Max Baucus on Obamacare’s hidden agenda – redistribution of wealth

Thursday, March 25, 2010
Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 5:08 PM

Max Baucus is the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and the Democrat most responsible fo Obamacare’s final shape other than Nancy Pelosi.

In an unusual speech on the Senate floor moments ago, Max Baucus declares that the “healthcare bill” to be  “an income shift, it is a shift, a leveling to help lower income middle income Americans.”  Baucus continued, “[t]oo often, much of late, the last couple three years the mal-distribution of income in America is gone up way too much, the wealthy are getting way, way too wealthy, and the middle income class is left behind.  Wages have not kept up with increased income of the highest income in America.  This legislation will have the effect of addressing that mal-distribution of income in America.”

Max Baucus on Obamacare’s hidden agenda – redistribution of wealth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY4Qbv7gPbo&feature=player_embedded

Baucus’ candor is appreciated, though the fact that he waited until the bill passed to announce the real agenda behind the massive tax hikes isn’t a profile in courage.  And the seniors on fixed income who are about to lose Medicare Advantage would laugh at Baucus’ pseudo-populism.

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Senator Feinstein’s Iraq conflict of interest

Senator Feinstein’s Iraq conflict of interest

Category: Anti-war, Dianne Feinstein — Bob Morris @ 12:23 am

Expose corruption

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has been forced to resign as chair of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee after news of her grotesque conflicts of interest surfaced due to the billions of dollars going in defense contracts to her husband’s companies.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum’s ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein.

The story was broken by Metroactive, a group of alternative weeklys in northern California, who have complete coverage. Why is it that an alt weekly was the only one who could figure out what was happening? Earth to CNN and NY Times, you just didn’t have a clue, huh? More important, why was she even allowed on the committee and allowed to vote? Why didn’t she recuse herself from votes where she and her husband benefit financially? Why did no one in the Senate of either party object?

It gets worse.

It turns out that Blum also holds large investments in companies that were selling medical equipment and supplies and real estate leases—often without the benefit of competitive bidding—to the Department of Veterans Affairs, even as the system of medical care for veterans collapsed on his wife’s watch.

I shudder to think what would happen if those two got involved in the orphanage business.

Corruption and conflicts of interest that are rife in DC. It’s not just greed. That doesn’t explain it all. You need to think about class, as in the ruling class and the working class. Such collusion and purposeful silence on obvious conflicts of interest happen because the ruling class, regardless of their party, will always protect itself against everyone else. And if you are a senator and your husband is a billionaire, then that certainly makes you members of the ruling class. Which certainly clarifies why DiFi has never seriously opposed the Iraq war, now doesn’t it? “There’s plenty good money to be made / By supplying the army with the tools of the trade,” Country Joe said during the Vietnam War, and it still true today. The ruling class profits mightily from war, and hey, it’s not their kids coming back maimed or in body bags.

Why aren’t congressional Democrats working to end the war? Just look at Dianne Feinstein. There’s your answer. It’s because it’s not in their class interest to do so.

That’s why the people have to do it.

While right wing bloggers are going nuts over this (and many liberals seem oddly silent), it’s hardly a partisan issue or a right wing hit.

Research assistance for [the] story was provided by the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute.

Metroactive concludes

You would think that, considering all the money Feinstein’s family has pocketed by waging global warfare while ignoring the plight of wounded American soldiers, she would show a smidgeon of shame and resign from the entire Senate, not just a subcommittee. Conversely, you’d think she might stick around MILCON to try and fix the medical-care disaster she helped to engineer for the vets who were suckered into fighting her and Bush’s panoply of unjust wars.

Photo from Tribune India article, Fighting corruption. Moral values must prevail
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Expose corruption

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has been forced to resign as chair of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee after news of her grotesque conflicts of interest surfaced due to the billions of dollars going in defense contracts to her husband’s companies.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum’s ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein.

The story was broken by Metroactive, a group of alternative weeklys in northern California, who have complete coverage. Why is it that an alt weekly was the only one who could figure out what was happening? Earth to CNN and NY Times, you just didn’t have a clue, huh? More important, why was she even allowed on the committee and allowed to vote? Why didn’t she recuse herself from votes where she and her husband benefit financially? Why did no one in the Senate of either party object?

It gets worse.

It turns out that Blum also holds large investments in companies that were selling medical equipment and supplies and real estate leases—often without the benefit of competitive bidding—to the Department of Veterans Affairs, even as the system of medical care for veterans collapsed on his wife’s watch.

I shudder to think what would happen if those two got involved in the orphanage business.

Corruption and conflicts of interest that are rife in DC. It’s not just greed. That doesn’t explain it all. You need to think about class, as in the ruling class and the working class. Such collusion and purposeful silence on obvious conflicts of interest happen because the ruling class, regardless of their party, will always protect itself against everyone else. And if you are a senator and your husband is a billionaire, then that certainly makes you members of the ruling class. Which certainly clarifies why DiFi has never seriously opposed the Iraq war, now doesn’t it? “There’s plenty good money to be made / By supplying the army with the tools of the trade,” Country Joe said during the Vietnam War, and it still true today. The ruling class profits mightily from war, and hey, it’s not their kids coming back maimed or in body bags.

Why aren’t congressional Democrats working to end the war? Just look at Dianne Feinstein. There’s your answer. It’s because it’s not in their class interest to do so.

That’s why the people have to do it.

While right wing bloggers are going nuts over this (and many liberals seem oddly silent), it’s hardly a partisan issue or a right wing hit.

Research assistance for [the] story was provided by the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute.

Metroactive concludes

You would think that, considering all the money Feinstein’s family has pocketed by waging global warfare while ignoring the plight of wounded American soldiers, she would show a smidgeon of shame and resign from the entire Senate, not just a subcommittee. Conversely, you’d think she might stick around MILCON to try and fix the medical-care disaster she helped to engineer for the vets who were suckered into fighting her and Bush’s panoply of unjust wars.

Photo from Tribune India article, Fighting corruption. Moral values must prevail

Pelosi’s Culture of Corruption: Dianne Feinstein and the DNC

March 30, 2007

Pelosi’s Culture of Corruption: Dianne Feinstein and the DNC

Nancy Pelosi ( yeah, I know, AGAIN! ), lambasted the Republicans for being nothing but crooks.  Her silence on the Democrat Culture of Corruption has been deafening.  This weeks’s scandal?  Dianne Feinstein.

Dianne Feinstein had been on the Military Construction Appropriations committee for six years.  During four of those years, Perini Corporation and URS Corp were MAJOR recipients of the largess that is the Military Construction Appropriations committee.  The good folks of California were often critical, and surprised, at Feinstein’s support of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  They never bothered to ask why very much tho.  Feinstein’s husband’s company, Perini, received $500 million in Iraq and Afghanistan contracts.  Now, we can assume Nancy Pelosi knows Dianne Feinstein pretty well.  We can also assume Pelosi knew what Feinstein’s husband did as well.  What we can also assume is Nancy said NOTHING during the entire time Feinstein was lining her pockets with BILLIONS in federal money.  Feinstein was profiting off the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts very overtly while Nancy Pelosi and the DNC constantly harassed Dick Cheney for once being an employee of Haliburton.  And why do you suppose Nancy kept her mouth shut during all this corruption?

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Because Howard Dean, who was screaming the loudest about Republican corruption, was taking money from the Feinsteins as fast as he could stick his hands out.

Yes folks, the entire Democrat Party was profiting from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars while Koz and all the other sheep harped on the Republicans profiting in ways they could never prove.  There it is folks, in black and white.  It’s overt.  It’s obvious.  It’s undeniable.  What it also is, is cmpletely ignored by CBS, The New York Times, LA Times, etc. etc. etc..  You name a major media outlet, they’ll be on the ignoring this issue list as well.  So, people like me have to rely on Rush Limbaugh and Michele MalkinSome blogs are taking a little credit because Feinstein resigned from MILCON this week.  She really didn’t have any reason to stay on MILCON any longer tho, her husband sold out of Perini and URS two years ago.  Now, a lot of people will dismiss the credibility of this story because I cite Rush and Michele.  I’m sure that couldn’t make Nancy, Howard, and Dianne any happier.

It just amazes me how people like Dan Rather could look the country in the face and blame it all on Dick Cheney, knowing the entire damn time it was Feinstein and the Dems making all the money off the deaths of our soldiers.  And ya wanna know something else?  It was that same MILCON committee shelling out billions to Feinstein at Feinstein’s direction that failed to provide adequate body armor to our troops in Iraq.  And, it was that same MILCON committee handing out billions to Feinstein at the direction of Feinstein that failed to provide adequate health services to our troops that the media is whining about now.

Can we assume my “investigative” abilities are that much superior to CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox, the LA Times, the NY Times, or even the BBC?  Or, can we assume that because Dianne Feinstein is an uber-liberal Democrat woman from California they all chose to look the other way while she profited off the deaths of our soldiers?

Regardless, there’s a LOT of explaining that needs to be done by Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, and Howard Dean.  However, I doubt CBS, ABC, NBC, or CNN will time to squeeze this topic in while they continue to dedicate every waking second to Gonzales firing a bunch of lawyers.

Feinstein quits committee under war-profiteer cloud

DiFi Scandal Goes Unreported

Renewing the Contract

Renewing the Contract
By Philip Klein
Published 11/8/2006 12:09:29 AM

Those conservatives who are waking up dispirited about the Democratic Party’s takeover of the House and its gains in the Senate would be wise to think back to a Wednesday two years ago.

On the morning of November 3, 2004, conservatives were euphoric as President Bush was re-elected comfortably and the GOP gained seats in the House and Senate — knocking off Tom Daschle in the process. Republicans began to talk in terms of being a permanent majority. The Democrats, meanwhile, were demoralized — seemingly destined for political irrelevance.

A lot has changed in two years, and a lot will change between now and November 4, 2008 — when Americans go to the polls to elect President Bush’s successor. Rather than seeing Tuesday’s defeat as a crisis, Republicans should look at it as an opportunity to rehabilitate the party in time for that crucial election.

In assessing last night’s results it is important to note that it was not a defeat for conservatism; it was a defeat for Republicanism, or at least, what Republicanism has come to represent. In the past 12 years, Republicans went from the party that promised “the end of government that is too big, too intrusive, and too easy with the public’s money” to the party of the Bridge to Nowhere; it took control of Congress on a pledge to “end its cycle of scandal and disgrace” and went down in defeat as the party of Tom DeLay and Mark Foley.

Having abandoned its core principles, the Republican Party had nothing to run on this year, so its campaign strategy centered on attacking Nancy Pelosi — a questionable tactic given that, according to some polls, more than half of the country had never even heard of her.

Republican strategists who projected optimism over the past few months cited as reasons for their confidence: fundraising, incumbency advantage, gerrymandering and new innovations such as “microtargeting.” But as this election made perfectly clear, none of this can bail out a party that is bereft of ideas.

We will hear a lot of reasons for why Republicans lost this year. We will hear that they lost because of an unpopular war, an unpopular president, a culture of corruption, a traditional anti-incumbent six-year itch and a dispirited base. But one thing is for sure. Republicans did not lose on a platform of limiting the size and scope of government.

Just as this election wasn’t a defeat for conservatism, it wasn’t a victory for liberalism. Democrats intentionally avoided a publicized “Contract With America”-style platform advancing a progressive agenda in favor of making the campaign a referendum on President Bush. The closest thing they had to a platform, “A New Direction for America,” was not a sweeping ideological document, but a laundry list of initiatives such as making college tuition tax-deductible, raising the minimum wage, and negotiating drug prices. Though a Democratic majority will likely roll back President Bush’s tax cuts, they didn’t advertise that in the “fiscal discipline” section of their platform. (It is a testament to how enamored Republicans became with big government that they enabled Democrats to run as the party of fiscal discipline.)

After controlling the House of Representatives for the last 12 years and the White House for the last six, a lot of pent up anger developed toward Republicans. If the GOP had to lose an election as a result of this sentiment, better this year than in 2008, when Americans will choose who will lead the War on Terror into the next decade.

The Democratic Party will take power in January. Either they’ll demonstrate to Americans that they have no governing philosophy, or they’ll play to their anti-war base by pushing for a premature withdrawal from Iraq and go overboard with investigations of President Bush.

While the exposure of the Democratic Party during the next two years will help Republicans, the GOP should not head into the next election thinking that running against Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton will ensure victory. Instead, the Republicans need to differentiate themselves by returning to their small government roots and once again becoming the party of ideas.

In 1994, Republicans swept into power by signing a contract with America. That contract has been breached, and unless they want to lose the big prize in 2008, it’s time for that pact to be renewed.

Fear the Terrorists, Not President Bush — On the left, my former party of choice, feels that the biggest issues confronting America are corporate greed, “the culture of corruption” (as if this does not occur on both sides), Wal-Mart, “big business,” churchgoing Christians, global warming and an assault on the civil liberties of us and terrorists. To deny this would be scandalously untrue — The “Drive-by” big city media feels the need to rant about how we “torture” terrorists, keep “secret prisons,” check phone records of suspected terrorists, regress back to Katrina whining, yada, yada and yada. The ACLU, “peace organizations,” the legal world, academia and Hollywood, not surprisingly, fall for this flawed, inane logic too. History has always proved these acrimonious fools wrong, and will again this time… if we’re not killed first by our enemies because of their devious behaviors.

Fear the Terrorists, Not President Bush
October 31st, 2006

Next Tuesday is midterm election day. When you cast your vote – if you choose to partake in this most honorable American tradition – please remember what is at stake.

On the left, my former party of choice, feels that the biggest issues confronting America are corporate greed, “the culture of corruption” (as if this does not occur on both sides), Wal-Mart, “big business,” churchgoing Christians, global warming and an assault on the civil liberties of us and terrorists. To deny this would be scandalously untrue.

On the right, my current “fearmongering” party of choice feels the biggest issue (singular) is to eliminating and freeing the world of Islamo-fascist Nazis. There is no denying this, and the sooner we, as in all other world wars, are free to do this, the better. My party wants to save the non-Muslim world, America, Israel and especially “liberal values” like sexual and gender freedoms (not just libertinism, but the freedom of women) freedom of religion, speech and of the press.

Unfortunately, aside from Radical Muslims, we have many domestic factors working against us:

The “Drive-by” big city media feels the need to rant about how we “torture” terrorists, keep “secret prisons,” check phone records of suspected terrorists, regress back to Katrina whining, yada, yada and yada. The ACLU, “peace organizations,” the legal world, academia and Hollywood, not surprisingly, fall for this flawed, inane logic too. History has always proved these acrimonious fools wrong, and will again this time… if we’re not killed first by our enemies because of their devious behaviors.

President Bush, sadly as of late, has fallen prey to dangerous political correctness and multi-cultural balderdash as he tries to unite this country. He has attempted to make good on his promise to be the great uniter, and the man has undeniably been more liberal than conservative the past year.

There is no need to do this, Mr. President.

This country was divided long before President Bush took office, and he has done his best to unite it. But many who hypocritically seek “redistribution of wealth” spend their weekends picking up wheatgrass at Whole Foods on their way to Nantucket, do not want to be united with Americans who attend church on Sunday, wave the flag, and enjoy Nascar, Applebee’s and saving money at Wal-Mart. Too bad for them. These arrogant, misguided folks have chosen to regressively look back, to sacrifice their platform to go after Mr. Bush (who is not up for re-election, by the way).

Fatuous liberals like Paul Krugman — who saw nothing wrong with comparing the backlash against the Dixie Chicks to the rise of Nazism — or the countless jabberers who have over the years denounced William F. Buckley Jr., Barry Goldwater, Sean Hannity et al. as fascists are difficult to respect, much less take seriously. As Jonah Goldberg wrote in September,

“One gets the sense that today’s liberals — beyond their phobia of offending the coalition of the oppressed (in this case, the Muslims of CAIR) — are reluctant to let Bush use “Islamic fascism” because they don’t want to give up their monopoly on the F-word.”

George Bush needs to stop trying so hard to make “peace” with those who despise us within our nation and are more concerned with meaningless impeachment than saving our world. His efforts have never been appreciated, but someday, like Reagan and those before him, perhaps they will. 

Thankfully, by the grace of G-d, the patriotic men and women of the military will save this nation as they always have. They will not get thanks from the coastal elites, but this is expected.

It’s not just that the wrong party could take power, but this party’s leaders, some of those who would be in charge of essential committees like Ways and Means, the Judiciary, Commerce, etc, are variously on record as not supporting Israel (and being proud of it!), raising taxes, ending free trade, drilling in ANWR (animals are more important than people, usually) and naturally, impeaching Bush. That will surely take our attention away from the Islamic Nazis, North Koreans and by October of next year, as opposed to fraudulent filmmakers who dream of Bush being dead, we all could be in severe peril. I’d personally put it at 50/50.

I hope that most Americans will take a deep breath, realize Bush had noble, correct intentions for freeing tens of millions from a madman and then remember that unemployment is the lowest in five years; the Dow is over 12,000 points. Inflation is 2.1 percent, the deficit is being dramatically reduced, and gas prices are falling. Let’s just hope that if the GOP maintains control, we don’t waste time, effort and money on Democrat protests and recounts. Which state this time? Indiana? Missouri? Do I hear Maryland?

Vote accordingly, and consider whether you want to tell your grandchildren you defeated carbon dioxide emissions or Islamo Nazi Fascists who threatened the free world.

Ari Kaufman is a freelance writer in Indianapolis, regularly contributing to the Indianapois Star and the Jewish Post and Opinion. He’s also the co-author of an upcoming book on educational reform. His archived work can be accessed here.

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