Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was absolutely right when he said, "There are 100 senators here and I don't know that there's a senator that doesn't have something in this bill that isn't important to them. If they don't have something in it important to them then it doesn't speak well of them."
The Republicans denouncing the deals are just sore that they decided not to play.
"This will not stand the test of the Constitution, I hope, because the deals that have been made to get votes from specific states' senators cannot be considered equal protection under the law," declaims Sen. Kay Bailey Hutichson.
Oh, yeah? What about that combined $3.4 million that Sen. Hutchison personally secured for eight Texas projects? Or the initiative last year to provide resources to Mexican anti-narcotics efforts that Hutchison herself admits she wouldn't support unless she received $100 million more in federal funding for domestic law enforcement along the border. Did we mention Hutchison hails from the great state of Texas? Or that Texas also happens sit along aforementioned border?
When she squeals about "equal protection under the law," I think she doth protest too much.
If Chris Dodd can steer a new medical center back to Connecticut, and Tom Harkin can win more Medicare funds for Iowa because they think these things will help the folks back home, I say, "More power to them." Perhaps it's just a case of doing well for the voters at home while doing good for the nation as a whole.
Heck, if anything, maybe we should be faulting these guys for not asking for more.
You see, Sen. Bernie Sanders got more than some random plum for signing onto health reform. Apparently, he had something more strategic in mind. What Sanders asked for, and received, was $10 billion to increase the number of community health care centers nationwide, including at least two more for his state of Vermont.
These centers provide care regardless of an individual's ability to pay, and with this expansion, Sanders single-handedly is now providing universal healthcare for his constituents.
Now, that really is taking care of the folks who brung ya.