Does Olympia Snowe really want to be the target of waves of anonymous attack ads in support of some conservative primary challenger? Wouldn’t a retiring George Voinovich prefer to leave some shards of our democracy off-limits to being sold to the highest bidder? Could John McCain remember why McCain-Feingold was once of his proudest legacies and acknowledge how profoundly the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision damaged everything he was trying to do to safeguard American democracy?
Tag: Olympia Snowe
Sep 19 2010
Originally posted on Citizen Orange.
Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) is starting to feel the heat of pro-migrant voters, specifically Latino voters. Tonight, Univision will air a debate in which current Florida governor and U.S. Senate nominee Charlie Crist will come out in support of the DREAM Act. The day before yesterday, Representive Kendrick Meek (D-FL), and also a nominee for U.S. Senate, hand delivered a letter to LeMieux. This part of Meek’s letter says it all:
Sep 17 2010
Originally posted at Citizen Orange.
If you haven’t been on facebook, twitter, or following the news, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced yesterday that he would be introducing the DREAM Act as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. Univision anchor Jorge Ramos tweeted last week that Reid wanted to move the DREAM Act before November. Now we know how Reid wants to move it. The DREAM Act could come up for a vote as early as Tuesday of next week.
Dec 26 2009
Uh-Oh! Did someone just let the cat out of bag?
Democrats See GOP Hypocrisy in Health Care Debate
Citing 2003 Medicare vote, Democrats see GOP hypocrites in debate over health care spending
Charles Babington, AP Writer
Dec 25, 2009
[…] when Republicans controlled the House, Senate and White House in 2003, they overcame Democratic opposition to add a deficit-financed prescription drug benefit to Medicare. The program will cost a half-trillion dollars over 10 years, or more by some estimates.
With no new taxes or spending offsets accompanying the Medicare drug program, the cost has been added to the federal debt.
Six years ago, “it was standard practice not to pay for things,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
Watch out Orrin, speaking the blunt truth, is NOT a GOP strong suit,
best to stick to the Lock-step GOP Talking points, you guys NO best!
Leave the blunt talking to those with real guts, those like Alan Grayson & Co.
Nov 12 2009
“Don’t Let the Perfect become the Enemy of the Good” — it’s common knowledge, right?
Important words of wisdom with Great Historical Significance, right?
OK, if you say so …
François-Marie Arouet, better known by his pen name Voltaire, was a French writer, deist and philosopher.
Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien.
* The better is the enemy of the good. — La Bégueule (1772)
The perfect is the enemy of the good.
The best is the enemy of the good.
Author and Philosopher, 1694 – 1778
Francois Marie Arouet (pen name Voltaire) was born on November 21, 1694 in Paris. Voltaire’s intelligence, wit and style made him one of France’s greatest writers and philosophers.
In 1726, Voltaire insulted the powerful young nobleman, “Chevalier De Rohan,” and was given two options: imprisonment or exile. He chose exile …
Woooo, some drama … could be a notable lesson here?
Sep 30 2009
Crossposted at Daily Kos
Beatings of a rhetorical sort, of course
Senator Olympia Snowe all but admitted that a Trigger on a Public Option is total bull yesterday. She basically proved that she is NOT bargaining in good faith, and that if there were any illusions that the trigger she supports is designed to never be pulled, they are totally gone now. How do we know this?
Because Sen. Snowe VOTED AGAINST a Public Option twice.
This proves (HELLO! ARE YOU FRAKKING LISTENING DEMOCRATIC POLITICIANS?) that Sen. Snowe WILL NOT vote for an actual Public Option, just the idea of one, or rather, the idea of the idea of one.
And why? What is Olympia Snowe, the Republican Party, the Insurance Lobbyists and at least 5 DINO Republocrat Senators afraid of?
This quote from yesterday’s Senate Finance Committee hearing sums it up best. . .
“What are we afraid of? That Americans might actually like it?”
~ Senator John Kerry (D-MA)
Yes. That is EXACTLY what they are afraid of.
More and a call to action below the fold.
Sep 16 2009
Poll Finds Most Doctors Support Public Option
by Joseph Shapiro, NPR — September 14, 2009
When polled, “nearly 3/4 of physicians supported some form of a public option, either alone or in combination with private insurance options,”
Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, conducted a random survey, by mail and by phone, of 2,130 doctors. They surveyed them from June right up to early September.
Most doctors – 63 percent – say they favor giving patients a choice that would include both public and private insurance.
another 10 percent of doctors say they favor a public option only; they’d like to see a single-payer health care system. Together, the two groups add up to 73 percent.
Hmmm? I wonder if Doctors, know anything about our Broken Insurance System?
Sep 14 2009
Crossposted at Daily Kos
Sen. Snowe, regarding a “trigger” for a Public Option
Snowe: “It’s(a trigger) not on the table, and it won’t be, we’ll be using a Co-Op as an option, as a means for injecting competition in the process.
They’re not even going to risk a trigger, the cowards.
I’m SUPER PISSED.
More below the fold, and a Call to ACTION.
Jul 01 2009
Have you met your Senate Finance Committee?
Give em a call because your Future Health Care, or lack thereof, is in their hands.
Senate Committee on Finance
CHUCK GRASSLEY, IA
ORRIN G. HATCH, UT
OLYMPIA J. SNOWE, ME
JON KYL, AZ
JIM BUNNING, KY
MIKE CRAPO, ID
PAT ROBERTS, KS
JOHN ENSIGN, NV
MIKE ENZI, WY
JOHN CORNYN, TX
MAX BAUCUS, MT
JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER IV, WV
KENT CONRAD, ND
JEFF BINGAMAN, NM
JOHN F. KERRY, MA
BLANCHE L. LINCOLN, AR
RON WYDEN, OR
CHARLES E. SCHUMER, NY
DEBBIE STABENOW, MI
MARIA CANTWELL, WA
BILL NELSON, FL
ROBERT MENENDEZ, NJ
THOMAS CARPER, DE
Chances are, these good Senators, while they hear us, have some other Constituents, always on their minds.