Archive for December 31st, 2009

Rush Limbaugh’s Suspicious Chest Pains

Inspired by Jane Hamsher’s recent alliance with Grover Norquist, I have persuaded Glenn Beck to write a guest post on Rush Limbaugh’s hospitalization in Hawaii:

Have you noticed that every time Obama travels to Hawaii, bad things happen to the people around him?  Last year during the campaign he goes to visit his grandmother, and next thing you know she’s passed away.  This year he goes golfing with a friend, and the friend’s kid ends up in the hospital.  And now Rush Limbaugh gets rushed to the hospital with chest pains.

Is it possible that Obama was afraid that Rush’s probing intellect and investigative skills might get too close to some dark Hawaiian secret that could destroy his presidency?  Is it possible that he could have sent undercover Secret Service operatives to lace Rush’s pain pills with some exotic untraceable toxin?  Can the Obamas and their Secret Service detail completely account for their whereabouts yesterday morning and early afternoon?

And why isn’t anyone in the media looking into this?  Could it be that they’re part of the coverup?

Not that I’m insinuating anything, mind you – I’m just asking questions, because by God someone has to, and the American people deserve answers.

2 comments December 31st, 2009 at 11:39am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans

Whatever You Do, Don’t Read This

It’s just too disheartening:

In the fall of 2008, Democrats took the White House and expanded their Congressional majorities as America struggled through a financial collapse wrought by years of deregulation. The public was furious. It seemed as if the banks and institutions that dragged the economy to the brink of disaster — and were subsequently rescued by taxpayer funds — would finally be forced to change their ways.

But it’s not happening. Financial regulation’s long slog through Congress has left it riddled with loopholes, carved out at the request of the same industries that caused the mess in the first place. An outraged American public is proving no match for the mix of corporate money and influence that has been marshaled on behalf of the financial sector.

The banking committee… is known as a “money committee” because joining it makes fundraising, especially from donors with financial interests litigated by the panel, significantly easier.

The Democratic leadership chose to embrace this concept, setting up the committee as an ATM for vulnerable rookies. Eleven freshman representatives from conservative-leaning districts, designated as “frontline” members, have been given precious spots on the committee. They have individually raised an average of $1.09 million for their 2010 campaigns, according to the Center for Responsive Politics; by contrast, the average House member has raised less than half of that amount.

(…)

Because the frontline members face the possible end of their careers in November and may be beholden to the whims of powerful donors, the Democrats’ 13-seat advantage on the committee is weaker than it appears. If seven members break with the party on a vote, the GOP wins. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) refers to them as “the unreliable bottom row.” (The second row is little better, populated by the Democrats from red-leaning areas who first took office after the 2006 election.)

In short, by setting up the committee as a place for shaky Democrats from red districts to pad their campaign coffers, leadership made a choice to prioritize fundraising over the passage of strong legislation. “It makes it difficult to corral consensus,” says Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), a subcommittee chairman, of the unwieldy panel.

(…)

Sixteen of the committee’s 86 current staffers — including a good chunk of the senior staff — worked as lobbyists before coming to the committee. (And it’s not just Republicans; 12 of the 16 are Democrats.)

“The door doesn’t just revolve once,” says Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.). “They tend to go out and come back and go out again. It really does create a set of financial incentives, whether conscious or not.”

If anything, it gets worse from there.  It’s appalling and more than a little scary just how corrupt and rotten our government has become.

2 comments December 31st, 2009 at 07:32am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Economy,Politics,Wankers


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