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Specter, a Fulcrum of the Stimulus Bill, Pulls Off a Coup for Health Money
New York Times ^ | 2/13/2009 | Gardiner Harris

Posted on 02/15/2009 4:54:36 PM PST by Born Conservative

WASHINGTON — For years, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania has been the National Institutes of Health’s most ardent champion on Capitol Hill. Having survived two bouts with cancer, open-heart surgery and even a faulty diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease, he has long insisted that research that results in medical cures is the best service that government can provide.

Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania arrived Friday at the Capitol to cast a crucial vote on the economic stimulus bill.

But even lobbyists are stunned by the coup Mr. Specter pulled off this week. In return for providing one of only three Republican votes in the Senate for the Obama administration’s $787 billion economic stimulus package, he was able to secure a 34 percent increase in the health agency’s budget — to $39 billion from $29 billion.

After money intended for highways, schools and states, it is the largest of chunk of financing in the budget and is almost three times the $3.5 billion first approved by the House. Nearly $2 billion is intended for building and equipment projects at the N.I.H. campus in Bethesda, Md., as well as at universities across the country. But most of the money will go to pay for as many as 15,000 additional grants submitted by scientists at universities across the country.

The health institutes currently issue 45,000 such grants at an average cost of $360,000 a year. And although most grants are financed for four to five years, administrators said they would give priority to projects that could be completed in two years.

House Republican leaders argued that the health institutes, flooded with cash, would pay for unworthy projects that would create few jobs. But the institutes finance only about 40 percent...

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: arlensphincter; nih; porkulus; specter; stimulus

1 posted on 02/15/2009 4:54:36 PM PST by Born Conservative
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To: neverdem; Tribune7

Ping


2 posted on 02/15/2009 4:55:13 PM PST by Born Conservative (Bohicaville: http://bohicaville.wordpress.com/)
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To: Born Conservative
Glad to see his principles have a price...and he is toast in 2010.
3 posted on 02/15/2009 5:00:33 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Born Conservative

The traitor sold out his country.


4 posted on 02/15/2009 5:00:49 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Born Conservative

That’s what I say about Specter - fulcrum...


5 posted on 02/15/2009 5:03:34 PM PST by mikrofon (Or similar.)
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To: Born Conservative

Yes, with NIH we get focused research lead by a few people that think they are the only ones with a good idea. We have probably set back a cure for cancer by years. The best and brightest are following the political researcher’s paths so that they will be funded, NIH grants the route to tenure, instead of making their own discoveries. We would be better off letting the States fund researchers instead of supporting Government projects at NIH and CDC.

Every researcher knows that the best project is one that will be funded by NIH but will never be solved. A career maker.

Government lead research is like everything else the government does.


6 posted on 02/15/2009 5:05:18 PM PST by A Strict Constructionist (I'm studying Voodoo...curses cast daily. Landrieu be gone to the devil...)
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To: Born Conservative

I will bet as this gets around it won’t be viewed as a coup.

Pay to play, it’s the Obama way.


7 posted on 02/15/2009 5:05:52 PM PST by Tarpon (If you don't stand on principle, you stand for nothing at all.)
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To: Born Conservative

Screw this Turd!!


8 posted on 02/15/2009 5:08:11 PM PST by mortal19440
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To: Jim Robinson
The traitor sold out his country.

Looks like Specter got his 30 pieces of silver. Why am I not surprised.

9 posted on 02/15/2009 5:09:10 PM PST by D Rider
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To: D Rider

He sold America into debt bondage it will live to regret just in the hope that he can live forever.


10 posted on 02/15/2009 5:15:29 PM PST by Melchior
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To: D Rider
Looks like Specter got his 30 pieces of silver

It would seem that if there was in fact and kind and loving God he would has sent the traitor to the grave before he voted to drive a stake through the heart of the country that I love..

11 posted on 02/15/2009 5:21:25 PM PST by RVN Airplane Driver ("To be born into freedom is an accident; to die in freedom is an obligation..)
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To: Born Conservative

So he got 10 billion dollars out of a 787 billion dollar boondoggle. He sold out cheap.


12 posted on 02/15/2009 5:22:24 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Born Conservative

Folks, the money is only fifteen of the silver pieces.

The other fifteen lay in the words of this “journalistic BJ” masquerading as a news piece. Think back to your high school days, and to the poor souls who would do anything to be considered part of the “in-crowd”; or recall the college youth who would accept all manner of humiliation to join just the right fraternity. You now know the juvenile insecurities that motivate full-grown men and women to forsake all else (common sense, principle, honor, loyalty) to bask in the ego-boosting prose of such as the NYT.

Specter must be smoking his post-orgasm cigarette right about now.


13 posted on 02/15/2009 5:23:51 PM PST by ForeignDude
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To: Born Conservative

Pay to play?

Or is this one Play for the Pay?


14 posted on 02/15/2009 5:24:00 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Jim Robinson; 2banana

Mitch McConnell should remove him from the Judiciary Committee for this act of treason (treason to the party AND to the nation).


15 posted on 02/15/2009 5:25:40 PM PST by Born Conservative (Bohicaville: http://bohicaville.wordpress.com/)
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To: Venturer

He sold out cheap, but look at the implications...


16 posted on 02/15/2009 5:27:03 PM PST by Born Conservative (Bohicaville: http://bohicaville.wordpress.com/)
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To: Born Conservative

He flushed our country down the toilet for a pet project deal made at a Super Bowl Party. You think our govt. doesn’t need an overhaul? Or is their even enough of an honest govt left to overhaul?


17 posted on 02/15/2009 5:30:32 PM PST by mojitojoe (None are more hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: Born Conservative

FREE HOT ROD, ARREST SPECTER.....NO DIFFERENCE and that is why Rod is so confident.


18 posted on 02/15/2009 5:31:55 PM PST by mojitojoe (None are more hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: ForeignDude
Specter must be smoking his post-orgasm cigarette right about now.

And, with any luck at all, it will result in a dose of the political clap.

19 posted on 02/15/2009 5:32:34 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Born Conservative

Mitch McConnell should remove him from the Judiciary Committee for this act of treason (treason to the party AND to the nation).

___________________________________

Bombard him with letters


20 posted on 02/15/2009 5:37:04 PM PST by mojitojoe (None are more hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: Born Conservative

WHY is it that Democrats can keep Democrats in line but the Republicans can”t ?


21 posted on 02/15/2009 5:43:27 PM PST by shielagolden
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To: Born Conservative
Arlen Specter should be helping the GOP to groom a replacement for the senate seat he holds. If he cared at all about the future of this Republic that is. Specter is 79 yrs. old, has multiple health problems of a very serious nature. If he dies in office his replacement will be appointed by a democRAT governor. He said he would not break a commitment he had made about the stimulus bill but would not reveal what that commitment was contingent on. He sold out all of Americans, and the Republican party that has kept him in the senate all these years, for a paltry ten billion dollars of grant money to the NIH. If he insists on running again in 2010 the Republican party has got to field a primary candidate against him. That opponent to Specter will get campaign funds from those of us who know that this is a test of the seriousness of the Gop about becoming relevant again. I do not understand why these rich, timed out politicians, will not leave gracefully and help bring in new blood to the party. Specter has disgraced himself. After he goes we need to target the Main sisters, Snowe and Collins.
22 posted on 02/15/2009 5:48:27 PM PST by mountainfolk (God Bless The United States of America)
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To: Born Conservative

This means that the NIH head can get a better company car.


23 posted on 02/15/2009 5:58:34 PM PST by dr_who
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To: mikrofon

Full of something. If they call it “crum”, it’s crum.


24 posted on 02/15/2009 5:59:17 PM PST by Humble Servant (See y'all in the Gulag.)
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To: Tarpon

The coup is coming.


25 posted on 02/15/2009 6:00:15 PM PST by Humble Servant (See y'all in the Gulag.)
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To: mountainfolk

“After he goes we need to target the Main sisters, Snowe and Collins. “

Nope. At the same time... 2010.


26 posted on 02/15/2009 6:00:37 PM PST by ataDude (My incredulity has already turned into disillusionment and is now turning into hatred.)
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To: D Rider
Looks like Specter got his 30 pieces of silver.

I don't think that's his 30 pieces. My bet is that he's going to be paid off in some other fashion, quietly, directly or indirectly.

27 posted on 02/15/2009 6:05:12 PM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll)
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To: Born Conservative

He and Casey have teamed up and someone is running commercials to call and thank them for voting for SCHIP and helping millions of children.

I want to vomit.


28 posted on 02/15/2009 6:18:36 PM PST by mombrown1 (PA Coordinatior SAS The Second Amendment is the reset button for the Constitution)
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To: 2banana

join conservativeallies.com and help us get rid of him and other creeps.


29 posted on 02/15/2009 6:19:21 PM PST by mombrown1 (PA Coordinatior SAS The Second Amendment is the reset button for the Constitution)
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To: Born Conservative
he has long insisted that research that results in medical cures is the best service that government can provide.

And the liberal mentality of this major RINO is laid out for all to see.

Seems to me that national defense might ought to rate somewhat higher... Protection of our God Given rights might also be placed just a bit higher.

30 posted on 02/15/2009 6:19:49 PM PST by TheBattman (Pray for our country....)
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To: mountainfolk

There are two out there considering taking him on.


31 posted on 02/15/2009 6:21:01 PM PST by mombrown1 (PA Coordinatior SAS The Second Amendment is the reset button for the Constitution)
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To: ataDude

My cousin in Maine says the people want to ‘hang them from the tree of liberty.’

She said, at the normally quiet local watering hole where they go alot, it almost came to fisticuffs about snow, collins, and the stimulus.


32 posted on 02/15/2009 6:23:10 PM PST by mombrown1 (PA Coordinatior SAS The Second Amendment is the reset button for the Constitution)
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To: mountainfolk

Republicans may have HELPED in stay in office, but he is, in effect, a Liberal, and thus, I do not WANT him grooming anyone for his seat. I was hoping that Pat Toomey would run against him the next time, but at this point, it looks as though he’ll run for Governor.

It’s disgusting to think that he sold us out for his own personal gain.


33 posted on 02/15/2009 6:34:16 PM PST by Born Conservative (Bohicaville: http://bohicaville.wordpress.com/)
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To: Born Conservative

scumbag is too kind a term for the waste of skin and demeans me for using the term


34 posted on 02/15/2009 6:38:14 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: mombrown1
I don't doubt it. People were mad at George W. Bush for his drunken-sailor-like spending, and it hurt Republicans across the board for two election cycles in a row. Now Bush is gone, the Republicans control *nothing*, and the Democrats set out straightaway to multiply the nation's debt.

Fisticuffs will only be the opening act.

35 posted on 02/15/2009 6:39:21 PM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: Charles Martel

You betcha!


36 posted on 02/15/2009 6:41:58 PM PST by mombrown1 (PA Coordinatior SAS The Second Amendment is the reset button for the Constitution)
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To: Born Conservative

re: Pulls Off a Coup for Health Money

Maybe not. Let’s not count our chickens before they hatch. He hasn’t gotten any money for anybody yet. All he has is the promise to provide it IF it’s there. And I suspect that’s going to be a bigger and bigger if as we move through this next year.


37 posted on 02/15/2009 6:43:38 PM PST by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: mombrown1

I can Fedex some rope, if needed. It can be there first thing Wednesday.


38 posted on 02/15/2009 7:02:22 PM PST by ataDude (My incredulity has already turned into disillusionment and is now turning into hatred.)
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To: Born Conservative
Stabbed the nation in the heart for health care research.

What good will a cure for anything be when all of America's tax payers are all destitute?

39 posted on 02/15/2009 7:14:12 PM PST by NickFlooding (Canceling out liberal votes since 1972.)
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To: Melchior
"He sold America into debt bondage..."<.I>

In an act of extreme selfishness Specter sold out future generations in the hope of squeezing another few years out of his already decaying corpse.

40 posted on 02/15/2009 7:25:48 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: Charles Martel

I wish people would stop referring to politicians “as spending like drunken sailors”. I ran out of money most of the time when I was a drunken sailor.


41 posted on 02/15/2009 8:38:38 PM PST by knife6375 (US Navy Veteran)
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To: knife6375

Point taken.


42 posted on 02/15/2009 8:55:55 PM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: ataDude
Collins was just reelected. She will not be up for reelection again until 2014.
43 posted on 02/16/2009 7:08:28 AM PST by HenpeckedCon (1/20/13 - Obama's Last Day!)
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