Congressman Stupak then informs the masses that he has decided to change his mind since President Obama has been so gracious as to sign an executive order to make sure that there is no Federal funding for abortions. I was not so much angry as disappointed in the man. I don’t live in his district, but I called him to express my disappointment. Since I don’t live in his district, my words fell on deaf ears.
It’s been a few days, and the truth has come out. (Note to our elected officials: It always does. Someday.) Congressman Stupak didn’t change his mind because of a presidential order.
He changed his mind for money. This is called whoring himself for a vote.
Don’t get me wrong. I am thrilled to death that Michigan is taking advantage of the current practice of buying and selling votes. Let’s see, what did Congressman Stupak get for his vote?
First off, there’s money for refurbishing various airports in his districts. The air traffic up to northern Michigan is so mind-blowingly busy you know. Then there is $15M to repaint the Mackinac Bridge. There’s $125M for a replacement lock in Sault Saint Marie. There’s $25.6M for a federal courthouse in Marquette. There was also a few other goodies thrown in, bringing Stupak’s total take at around $578M, making the Louisiana Purchase look like chump change.
Thank you, Congressman Stupak.
This leads me to the $578M question, one that is directed to member of both parties (I’m a bi-partisan cynic). Are there no honorable leaders in Washington? Or has the inside of the Beltway turned into a massive red light district?