Nemo me impune lacessit

No one provokes me with impunity


No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Friday, December 04, 2009

Health Care Overhaul

Here's the only way I'll support the government seizure of health care in this country:
Senators who support a government-run health plan, the so-called "public option," as part of legislation overhauling the health care system apparently are putting their money where their mouths are.

Three Senate Democrats on Friday embraced an amendment by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a fierce opponent of a public option, to force all lawmakers to enroll in any government-controlled plan that is passed.

"Sen. Coburn is to be commended for his commitment to the public option," Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., said, with more than a drip of sarcasm. Dodd, along with Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, joined Republican Sens. David Vitter of Louisiana, Richard Burr of North Carolina and Orrin Hatch of Utah in publicly supporting the amendment.

"Seventeen years ago, when I first ran for Congress, I promised I'd pay my own health insurance until Congress passed health insurance for everyone," Brown said. "I've paid it out of my pocket since then. I look forward with great eagerness to join the public option as soon as it's available."

The amendment is one of many that senators are debating as Democratic leaders try to shape a bill that their caucus can coalesce around and overcome Republican opposition.

Coburn's amendment is intended to give pause to lawmakers who say a public option is essential to overhauling the U.S. health care system. By raising the prospect of forcing lawmakers to join any public plan that is passed, Coburn is betting that supporters won't be as sure-footed.

But it comes as no surprise that Dodd, Mikulski and Brown offered their support. The three Democrats helped pass the amendment out of the Senate health committee in August when it was first introduced. Other Democrats, however, weren't as supportive, saying the amendment was flawed because it suggested the public option would be the only plan available.

Sen. Judd Gregg was the only Republican on the Senate Health committee to vote against the Coburn amendment, saying he wouldn't put anyone -- not his constituents or his fellow senators -- in a public plan.
What is genuinely shocking to me is that one of my Maryland Senators, Barb Mikulski is a supporter of this...Way to go Barb!


Donald Borsch Jr. said...

Now this seems fitting. I am suitably impressed with Coburn.

Dodd, of course, is a douchebag. Always has been, always will be. Now that Teddy is dead, he has no one to terrorize waitresses with.

Rich V. said...

What really shocks the shit out of me is Mikulski! She's a straight party line Dem...she NEVER EVER opposes the party line...

you're right about Dodd, he's afraid of next fall...what he needs to do is retire and save his retirement package...he can't retire if he loses an election...but I hope that your home state will have some sense and vote his sorry ass out.