Monday, December 21, 2009

"Change Nobody Believes In" - WSJ on the Health Care Bill

I am posting an editorial from today's Wall Street Journal Online on the horror show Harry Reid conducted in order to get a pure partisan agreement on health care jammed through the Senate this past weekend.  At the last minute, Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson reversed course and cast his vote in support of the Bill.  According to "The Weekly Standard," the White House (i.e. Rahm Emanuel) threatened to mothball a big air force base in Nebraska unless the Senator from Nebraska voted for health care.

I hope everyone takes the time to read through this commentary, as it contains a lot of factual information that has been blurred over by the White House and the deep-pocketed, heavy-spending BigPharma lobby, which by far has been the Bill's biggest financial supporter: 
These 60 Democrats are creating a future of epic increases in spending, taxes and command-and-control regulation, in which bureaucracy trumps innovation and transfer payments are more important than private investment and individual decisions. In short, the Obama Democrats have chosen change nobody believes in—outside of themselves—and when it passes America will be paying for it for decades to come.

Here's the link:     CHANGE NOBODY BELIEVES IN

It would appear, now that the dust has settled and we a have clear view of how much "bribe" money Ben Nelson was given by the White House to get his vote, that Nelson literally bent Obama/Reid over for the benefit of Nebraska and the detriment of every other State.  Think about that when you go to the polls in November.


  1. When The Weekly Standard reported the threat to pull the air base, it also stated that it could not happen immediately as these closures do not come up for a year or two in the normal cycle of review. So I can only imagine how that was conveyed (informally of course) to Nelson.

    Nonetheless, it does appear that Nelson had a offer "he could not refuse".

    This all remins me of a line in Butch Cassidy: Butch and Sundance are being chased and are at a cliff--Butch says to Sundance, let's jump. Sundance says he can't: he does not know how to swim. Butch laughs and says not to worry--the fall will kill them.

    Not to worry about health care--the existing financial situation is gonna kill us anyway.

  2. Thanks for the hat tip on the Weekly Standard intel, Hal. This quote is from the WSJ article:

    "So in addition to abortion restrictions, Mr. Nelson won the concession that Congress will pay for 100% of Nebraska Medicaid expansions into perpetuity. His capitulation ought to cost him his political career, but more to the point, what about the other states that don't have a Senator who's the 60th vote for ObamaCare?"

    No doubt Nelson bent Obama/Reid over at the expense of the rest of the country. I wonder how much Warren Buffet's businesses will benefit from Nelson's booty-call.

  3. I have to wonder who else will hold out before Thursday trying to get a better deal for their state and when does Rahm tell them to pound dirt.

    Certainly change in DC--we have compounded prior mistakes.

    You do have to like the Obama braintrust-not the ones who he associated with during campaign like Buffet and Volcker who have minimuzed mistakes and errors--but Larry (how can I lose 1.8 Billion for Harvard) Summers, Timmy (I did not understand the tax laws or how to structure my AIG deal) Geithner and Rahm (I want it now) Emanuael.

    I'll bet the comment about the air base in Neb was literally said in passing like "Senator, you would not look good if all of a sudden there was talk about losing your air base". That airbase, BTW is part of a critical mission for nations security so the comments were merely show and tell for "optics"-but rather effective--Senator--if you vote for it you lose your seat, and if you do not vote for it you wil lose your seat--why go thru the pain? Just say yes and you can retire.

  4. Based on the reports about how Rahm Emanuel bullied and pushed around Congressmen when he was still in the House in order to get TARP passed, I'm sure Rahm made it crystal clear to Neslson, using blunt, mobster-style thuggery, that Nebraska's Federal money would dry up quickly if he didn't get over his abortion issues and jump on the party bandwagon.

    After all, Rahm hails from the land of South side pimps and notorious gangsters.

  5. Any perspective on Treasury blocking a Chinese Company from buying FirstGold?

    WASHINGTON — A company controlled by the Chinese government has notified the Obama administration that it is withdrawing its application to buy a Nevada gold mining company to avoid a conflict after federal officials raised “serious, significant and consequential national security” concerns.

    The decision by Northwest Nonferrous International Investment Company, at least for now, eliminates a showdown over the tiny company, the Firstgold Corporation. The Treasury Department on Monday was prepared to recommend that President Obama block the deal."

  6. Rahm Emmanuel is most definitely a nasty, little, bastard, just the sort of creep that the holier than thou Great Mocha Hope needs to help him get through this monstrous, puke inducing, "health reform" bill.

    I have something of a rueful smile on my face with respect to the hollow promise to Nelson about the Federales picking up Nebraska's Medicaid expansions into perpetuity. Medicaid perpetuity will be lucky if it survives the next half generation, in which case the cornhuskers are going to get corn holed.

  7. I hasten to add, BTW, that some of the worst legislation in U.S. history-like the creation of The Federal Reserve gets rammed through at this time of the year. The populace is even more distracted than usual don't you know.

  8. @JR: I dunno, but you have to wonder why a huge Chinese mining company would have any interesting in Firstgold:

    Other than its proximity to strategic U.S. miliary assets...

  9. @Edwardo: ROFLMAO. Medicaid might not make it our generation. Especially if the Chinese stop buying our Treasuries or Bernanke runs out of trees and can't print dollars.