Saturday, August 15, 2009

Grassley Was for "Death Panels" Before He Was Against Them.

Time Magazine's Amy Sullivan pointed out last night that, for all of his ardent demagoguery on the so-called "death panels," Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) voted for just such a provision in 2003. Remember the 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill, the one that passed with the votes of 204 GOP House members and 42 GOP Senators? Anyone want to guess what it provided funding for? Did you say counseling for end-of-life issues and care? Ding ding ding!! So either Republicans were for death panels in 2003 before turning against them now--or they're lying about end-of-life counseling in order to frighten the bejeezus out of their fellow citizens and defeat health reform by any means necessary. Which is it, Mr. Grassley ("Yea," 2003)?

Reps. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), who both claimed end-of-life consultations could result in "government encouraged euthanasia," also voted for similar policy in 2003. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) tried to call Grassley on Friday and tell him he was wrong about health care reform. He got the senator's voicemail.

TPJ: Could his opposition have anything to do with the flood of money coming into his 2010 campaign coffers from the health insurance lobby?

During the height of the debate over health care, Grassley pulled in $165,100 from health and insurance PACs. At the same time, Grassley’s language turned from the cautious but open words about reform in 2008 to the abrasive Twitter rants of 2009. The real torrent of funds comes in the waning days of June. Could this be because of these two fundraisers held for Sen. Grassley on June 22 and June 24? From June 22 to the end of the month Sen. Grassley raised a total of $44,700. During this time he was the beneficiary of two fundraisers, one held by the lobbyist for an alternative health organization that has lampooned reform efforts, whose invites can be found at Sunlight’s Party Time web site.

The majority of the contributions coming in during this high water mark for Sen. Grassley’s PAC fundraising came from health professional organizations, all of whom paid equal to or above the amount required for PACs to gain entrance to the fundraising parties on June 22 and June 24. The amount raised over the final eight days in June accounts for over one-quarter of the health and insurance PAC money raised by Sen. Grassley in the second quarter. The other three quarters came over the course of 83 days. Knowing this, it appears that the two fundraisers had the desired effect.

TPJ: Truth and rationality are pretty much worthless to this crowd. How do we expect these Republican's and conservative Democrats who are holding up health care reform, who also ironically take money from the health insurance companies to respond to truth, rationality, reason and compassion? If they are crooked enough to take that kind of money and openly, hypocritically lie about these "death panels" and hold-up real health care reform for Americans who either don't have it or are under-insured then nothing is going to appeal to their better side because they obviously don't have one.

These politicians and the swill of America who agree with their tactics are sociopaths who are defined in part by deceitfulness, which is indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure. Obviously Grassley is lying and conning others for his personal gain of extending his power with the help of this blood money from the lobbyists. Coupled with that symptom is showing a lack of regret in his or her actions. Clearly Grassley feels no shame, remorse or regret for his misleading actions about this false "death panel" rumor. Otherwise he'd have apologized and admitted his deceit and hypocrisy once having been caught. The same goes for these people in town halls who repeat that kind of shameful rumor with some twisted logic that the ends justify the means. And finally, how are we supposed to work for health care reform when a large number of people in one party can't even agree that our president is a citizen of the country?!!!! Greed and selfishness have become a virtue in America and that makes my stomach churn.

Other sides of sociopathy, which I see in many of these politicians and some of these town hall screamers:

-Manipulative and Conning: They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.-Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

Shallow emotions: Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. (TPJ: Such as the inhumanity of people going without health care or adequate health care. They try and justify it by telling themselves that people who don't have health insurance or not enough are just "lazy." Despite many working 2-3 jobs but still can't afford it). -Callousness/Lack of Empathy: Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them. Irresponsibility/Unreliability: Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

Seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired. Extreme narcissism and grandiosity. TPJ: No wonder we can't get health care reform passed. On one side you have compassionate, giving, rational people and on the other sociopaths and the less informed who follow the sociopaths around as sycophants. However, as the symptoms state--In the end even the accomplices get screwed over.

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2 comments:

TRUTH 101 said...

Have you ever noticed how these hypocritical assholes live for photo ops of themselves with family in tow coming out of church HBW? These assholes will use anything as a weapon in their propaganda battle against working Americans.

Handsome B. Wonderful said...

Truth 101:

Yeah I have noticed it. That and posing with the most frail, elderly lady they can find.