Less. Popular. Than. Nickelback.
Republicans for vote to give themselves the old golden healthcare system, while trying to remove yours. Republicans want their own preexisting conditions covered, but not yours.
WASHINGTON — Democrats are mocking Republicans in the House of Representatives for voting to repeal the health care reform law and keep their own enhanced medical care.
When Congress passed the health care law, it required members of Congress to get their insurance on exchanges with the rest of the public. But in voting to repeal that law, Republicans and a handful of Democrats were also voting to go back to the old system where the lawmakers get a sweeter deal than most of the rest of the country.
They also voted against a Democratic motion that said members of Congress who support repealing the health care law must also repeal the good stuff they get, such as lifetime care and insurance regardless of pre-existing conditions.
Democrats tried to demonstrate how Republicans distanced themselves from voting to protect their own deal by capturing a slew of GOP members on video saying they didn’t vote to protect their own care, as seen
below [at the link]. The clip features a number of Republicans in tight races this year, as well as GOP budget guru, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
“House Republicans refuse to admit they voted to give themselves taxpayer funded lifetime guaranteed health care instead of having the same health care as their constituents,” said Jesse Ferguson, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, referring to the fact that members of Congress are eligible for retirement benefits after just five years.
“House Republicans didn’t just vote to protect insurance company campaign donor profits this time, they’re even helping themselves to lifetime taxpayer-funded government health care and now they need to be honest with their constituents and admit it,” Ferguson said.
So… “Fuck you I’ve got mine”?
- Congress is the governmental body that writes/ratifies laws
- We need a law that prevents corporations and the hyper-rich from essentially buying congressional representatives through enormous campaign donations
- It is not in the best interest of congresspeople to make those laws, because they want money so they can continue to campaign to continue being congresspeople
- Vicious cycle, anyone?
I fucking hate this system.
JPMorgan is under investigation for possibly manipulating the US energy market - refusing to hand over energy manipulation emails to Feds
The supposedly best run bank in the financial industry is in the thick of yet another investigation once again. Besides suggestions that JPMorgan may also be involved in the Libor criminal manipulation that has taken down three top executives at Barclays, JPMorgan is under investigation in the US for possibly manipulating the US energy market.
How many more free rides and bogus settlements that involve agreement that nobody was guilty are we going to have to see before Washington gets serious about white collar crime? The right wing and much of Washington is always in favor of throwing people into jail unless they’re rich white people with high paying jobs. Until this changes we can’t expect to clean up the overflowing sewage dump called Wall Street.
More on the latest Wall Street investigation via Bloomberg:
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) (JPM)’s refusal to turn over e-mails in a federal probe of potential energy-market manipulation is the latest challenge for Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon as the bank faces multiple investigations.
The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission sued JPMorgan July 2 to release 25 e-mails in an investigation of possible manipulation of power markets in California and the Midwest by J.P. Morgan Ventures Energy Corp., according to court filings by the Washington-based agency. FERC opened the probe in August after complaints from California and Midwest grid operators that JPMorgan’s bidding practices were abusive, the documents show.
Go down towards the bottom of the article to read more about the allegations of extracting above market prices, which would then be passed on to consumers. The banks just keep hammering away at the 99% from every angle and they won’t stop until someone in the political class finds enough backbone to stop them. Will anyone step up?
You’d think Darrell Issa and company would be all over this, I mean, wasn’t not handing over documents a really big deal in the fast and furious case?
Oh wait I forgot! Congress wouldn’t dare bite the hand that feeds it.
An analysis by CNN shows a dramatic reductin in congressional output since the Tea Party-fueled Republican takeover of the House. From 2007-9, the Pelosi-Reid congress was able to pass 460 laws in 283 days in the House. From 2009-11, the Democratically led legislature passed 383 laws in 286 days in the House.
Under Speaker John Boehner and his acolyte Eric Cantor, progress has been halted. In 248 days of “work” in the House, a paltry 132 laws have been passed. No doubt, some of the slowdown is due to the Democratic-Republican divide between the House and Senate — but Republicans have repeatedly shown they are unwilling to work with the Democrats.
Americans United’s Legislative Department works with members of Congress and knows that there are lots of good men and women serving in that body. So what accounts for this?
Too many in Congress - especially among the leadership - don’t seem to share these concerns. Some of its members seem determined, in fact, to score cheap political points with meaningless resolutions that further the “culture war” but don’t help anyone in need.
Consider H. Res. 622, which was recently introduced by U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.). The measure, which has 33 co-sponsors, would put the House on record as expressing support for official prayers before school board meetings.
As a practical matter, resolutions like this have little meaning. Congress can pass a resolution stating that the Earth is flat, but that doesn’t make it so. But these legislative gestures are still annoying because increasingly they are vehicles to assail our fundamental freedoms and score political points.
We are paying them to do this shit. What a wonderful use of our tax dollars.