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Are You Sick of the Debate Over the Public Option?

I was hoping not to have to write about this anymore, but, quite frankly, I’m sick and tired of the vacillating, equivocal maneuvering on the public option. And that’s from lawmakers we believe to be our friends, including the current occupant of the White House.

There are published reports that President Obama is more interested in the politics of the public option than actually getting a strong one done.

If it’s true, this is hardly change we can believe in. Senator Harry Reid is to be commended for at least trying to get a bill with the public option to the Senate floor.

Senator Harry Reid
Senator Harry Reid

Joe Lieberman, if he’s ready to support a filibuster on any bill containing a public option ought to be summarily stripped of his committee chair, and sent packing to the GOP caucus (that idea comes from my good friend Brent Budowsky). Even the House has caved, somewhat, with Nancy Pelosi now saying she’ll bring a bill to the floor with a public option that’s not pegged to Medicare rates.

Joe Lieberman
Joe Lieberman

That means not so robust as the one people were talking about just days ago. Then in the Senate there’s talk of opt outs and triggers (reportedly the one the President favors).

And what does all this mean when taken together? OUR LAWMAKERS ARE PUNKS!!!

There’s no other way to put it. And this cowardice is from the TOP DOWN! The public wants the public option (and that may not count people like my and my friend Sanda Aronson who want single payer). Four out of five congressional committees passed bills containing the public option.

So why is Joe Lieberman and his fellow travelers such a large roadblock?

I hate to say this, but it’s the President. Barack Obama thinks he needs bipartisan healthcare reform. He hasn’t sent those people in his administration whose job it is to twist arms to go out and do what they’re paid for. Somebody ought to be saying that the Joe Liebermans of the current Congress aren’t acting in  the best interest of their constituents. They’re pimping Americans with pre-existing conditions for the dollars that come from big insurance and big pharma.

I shouldn’t have to say this. Neither should Brent Budowsky, Ed Schultze, Randi Rhodes, Rachel Maddow or the others who have kept the fight going through all the nonsense the public has been exposed to.

Would these same jackals who bleat about government run health care prefer to leave national security to the bindlestiffs at Blackwater? Oh, sorry, they already did.

Sorry to vent, but I’m sick and tired. How about you?

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Who’s Afraid of ACORN?

Just as important, why are so many going after the organization? You would think they’d stuck up Ft. Knox the way conservatives and a lot of lawmakers who should know better are screaming, crying, and voting. The Senate voted by a huge majority to block ACORN from receiving federal funds. 49 Democrats signed on to this, doubtless spurred by the ridiculous “sting” operation that rightly cost four employees their jobs.

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Once they figured out what ACORN stood for, and what their work as about, it’s only natural that the organization would become a target. What they do, you see, is organize the poor, the disenfranchised, that great mass of people politicians ignore when they cry out about the problems of the middle class. I have known Bertha Lewis, ACORN’s CEO, for a good many years. She is hands down the best grassroots organizer in New York City. That’s precisely what makes her and ACORN so dangerous.

They tried to gut the group during last year’s presidential race. In fact, they tried to link President Obama to ACORN through some legal work he did for them back in 1995. Lawmakers had little taste for defunding them over allegations of voter fraud, allegations that by and large turned out to be untrue. So what changed?

Was it really the work of two conservative “operatives”, who dressed as pimp and ho, went to several ACORN offices and asked for advice on buying a home? Those employees should have been fired for not being able to spot such an obvious ruse in the first place. Beyond that, however, exactly what has ACORN done to bring such heat? The Census Bureau dropped them like a bad habit. It’s true 11 employees in Florida were arrested on  voter fraud charges, but ACORN itself alerted authorities to that alleged fraud.

Fact is, there are any number of agencies and companies that receive government funding whose employees have engaged in questionable if not criminal conduct. Does anyone remember Blackwater? ACORN claims to have more than 600 workers in 110 cities. Even if two dozen of them were bad apples, does that make the group toxic?

It sure does if you have a political agenda. Getting poor people registered to vote and to the polls is ACORN’s major sin in the eyes of those who want to keep those same people off the rolls. It’s a shame that so many Democrats who ought to know better jumped on the bandwagon, perhaps to avoid the wrath of right wing talk show hosts. They ought to know this, however. All this won’t stop Bertha Lewis. She’s been around too long, and worked too hard to let these fools beat her down.

What do you think? Will defunding ACORN kill the organization?

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