Skip to comments.The list of payoffs that got Reid his cloture vote
Posted on 12/22/2009 10:14:57 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Recall the moments in 2008 when Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama campaigned on the platform of must control gag reflex Honest Leadership, Open Government? This picture should jog your memories, and your own gag reflexes, especially that sanctimonious pose by Reid. The trio have managed to make themselves either satirists of the highest order or influence peddlers of the lowest while struggling to pass the second item on their legislative agenda. /1209/30877.html">Politicos Josh Gerstein reviews the ObamaCare compromise bill that Reid struggled to get past a wee-hours cloture vote in the middle of a blizzard in the Beltway. Its an amazing list of pork and bribes, even for an old pro like Reid:
The multimillion-dollar deals cut with Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and others to win the 60 votes needed for the historic health care reform bill gave President Barack Obama the margin he needed to fulfill a central campaign promise but may also have upped the ante for future presidential horse trading.
With the bill hanging in the balance, Nelson won a provision exempting his state from paying the usual share of costs for new Medicaid patients. The deal critics have dubbed the Cornhusker Kickback is expected to cost the federal government $100 million over 10 years.
Before a close vote last month, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) won an even larger break for her state an estimated $300 million in extra federal spending, in a move opponents derided as the Louisiana Purchase.
Some critics branded the special deals as functionally equivalent to the kind of earmarks Obama crusaded against as a senator and a quantum leap from eleventh-hour deals Obamas predecessors have cut.
Lets take a look at the list itself, which goes far beyond Nelson and Landrieu,
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the pair that IBD Editorials calls the Louisiana Purchase and Omaha Stakes:
I still do not understand why Bernie Sanders, A SOCIALIST, had to be paid to support this bill.
This is so sickening. These people play with others money like it’s a game. Inmates running the asylum.
Is Texas on it?
October 15, 2009
Fact: Voter turnout is much higher with seniors than any other age group
Fact: Dems are very much in danger in the upcoming elections
Fact: Obama offers a $250 bribe to seniors
Republicans who vote against it will be vilified. Republicans who vote for it will be reminded that it was Obama who pushed this.
Now why wouldnt this be paid out of the existing stimulus funds that are sitting there?
Mark my words. We will see a lot of money handed out as the elections get closer. Thats the real reason Obama is sitting on most of the stimulus money. Its bribe money.
Sure in the grand scheme of things, its chump change but at some point we have to draw a line right? Nope.
Obama clearly established the way forward in getting things done!
I have to bookmark this post for careful reading. I must admit I have been so absorbed in the global warming issues issue I have not put enough careful examination into key issues as is spelled out here on things just as close to home and the wallet, and future state of the Republic.
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