Stupak Sells his soul

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Three airports in the district of infamous fence-sitting and ultimately kowtowing Democrat Bart Stupak were awarded $726,409 in grants by the Obama Administration just two days before a vote on Obama and Pelosi’s government takeover of healthcare.


... sukka!
 


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Comments


Mark de LA says
A post mortem on the whole thing is that:

Pro-Life GOPer Benishek Wins Seat of Health Care-Abortion Traitor Stupak

the rest of the article is here. Stupak retired early before he was thrown out.

Mark de LA says
Apparently there is no enforcement by Sibelius of Obama's promise to Stupak about abortions.
NRO "the corner" : ...

House Minority Leader John Boehner sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius last month asking: "Has the Department provided guidance to states to implement the president’s Executive Order on abortions? When does the Administration expect to issue the directive on abortions? Will the new federal high-risk pools touted by the Administration also ensure that abortions will not be covered? Millions of Americans care deeply about this aspect of the new law and its implementation, and no progress report is complete without detailed information about it."

Sebelius eventually responded with a bit of a non-response response: She said the administration was working on guidance, no specifics. Boehner, I am told, subsequently raised similar questions with the president and got nowhere. Sebelius's progress report on Obamacare last week mentioned nothing about it.


... One more piece of Obama's bullshit is being demystified.



C says
~The thing which has always fascinated me is that SCOTUS found an unwritten RIGHT of privacy in the Constitution in which they deemed a corollary to be that there was also a RIGHT to an abortion.  If Democrat party gets it's way then, something which is a sacred private right becomes a public expense. 
Source: ... Of course, this doesn't prove that Stupak's deal is meaningless--we have to rely on logic and the law to prove that. But it is fitting that Stupak sold out for a deal with a lawyer who has worked for the abortion lobby. As Planned Parenthood's president said, the executive order is nothing more than a "symbolic gesture."
... crisped up by this cartoon:



Mark de LA says
Souls for Earmarks:
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Lawmakers like Stupak have since been heavily scrutinized. Allison said the lawmakers who stood with him will find out if those earmarks are approved when the Appropriations Committee's bills come out in June or July. 

The individual earmarks requests from each of those lawmakers range from $20 million to $1.4 billion. Of the eight lawmakers whose 2010 requests were available for comparison, five requested more money than they did a year ago. Stupak requested $579 million. 

Here are the earmark amounts requested by the 11 House Democrats in the 2011 bill: 

Rep. Jerry Costello of Illinois.: $1,418.7 million ($256.4 million in 2010)

Rep. Solomon Ortiz of Texas: $618 million ($726.1 million in 2010)

Stupak of Michigan: $578.9 million 

Rep. Steve Driehaus of Ohio: $332.2 million 

Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio: $294 million ($305.7 million in 2010)

Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania: $236.8 million ($54 million in 2010)

Rep. James Oberstar of Minnesota.: $207 million ($226 million in 2010)

Rep. Brad Ellsworth of Indiana.: $115.4 million ($82.3 million in 2010)

Rep. Charles Wilson of Ohio: $84 million ($62.3 million in 2010)

Rep. Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania.: $67.1 million 

Rep. Joseph Donnelly of Indiana: $19.8 million ($11.65 million in 2010)

The Sunlight Foundation also says it is going to look at Republican earmarks. House Republicans say they are not requesting any earmarks for the next fiscal year, but Allison said the Sunlight Foundationwill watch GOP senators to see if they appear to be putting in earmark requests for their House colleagues. 

... still, all in all, in comparison to the Louisiana Purchase (bribe) for Mary Landrieu of $300 million some of these are bigger bribes including Stupak who requested $578.9 million.


Mark de LA says
Bernie Madoff thought small (only ~36 billion) & eventually landed in prison; had he thought large he would have become a politician in Washington D.C. & would still be playing with Trillion$$$$$.

 

Mark de LA says
seth 2010-03-30 08:54:50 13535
So are you followingthe discussion of Earmark data in CSV format on the Sunlight forum?  Are you downloading the data and tracking it?
     Not yet, I basically "discovered" Sunlight Labs this AM. They apparently have a lot of programs going including one with Google summer of Code here & offering ca$h for best mashups on government data
     We all know that the government is corrupt. The solution is more interesting to me. I think that more information is not the problem, it's more like the mechanics of the implementation of the U.S. Constitution & the Law.  Even though the bills were published online & analysis showed that the bills were bad & even though some media published CBO projections etc.,  Healthcare bill still got passed in a grand hurry like a con game.
     Earmarks are money taken from the taxpayers of other states for the benefit of one state or congressional district to perpetuate job security of pols. That kind of thing is a result of governments being to remote from the people; it's a bread & circuses kind of thing. If congressional districts negotiated with eachother for their needs & then the process rolled up to regions & states we presumably could get the pool of resources more rationally distributed. Then too! there are some that just "want to spread the wealth around".


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