The last 365 days of debate and rancor regarding the proposition of universal health care has lead me to one conclusion: We have nothing but shysters, magicians and whores leading the people of the United States.
This bill was less about giving the indigent and less fortunate affordable health care coverage and more about a massive money and power grab by those in the position who can steal from the pocketbooks of the American people.
First of all, we had doctored numbers given to the Congressional Budget Office. I do not blame them for giving the bill a thumb’s up; they are statisticians are must deal with the figures that Congress provides.
Then we had so-called “Blue Dog” Democrats who wrangled deals such as the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase. In essence, such propositions that would be considered bribes in the public sector are looked upon as the status quo below the Beltway. In fact, I tried to sell my 2008 vote on eBay and was told it was against the law. Of course, I am not a member of Congress.
The bill is laced with ambiguous language and is so large it gives a normal person like myself a headache and conniptions.
Then we had Congressman Bart Stupak, a self-avowed anti-abortion and supposedly religious Michigan Democrat, who proclaimed he wouldn’t vote for a bill that contained Federal funding for abortions. His opposition based on his strong moral principles was refreshing to me.
(I must interject here that I am an independent strongly leaning toward libertarianism. I have no problem with people getting abortions; I just don’t want Federal tax dollars used in obtaining them.)
But hold the presses, my peeps! All of a sudden, Congressman Stupak decides to make a major flip-flop, along with the other eleven he had rounded up, and votes for the bill! As they say in the hood, “Whad-up, my homey?” (I can say that. I work in Detroit.) Such a turnaround gave me whiplash.
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?