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Max Baucus

Surprise, Surprise? No...Just Follow the Money

by: Elaine in Roanoke

Tue Sep 29, 2009 at 18:41:40 PM EDT

( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

Those of us who are old enough remember that "Deep Throat," the tip-off guy who fed information to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Washington Post reporters seeking to unravel the scandal known as the Watergate break-in, said to "follow the money" have less trouble than some other people in figuring out why the Senate Finance Committee voted down the public option.

(By the way, for you younger folks, Mark Felts, who was an associate director of the FBI at the time, was the source for information that led Woodward and Bernstein to the information that ultimately uncovered the cover-up of the Watergate break-in which ultimately brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon, the only president to resign from the office.)

Taking Felt's long-ago advice, let's "follow the money" as we try to explain the vote in the Senate Finance Committee, where the public option was defeated 13-10 on Sen, Schumer's (D-NY) amendment. Note well: That's in a committee that has 13 Democrats and 10 Republicans. If the world worked as it should, the vote would have been 13-10 in favor.

The three Democrats who voted against a public option were Kent Conrad (D-ND), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), and Max Baucus (D-MT). It's easy to "follow the money." Just follow the campaign contributions.

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Max Baucus, Whose Side Are You On?

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 14:21:27 PM EDT

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No to Baucus, Yes to HELP

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 19:54:15 PM EDT

( - promoted by Teddy Goodson)

Update (hattip to TPM): The Insurance Industry, through it's lobbyist, Karen Ignani, has thanked Max Baucus. Therefore, we must nix his bill. Read the leaked memo for yourself.

Mad Max's summer of enabling health reform opponents has come to an end and now he's belatedly holding committee meetings to work on over 500 amendments.  He says he and his committee worked 100 whole hours on this!  100 hours!  That's about 2 weeks (or less) for average Americans.  And he thinks we should be impressed.  What has Max been doing for the past year?  Better yet, does he even know what the typical American work week is?  The fact is he recycled most of what he proposed last fall.  And he has changed little since he put forth his framework earlier this summer.  And then he stonewalled long enough for the Town Halls and their Freedom Works yellers to do their stuff. The bill is bad for most of us.  It's especially bad for the sick, women, low-income workers, and more.  There's no real public option to keep insurance companies honest.  There is nothing to control costs, except those levied against individuals.  

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With Friends Like These: Ben and the Blue Dogs

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Mon May 25, 2009 at 12:39:54 PM EDT

In a rather gratuitous muscle flexing, Sen. Ben Nelson (D? NE) recently has reached new lows.  The sad thing is that he is not alone.  He and his fellow Blue Dogs (including Max Baucus)are struttin' and posing and acting for all the world like the peacocks that they are.   (Note, hereafter I will call them peacocks.) With friends like these...  

The irony is that these folks do not present a Third Way at all, but rather just more of the same-old BS lyrics we've heard over and over ("second verse, same as the first").  Since 1980 (29 years ago), we've had only eight years with a Democrat.  Since 1951 (56 years), we've had only 20 years of Democratic administrations.  It's nearly a 2 to 1 ratio for Republican v. Democratic years in the presidency.  It goes without saying that the eight most recent years were under Republican-dominated White House.  The House turned Democratic and the Senate barely so in 2006.  Even then, with a few exceptions, Dems mostly supported the Bush agenda.  But overall, we've had one failed administration, with its failed ideology, year after year.  The last thing we need is more of same.  And so it's baffling why 1) everything possibly wrong with our country is blamed on Dems (even by these Dems), and 2) DLC Dems think they must tack "right,"  when, certainly, the failure of the "right" should be apparent to them at long last.  But no...

Let's take a look at a few of Nelsons' recent ploys. First Ben threatens to scuttle President Obama's SCOTUS appointment. But he doesn't even know who it is yet!  Nelson apparently doesn't want "activist judges," parroting the propagandistic talking points of the "right" wing still-disgruntled Bork fans. Said Nelson:

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