Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Kucinich Bends Over For ObamaCare

What I'm going to say now may surprise some of you, but I've always admired Dennis Kucinich's integrity.

He and I disagree on almost every issue, but I've always considered him a principled and honest congressman. Unlike a lot of the creatures in DC, he's never been known for personally enriching himself at the trough, his record has been squeaky clean and he has always been someone who was willing to take a stand for what he believed in no matter what.

Until now, that is.

After holding out for months, Dennis Kucinich caved and endorsed Obamacare...even though he still opposes it, as his remarks made clear:

I know I have to make a decision, not on the bill as I would like to see it, but the bill as it is. My criticisms of the legislation have been well reported. I do not retract them. I incorporate them in this statement. They still stand as legitimate and cautionary. I still have doubts about the bill. I do not think it is a first step toward anything I have supported in the past. This is not the bill I wanted to support, even as I continue efforts until the last minute to modify the bill.

However after careful discussions with the President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Elizabeth my wife and close friends, I have decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation. If my vote is to be counted, let it now count for passage of the bill, hopefully in the direction of comprehensive health care reform. We must include coverage for those excluded from this bill. We must free the states. We must have control over private insurance companies and the cost their very existence imposes on American families. We must strive to provide a significant place for alternative and complementary medicine, religious health science practice, and the personal responsibility aspects of health care which include diet, nutrition, and exercise.

Translation? After a little trip on Airforce One with Zero and a session or two with Pelosi, Kucinich was made to understand that voting against Obamacare was going to cost him, while going along with the program had certain benefits. it was just the other day that Kucinich's pals over at Daily Kos threatened him with a primary challenge unless he got in line.

What's even worse, Kucinich is blatantly lying in his statement when he claims that Obama isn't advocating socialism or government run single payer healthcare. That, along with a government takeover of the private health companies is the objective, and Kucinich isn't that stupid that he doesn't understand that.

He's simply been bought/threatened into going along.

The irony is that it's probably for nothing. By most counts, Pelosi is about a dozen votes shy even with Kucinich whoring himself out, so the Slaughter option is becoming increasingly likely.

Obama and Pelosi want this shoved through, and they could care less about what the American people want or about urinating on the Constitution to do it.

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Freedom Fighter said...

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