U.S. Congressman ripped into President Obama on the Bill Press Show today for his aimless, unprincipled performance over Health Care.
Rep. John Conyers took a broad swipe at President Obama and his chief of staff on Thursday, accusing them of “bowing down” to “nutty right-wing” health care proposals in a principle-less effort to get legislation passed.
Appearing on the Bill Press Show, the longtime Michigan Democrat said he was tired of the just-get-something-done attitude of Rahm Emanuel. “I’m getting tired of saving Obama’s can in the White House,” said Conyers.
Asked if the president had shown enough leadership in the health care debate, Conyers facetiously wondered why Press would ask the question.
“Of course not, of course not,” he said. “You know, holding hands out and beer on Friday nights in the White House and bowing down to every nutty right-wing proposal about health care, and saying on occasion that public options aren’t all that important is doing a disservice to the Barack Obama that I first met who was an ardent single-payer enthusiast himself.”
“That is essentially what Rahm Emanuel has said: Just give us anything and we will declare victory,” said Conyers. “Not only is it not a victory, but when it doesn’t work, guess who will come at him: the same guys that were saying let’s go along with anything… This is all my buddy Rahm Emanuel trying to get anything. But look the bill doesn’t go into effect for three years. Many of the people that we are trying to help will be dead by then.”
Link: Conyers rips Obama
Everything John Conyers says here is all true, and far more Democrats need to speak up about this.
However, Conyers is himself no model of principled leadership here. As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, he just let Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, George Bush, Condi Rice totally off the hook for their numerous violations of the U.S. Constitution, their savage War Crimes against humanity, their public lies before Congress, their boundless Civil Liberties abuses, their crooked Election Fraud, their arrogant abuse of the separation of powers, and their general totalitarian style reign and rule over our Country (now left to us in ruins).
All of that was deemed too insignificant to require any investigative response by John Conyer’s Judiciary Committee, despite numerous and repeated protests outside his office, and in his home State of Michigan. To Conyers, the rule of law is too unimportant ( too “busy” for that).
To Obama, Health Care Reform is about deceptive gimmicks, and herding people into the waiting arms of the profiteering Insurance Monopolists to rip them off.