upon examination of Senator Harry Reid’s amendment to the health care legislation, Senators discovered section 3403. That section changes the rules of the United States Senate.

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Obama and Dems are Ignoring real problems

Obama and Dems are Ignoring real problems

December 22nd, 2009

BY U.S. REP. FRANK LUCAS, NEWSOK

 

Earlier this year, President Obama announced his plan to reform our country’s financial system. After several months of debate, the House Financial Services Committee, of which I am a senior member, produced a more than 1,300-page bill that includes nine separate pieces of legislation — including two that had already passed the House. Last week, the House passed the bill by a slim margin.

In addition to dramatically expanding the power of the Federal Reserve and establishing a “credit czar” who will have virtually unlimited authority to restrict consumer choices and impose fees on financial institutions, H.R. 4173, the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, would create a permanent bailout fund for “too big to fail” companies that make poor decisions. In order to pay for this, the bill will impose a $150 billion tax on financial institutions — a tax that will most certainly be passed down to consumers in the form of higher fees and restricted credit. If additional funds are needed, the American taxpayer will be on the hook once again.

Establishing a permanent bailout will only encourage the systemically risky behavior that originally led to the financial crisis. If financial institutions know they will not be held accountable for their poor mistakes, there is nothing to stop them from making more. The American people want accountability and responsibility on Wall Street — not more taxpayer-funded bailouts.

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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll OBAMA ENDING YEAR ON LOW: 56% DISAPPROVE