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

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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RAW DATA: Top 20 Earmarking Senators in the $410 Billion Spending Bill

Who is the biggest earmarker of them all? According to Taxpayers for Common Sense, Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., takes the cake, with 60 earmarks worth $123 million in the latest spending bill before the Senate. 

But he’s hardly alone. The budget watchdog group has released its latest list breaking down the earmarks, lawmaker-by-lawmaker, in the $410 billion bill set to come up for a vote by the end of the day. The bill would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, with an 8.5 percent increase over last year and billions of dollars in pet projects. 

Here’s a breakdown of the top 20 earmarking senators and the value of their solo earmarks:

1) Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va. — $122,804,900 

2) Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. — $114,484,250 

3) Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo. — $85,691,491 

4) Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. — $76,899,425 

5) Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. — $75,908,475 

6) Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska — $74,000,750 

7) Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa — $66,860,000 

8) Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. — $53,133,500 

9) Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. — $51,186,000 

10) Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii — $46,380,205 

11) Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. — $39,228,250 

12) Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. — $36,547,100 

13) Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt. — $36,161,125 

14) Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. — $35,577,250 

15) Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. — $27,169,750 

16) Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. — $26,628,613 

17) Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. — $25,320,000 

18) Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis. — $23,832,000 

19) Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. — $21,952,250 

20) Former Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. — $19,588,625

Click here to read the full report from Taxpayers for Common Sense. 

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Quick Facts:

  • Democrats created the mortgage crisis by forcing banks to give loans to people who couldn’t afford them.
  • In 2006, McCain sponsored a bill to fix the problems with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Barney Frank and other Democrats successfully opposed it.
  • Obama was one of the highest recipients of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac donations in Congress.

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  • When the U.S. was on the verge of losing in Iraq, McCain chose to stand and fight.  Obama chose retreat.
  • Even after the surge succeeded, Obama told ABC’s Terry Moran he would still oppose it if he had the chance to do it all over again.

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  • Obama has promised to significantly cut defense spending, including saying “I will slow our development of future combat systems.”
  • John McCain has vowed: “We must continue to deploy a safe and reliable nuclear deterrent, robust missile defenses and superior conventional forces that are capable of defending the United States and our allies.”

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  • Obama voted “present” 135 times as a state senator, and according to David Ignatius of the Washington Post, “gained a reputation for skipping tough votes.”
  • McCain has taken stances unpopular with his own party and/or the public on controversial issues, including immigration, campaign finance reform, judicial nominations, the Iraq War and more.

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Quick Facts:

  • In a 2001 interview, Obama said he regretted that the Supreme Court “didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution.”
  • In the same interview, Obama criticized the Supreme Court because it “never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society.”
  • Obama has focused on empathy, rather than legal reasoning and restraint, as his basis for appointing judges, saying, “We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy…to understand what it’s like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old.”
  • McCain opposes judicial activism, saying, “my nominees will understand that there are clear limits to the scope of judicial power.”

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  • McCain has proposed building 45 new nuclear plants by 2030 and is in favor of drilling in sectors of the Outer Continental Shelf.
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Obama keeps some earmarks ‘All in the Family’

Obama keeps some earmarks ‘All in the Family’

Rick Moran
I wish I could say that this kind of thing will make a difference, that the American people will rise up in their righteous anger at this fakir, this rookie with radicals as his friends and mentors and smite him so powerful a blow that he would slink back to Chicago on election day with his tail between his legs – a beaten cur.

But it won’t. Barack Obama funneled money to friends and family while a Senator and yet has run a campaign trumpeting his opposition to “corrupt lobbyists.”

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has the story of how Obama steered $75,000 to a relative who headed up a social services agency. This is not the appearance of impropriety. This is as basic as corruption gets – enriching those closest to you. Claiming that he didn’t know his wife’s uncle ran the agency is such an unbelievable prevarication that it rivals Obama’s lies about his other associates. Ayers, Wright, Rezko, Meeks – a whole list of people that Obama claims he didn’t know about their criminal behavior or radicalism. It is beyond belief.


Nothing demonstrates the corrosive nature of earmarking, and why that process leads to runaway government spending, better than this example.  Edgar couldn’t get that public-works bill passed without spreading pork around the legislature.  (It should be remembered, though, that Edgar is known for having reduced government overall.)  Pork greases the gears that allow big spending bills to pass, and even worse, it creates a permanent class of legislators who rarely face significant challenges in their districts.  It’s not the amount of money wasted in pork spending that undermines democracy – it’s the mechanism itself.

Barack Obama reveled in that system.  He sent money to friends and family (Michael Pfleger and Jeremiah Wright were two more recipients of his largesse) as an Illinois state senator, and as a US Senator, he sent money to his wife’s employer.  Obama requested more than a million dollars a day in earmarks in his first three years in the Senate.  He’s not part of the solution to Washington’s corruption – he’s part of the problem.

But as I said, none of this matters to the voters at this point. The economy and what might happen in the future has them spooked – for good reason, I might add. And when people have a sense that their money and livelihood is in danger, everything else pales in comparison. Obama could be the devil himself and it wouldn’t matter if voters believe he has the answers to our current economic crisis.

It is apparent by McCain’s tumbling fortunes in the polls that the people believe Obama and not John McCain.

(I have more on why these radical associations of Obama’s are not resonating with voters here ).

545 PEOPLE By Charlie Reese

545 PEOPLE By Charlie Reese


Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.


Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?


Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?


You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.


You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.


You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.


You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.


You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.


One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.


I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.


I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.
They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.


Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.


What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.


The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? The leader of the majority party. He/She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.


It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility.. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.


If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.


If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.


If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it’s because they want them in IRAQ.


If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.


There are no insoluble government problems.


Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like ‘the economy,’ ‘inflation,’ or ‘politics’ that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.


Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.


They, and they alone, have the power.


They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses


Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.


What you do with this article now that you have read it is up to you, though you appear to have several choices.


1. You can send this to everyone in your address book, and hope’ they’ do something about it.


2. You can agree to ‘vote against’ everyone that is currently in office, knowing that the process will take several years.


3. You can decide to ‘run for office’ yourself and agree to do the job properly.


4. Lastly, you can sit back and do nothing, or re-elect the current bunch.

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