By Lori Price
Citizens for Legitimate Government
How did Bush force his pharma-terrorist giveaway aka Medicare Modernization Act through Congress in 2003?
Drug Industry and HMOs Deployed an Army of Nearly 1,000 Lobbyists to Push Medicare Bill, Report Finds —Study Shows Special Interests Spent $141 Million in 2003, Hired 431 Lobbyists With “Revolving Door” Connections to Congress and the White House 23 Jun 2004 In the final push for Medicare prescription drug legislation, the pharmaceutical industry, HMOs and related interests spent more money and hired more lobbyists in 2003 than ever before, according to areport issued today by Public Citizen.
The bill came to a vote at 3 a.m. on November 22. After 45 minutes, the bill was losing, 219-215. Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader Tom DeLay sought to convince some of dissenting Republicans to switch their votes, as they had in June… In a highly unusual move, the House leadership held the vote open for hours as they sought two more votes. Then-Representative Nick Smith (R-MI) claimed he was offered campaign funds for his son, who was running to replace him, in return for a change in his vote from “nay” to “yea.”
I can just see the Fox heads exploding — and more AR-15s waving — if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pulled such a stunt! In 2003, the mainstream media — owned by the same corporations who financially benefit from corporate profits — did not demand that the White House ‘work with the Democrats’ on the ‘Patriot’ Act, Medicare, Iraq or any other Bush-Cheney disaster forced upon the United States.
True, the day after his Inauguration, President Obama signed legislation to close the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, by January 2010. He has also pushed for some popular programs, such as ‘Cash for Clunkers.’ Although his rhetoric is with the left, his actions are serving the rightwing. Obama is allowing his detractors to call the shots. The Obama Administration’s acts of appeasement merely serve to embolden the gun-toting critics and snarly Congresscritters who would do anything to destroy the Obama presidency.
Herewith is the running list of Barack Obama’s supplications and fabrications. After having endured eight months of an Obama presidency, a case can be made that Barack Obama was ‘allowed’ to win the election so that he would provide the relief valve for the rising anger over predatory capitalism in the U.S.
Thus far, Obama has out-Bushed Bush.