Bribes

Posted: 03/21/2010 by tpgow in 2011

American Daughter
By Nancy Matthis

Congress has used the “Commerce Clause” in the Constitution as an excuse to regulate every aspect of American life:

US Constitution (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3)

The Congress shall have Power … To regulate Commerce … among the several States….

What the founding fathers intended, based on the definition of words at that time, was “to make regular” or, in other words, to make it the same for every state. Intent upon merging separate colonies into one functioning federation, they wanted to ensure that one group of states could not gang up on another, and charge it more for interstate commerce, for example. They wanted to ensure a level playing field across all the states. That was all they intended.

Not content with completely exceeding the spirit of the “commerce clause,” Congress is now egregiously and deliberately violating it, creating special favors for some states to buy votes for the health care legislation:

  1. The Louisiana Purchase: A state in which every single county qualifies as a disaster area will receive extra Medicaid funding. Louisiana is the only state that qualifies, courtesy of hurricane Katrina. This $300 million bribe purchased the support of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) for the Senate version of the bill.
  2. Cornhusker Kickback: Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) won a provision that the full amount of Nebraska’s increased Medicaid costs would be paid for by the federal government. Essentially, he felt that the other 49 states (yes, Barack, there are only 50 states) should pick up the tab for Nebraska. That certainly violates the intent of the “commerce clause.”
  3. Gator Aid, Florida Flim Flam, Sunshine State Sweepstakes (this one picked up three names): Medicare Advantage participants in five states would be exempted from the general Medicare cuts — Florida, New York, California, Oregon, New Jersey. The estimated cost of this plum is $7.5 billion according to the office of Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Florida is the largest beneficiary, with the bulk of the affected senior population.
  4. Vermont Green: The Senate bill provides $600 million in extra Medicaid funds to Vermont, ensuring support from Independent Bernard Sanders (I-VT).
  5. Massachusetts Moolah: The Senate bill provides $500 million extra for Massachusetts Medicaid, a political move designed to put pressure on newly elected Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA).
  6. The Dodd Deal: In oh-so-innocent and unspecific wording, the Senate bill allows $100 million for “debt service of, or direct construction of, a health care facility,” at a public university. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) bragged that he was securing the money for the University of Connecticut:

    “These provisions will bring millions of dollars to the state so that Connecticut’s residents can receive quality, affordable health care.”

  7. Montana Earmark: Max Baucus (D-MT) secured a provision that expands Medicare coverage for people who live “in or around the geographic area subject to an emergency declaration made as of June 17, 2009.” That’s just one place, which the New York Times identifies:

    The intended beneficiaries are identified in a cryptic, mysterious way: individuals exposed to environmental health hazards recognized as a public health emergency in a declaration issued by the federal government on June 17.

    And who might those individuals be? It turns out they are people exposed to asbestos from a vermiculite mine in Libby, Mont.

    For a decade, Senator Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana, has been trying to get the government to help them. He is in a position to deliver now because he is chairman of the Finance Committee and a principal author of the health care bill.

  8. Bismarck Bank Job: This deal bought the vote of Rep. Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota, the state’s only House Democrat. Legislation to restructure the student loan program was included in the health care bill. It cuts all the banks that have been making student loans out of the program, except for one bank in North Dakota!

There are a lot more of these, but this is enough to give you the realization that the Democrats care nothing for our Constitution, as if you didn’t already know that.


As of yesterday, some media outlets were claiming that the Cornhusker Kickback and Gator Aid were being eliminated:

Under the changes announced Thursday, the Nebraska provision would be deleted and all states would get additional Medicaid help from Washington. Also eliminated from the Senate measure was a provision allowing about 800,000 elderly Floridians to keep enhanced Medicare benefits that are being cut for residents of other states.

What is not clear in the media coverage is whether those are verbal agreements to provide a “fix” after the bill is “deemed” to have been passed, agreements which might not necessarily be honored after the bill

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Comments
  1. Longknife 21 says:

    And these are the people that promised an honest and transparent government!!! No wonder they love Castro and Chavez, they prefer those methods. They will turn us into a third-world banana-republic, only without any bananas, if we don’t stop them.
    Obama doesn’t like ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’, maybe he’ll change our national anthem to “Yes! We have no Bananas”!
    Might as well, he has tried to change everything else!

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