What happened to HR676?

November 6, 2009
AP file Photo/ Charles Dharapak

Pelosi delivers a bucket of snot and calls it Health Care Reform

See my previous post in which I urge everyone to please call members of the House of Representatives to ask their  support  for  the Weiner amendment and HR676, which was supposedly going to be discussed and voted upon today. What the heck, besides my last post, see these others –  here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here.

Yesterday afternoon an email blast was sent by Progressive Democrats of America:

Last night PDA got word from Congressman Weiner’s office that Speaker Pelosi is keeping her promise to allow the Weiner single-payer amendment full debate and vote on the floor of the House. This will happen on Friday or Saturday.

At about the same time yesterday afternoon, Representative Dennis Kucinich and Representative John Conyers withdrew HR 676.  Here you have it via the Chicago Sun-Times:

Dear Friends,

We thank you for your continued devotion to the cause of health care for All Americans. We have worked together for many years to write, promote and campaign for HR676, a single payer, not for profit health care system.  . . .

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider a single payer bill. As the two principal co-authors of the Conyers single payer bill, we want to offer a strong note of caution about tomorrow’s vote.

. . .

Here are the facts: There has been no debate in Congress over HR676. There has not been a single mark-up of the bill. Single payer was “taken off the table” for the entire year by the White House and by congressional leaders. There has been no reasonable period of time to gather support in the Congress for single payer. Many members accepted a “robust public option” as the alternative to single payer and now that has disappeared. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has scored the bill scheduled for a vote tomorrow in a manner which is at odds with many credible assumptions, meaning that it will appear to cost way too much even though we know that true single payer saves money since one of every three dollars in the health care system goes to administrative costs caused by the insurance companies. Is this really the climate in which we want a test vote?

. . .

Sincerely,

Congressmen John Conyers and Dennis Kucinich

You surely recall that this is the same congress that needed no time at all to consider and approve the bailout of Wall Street.  I for one find it incomprehensible that Mr. Conyers and Mr. Kucinich would not want every congressperson to go on the record, Yes or No, to health care for all.  Do you believe that HR 676 was withdrawn because “this is not the right time“?  I for one do not believe it.

Here’s what Anthony Weiner had to say:

“We did not want to let the perfection of the single-payer be the enemy of the good”

What good?  Do you see a good in this alleged reform of the health care industry?  I see no good at all.

I smell a rat, and I for one would like to know what really happened.

Nancy Pelosi builds consensus

cross-posted at Lightpond


Obama NSA Chief Has Ties to Chevron’s Board?

February 17, 2009

During and after the presidential primaries and the general election Barack Obama’s “progressive”, clean energy, environmental activist supporters fought for their candidate of “change” as a new entity in Washington, initiating a revolutionary era in energy production and usage. Well, just like everything else Obama championed before he was elected, he now has had second thoughts about his first thoughts. Frankly, I’m equally concerned about the NSA chief’s oversight of wiretapping and electronic eavesdropping. But this is about energy.

Obama’s last and final pre-election “position” on domestic off-shore oil was for limited drilling: Just parenthetically, has he dropped these positions?
And what about these?

Obama’s choice of General James Jones as National Security Council chief may gall the activists looking forward to saving the U.S. from increased off-shore oil drilling and coal production. Before John McCain supported domestic oil drilling and the polls showed drilling was a popular idea, Obama OPPOSED it. Nancy Pelosi refused to bring the issue to a vote in the House so as not to embarrass the Democrats. Just before the election, Obama and Biden suggested coal producers should be put out of business. Obama seems equally committed to every contradictory position he takes. His supporters haven’t wanted to notice the disturbing truth until now. General Jones portfolio will include the national security implications of energy supplies as well as domestic energy production. General Jones comes from the same Chevron Board as former NSA chief Condeleeza Rice. Even the Daily Kos, a vociferous Obama booster blog expresses some queasy misgivings.

Gen Jones’ ties to Chevron and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce suggest a platform of enhanced oil drilling in the U.S. as well as an increase in coal production, with or without clean technology.

Here, I quote from a Democracy Now radio show from December 2008 (URL at the bottom) because Amy Goodman from Code Pink was an Obama supporter, bundling a lot of cash for her candidate. And though I must raise an eyebrow at the cynicism of perennial candidate Ralph Nader, I believe he holds many environmental views of environmental “progressives”.

AMY GOODMAN: What about Marine General Jim Jones nominated as National Security Adviser? Interestingly, President Bush’s first National Security Adviser, of course, was Condoleezza Rice. She came from the board of Chevron. That’s exactly where Marine General Jim Jones comes from. Jim Jones comes from Chevron and the board of Boeing and the chief executive of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, which has been criticized by environmental groups for, among other things, calling for the immediate expansion of domestic oil and gas production and issuing reports that challenge the use of the Clean Air Act to combat global warming.

RALPH NADER: Well, Jim Jones is basically the representative of what President Eisenhower cautioned us about, the military-industrial complex. He is experienced. He’s clever. And now he’s in the White House. So the question is, who’s going to run what? Is Obama going to transform Jim Jones? Is Obama going to transform all these establishment appointees? Or are they going to, in effect, transform him, in contrast to his more liberal rhetoric?

It’s very hard to appoint people with fixed opinions, fixed constituencies around the country of vested power, and say, well, we’re going to use these to change America, because if they change, that will give great credibility, and that will offset the corporate power structure from Washington, D.C. You know, that’s never been done before, Amy. Usually, when you appoint people who have fixed positions, who have experience in set ways, who represent the power structure, they’re not about to be steered into a progressive path of hope and change by someone at the top in the Oval Office.http://www.globalexchange.org/update/inthenews/5986.html

Obama took so many differing positions during the presidential campaign that it was hard to keep up. In his infamous “bitter about their guns and religion” talk before supporters he stated his belief that auto plants in the Great Lakes region were not coming back. In the “change” video he he seems certain that fuel efficient “plug-in” vehicles can be made available by the auto industry within six years. Sheesh.

Obama’s appointment of General Jones to oversee the national security energy issues may signal that this is not change we can believe in.


Nancy Pelousy and the Money Changers

January 31, 2009

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, is a powerful figure in Washington. As Speaker she holds the whip hand on Democratic members of the House, who cross her at their peril, and decides which bills will come to the House floor for a vote. Since the election of Barack Obama, the candidate she selected early on in the primary process, her power is virtually unlimited.
Personally, she is one of the richest members in congress, as the wife of businessman/investor Paul Pelosi, holding part interest in investments estimated to be in the $90 million range. She has held elected office in the San Francisco 8th congressional district since 1987 when she succeeded Congresswoman Sala Burton in the post, running against gay supervisor, Harry Britt. Prior to election in the eighth congressional district she was a highly successful fundraiser for the Democratic Party. In her current capacity as highest ranking female member of the Democratic Party, she raises and distributes funds for congressional races.

Speaker Pelosi’s campaign disclosed receipts of $2,844,765 to the Federal Election Commission for 2008, $1,337,132 from individuals and $1,502,230 from PACs. She raised an enormous amount of cash although she was virtually unchallenged by any viable candidate except anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan.

First on the list of contributors to Speaker Pelosi was the Feminist Majority Pac, $1,000. The Feminist Majority is a major stockholder in Liberty Media, and multi-millionaire Peg Yorking, which owns Ms. Magazine.
The second listed contributor is Freddie PAC (Yes, THAT Freddie), $5,000 (the maximum allowable) in the primary and $2,500 in the general electiongeneral election. Barack Obama was the largest recipient of Freddie campaign funds (although the Los Angeles Times insisted that that had no influence on Obama’s regulatory >standstand

The third listing among the contributors was an aeronautical industry PAC General Dynamics Voluntary, which contributed $5,000 in the primary and $5,000 in the general election. In a later post I will try to summarize the types of industries contributing to Speaker Pelosi as well as the sums bestowed upon her by favor seekers. Ms. Pelosi received much of her campaign war chest from Washington D. C. area residents and lobbyists.

Nancy Pelosi won 72% of the vote in her congressional district which has not elected a Republican since 1949. Her Republican opponent garnered 11% and Independent anti war candidate Cindy Sheehan, 17.6%. Pelosi, as always, refused to debate her challengers. Although Sheehan tried to force the issue, she and her campaign manager confronting the Speaker at public venues, the campaign manager was forcibly removed from the premises.

Ms. Sheehan’s campaign reported $499,146 in individual contributions, $5,159 from PACs and $11,257 from candidates.


Obama’s “Friend” Rick Warren Plays with AIDS-HIV Fire

January 9, 2009

For all of you “progressive” Obama apologists and LGBT Obama enthusiasts, below is an article by Max Blumenthal, writing yesterday from The Daily Beast, about  conservative Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren. The pastor the President-Elect has selected to deliver a prayer at the presidential inaugural on January 20th is  far worse than some of us ever guessed.  Before you read it, here is a snapshot:

President-Elect Barak Obama has referred to Pastor Warren’s work combating AIDS-HIV in Africa as a stellar accomplishment uniting the two powerful men in Warren’s “purpose driven” causes. Few details surrounding Warren’s AIDS outreach have been disclosed by the MSM but the information revealed in Mr. Blumenthal’s coverage are eye-opening. Mr. Warren is described as promoting an all-abstinence campaign with the help of Ugandan officials which was funded with earmarks from the Republican controlled congress to the tune of $200 million. The burning of condoms and the all-abstinence campaign have actually RAISED the AIDS-HIV rate, especially among women.

As part of the Christian anti-AIDS-HIV campaign, gay activists had their pictures and home addresses published on the internet and many were forced into hiding. There is much more to be disgusted and shocked about in this story.

Pastor Warren has described himself as “not homophopic”, sufficiently gay-friendly to have the sodomites and lezzies over to his house to eat a fattening meal. Melissa Etheridge, well-known lesbian recording artist, swallowed this Obama-Warren hockum and spewed it back out for consumption in the LGBT community. She was rightly criticized for her astonishingly naive, Kool-Aide inspired shout-out on Warren’s behalf. The LGBT community has raised concerns about Obama’s Rick Warren pick, but so far NOTHING much in the way of protest has come from the women’s activist community. Nothing, nada in protest has come from Nancy Pelosi, part of the Obama inaugural committee, Speaker of the House of Representatives and congresswoman from California’s 8th district, with one of the largest gay constituencies in the nation.