Just when you thought he had blended into the background, Holy Joe starts to screw up the works again…
It looks like Obama’s big nemesis to supporting the nuclear reduction resolution with the Russians is not going to be the Republicans… it will be Joe Lieberman.
Anytime we are working on something with our old Cold War enemy, Russia, cooperatively, it’s a good sign. Anything we can do to reduce the number of nuclear warheads in the world is a positive development. But in my opinion as we reduce the number of nuclear warheads… we have to make darn sure that are nuclear warheads are capable and modern and a lot of them are decades old. So I feel very strongly that I am going to be real hesitant to vote for this treaty unless we have a commitment from the Administration that they are prepared to modernize our nuclear stockpile.
If you caught the end of that you will see that Joe is aiming us at developing more, newer nuclear weapons… a self-defeating solution to reducing weapons. Perhaps we can revive the Cold War, too.
So who will be the biggest dick this week?
I love Blue Gal’s creations!
Traitor Joe as a Sock Puppet? Nahhh… they have too much intelligence to be Lieberman. Don’t they?
Who said this in 2006?:
“I’ve been working on health insurance reform for more than a dozen years” I have offered a comprehensive program. Small business health insurance reform, plus something I call MediKids to cover all the children in America on a sliding fee basis up until the age of 25. MediChoice to allow anybody in our country to buy into a national insurance pool like the health insurance pool that we federal employees and Members of Congress have. Medical malpractice reform.”
Do you know?
Surprise! It was Joe Lieberman, who has just screwed America out of just those reform features by holding up the 60th vote on the reform bill until these things were eliminated.
The word on the street is this is how Holy Joe gets even with Democrats for not supporting his Senatorial candidacy in 2006. Gee… I thought he did that already when he supported John McCain for President in 2008.
From the Wonk Room at Think Progress:
More of the article HERE.
Go to the whole article on Talking Points Memo and see what Collins had to say…
… and they are both Independents who meet in the Democratic Caucus.
“The overwhelming majority of Americans want to be able to choose between a strong public option and a private insurance plan. Without that competition, there is very little in this bill that would keep health insurance premiums from escalating rapidly. This legislation cannot simply be a huge subsidy to private insurance companies that will get millions of new customers and be able to raise their rates as high as they want.”
-Bernie Sanders (I – VT)
“My only resort, and every other senator — and there will be others who feel exactly the way I do about the public option, if the public option is still in there — the only resort we have is to say no at the end to reporting the bill off the floor.”
– Joe Lieberman (I – CT)
So how do we get this aligned (or how do we get the 60th vote from someone other than Lieberman?)
Do you believe it? Naah, me either.
Of course, I hope I’m wrong.
“Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Cigna) announced today he would filibuster the health care bill because it contains a public option compromise.
Why does he want to do this? I don’t know (*cough* — Aetna — *cough* *cough*) exactly. But we do know his stated reasons are lies.”
– Bill Scher in a HuffPo piece.
So Joe is THAT obvious? I guess he is.
What acts like a Republican but Caucuses with the Democrats and is ready to screw the Majority of Americans?
Let’s start with this from HuffPo:
Now, not only do 70% of Americans want the Public Option, but the majority of Lieberman’s Connecticut citizens want it. Ned Lamont, who beat Lieberman in the 2006 Democratic primary only to lose to the senator in the general election (after Lieberman defected from the party), accused his one-time opponent of posturing for attention in making his filibuster threat:
“I think he wanted to rush to war now he wants to dither on health care.You don’t have to posture. You just have to sit down and talk to your fellow Democrats and move this thing along.”
You can go HERE to listen to Lieberman say that he’s going to do whatever he thinks is right no matter what the Caucus decides… in other words he’s being supported by the Connecticut insurance companies and he might as well BE a Republican.
This isn’t the first time that Lieberman has screwed his Caucus… HuffPo lists 15 incidents where Joe has doublecrossed his buddies, going back to helping to kill Clinton’s Health Care reform, supporting McCain for President, and waffling on Social Security when McCain wanted to privatize it. Maybe Reid will look at the situation now and take away Lieberman’s Committee chairmanship and hustle Olympia Snowe to change parties.
As it stands, Reid has to be looking at the poll of Nevadans that that favor the Public Option (from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee):
QUESTION: Would you favor or oppose the government offering everyone a government administered health insurance plan — something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get — that would compete with private health insurance plans?
Say a candidate receives $101,400.00 from Health Insurance companies. Say he receives $196,540.00 from Drug companies. Say a candidate’s wife is on a Drug company payroll and he represents the state that supports Insurance Companies like Aetna, CIGNA, The Hartford, and more.
“If we create a public option,” says Lieberman, “the public is going to end up paying for it.”
Well, yeah… We’re paying the Health Insurance companies and Pharmaceutical companies NOW, aren’t we?
“My fear is…[health care providers] would end up getting levels of reimbursement from the public plan…comparable to what they get today from Medicaid,” says Lieberman, who receives the Federal Government program which comes out of Medicaid… doesn’t it?
“I stand with the small minority of Americans who oppose Public Option,” says Lieberman.
A small minority, Joe. That means that most of us… that means most of YOUR constituents wants it. Perhaps you could decide once and for all that you are not really a Senator, do not really represent anyone but yourself, and are such a small-time crud that your very presence on the Senate floor requires a cleanup.