by Damozel | Can I hear you say, "Amen"? From Huff Post:
"We as a party have spent the last six months, the greatest minds in our party, dwelling on the question, the unbelievably consuming question of how to get Olympia Snowe to vote on health care reform," he said. "I want to remind us all that Olympia Snowe was not elected President last year. Olympia Snowe has no veto power in the Senate. Olympia Snowe represents a state with one half of one percent of America's population."
"What America wants is health care reform," he continued. "America doesn't care if it gets 51 votes in the Senate or 60 votes in the Senate or 83 votes in the Senate. In fact, America doesn't even care about that, it doesn't care about that at all."
Grayson and Maddow discusses the character of his comments; Maddow shows some footage of equally shocking Republicans. In other news, Maddow appears to be one of many who don't know that "holocaust" has a meaning predating World War II. For the nation's indifference to the thousands who have died because they couldn't afford a doctor, I'd call it le mot juste.
by Damozel | Schultz explains the distinction between discourse on the House floor and an outburst during a Joint Session of Congress. In case I haven't mentioned it lately, Anthony Weiner is my other favorite Democratic warrior. "Eric Cantor must think the bill fairy pays the hospital bills" for the uninsured. Weiner says of Grayson, "Usually we don't let freshman speak, but we gotta get this guy out there more."
by Damozel | This is how you do it. When civility gets you nothing but FAIL, this is how you counter the untrue jeering and the lies that just won't die.. This is what we send people to Congress for. From The Hill:
"America is sick of you, Republican Party; you're a lie factory, that's all you do," he told MSNBC on Thursday. "Why don't you work together with the Democrats to solve America's problems instead of making stuff up?"
then called the party a bunch of "no-mongers."...
who should be apologizing are the Republicans, they're the ones who
should apologize for dragging us all through the mud here while we're
just trying to improve healthcare in America," he said. "That's all
we're trying to do."
Thank you, Alan Grayson, for standing up to the bullies.
by Damozel | I'm just so damn relieved that somebody is finally saying it and that the someone in question is Florida's Alan Grayson. Watch Tweety call Grayson "a Martin Luther" and the GOP blowhards such as Limbaugh "clowns" and calls Glenn Beck "what's his name, Beck." Grayson says that bullies always back down.
This bill offers you an option that
you don’t have now, a public option. It promotes competition by
requiring insurance companies to compete against a public or non-profit
option, which the Government will not subsidize. In most areas, the
top one or two insurance companies provide up to 80% of the coverage,
so more competition is desperately needed. The public option will be
based on the existing Medicare network, for those Medicare providers
who want to participate. No one – no one – will be required to accept
the public option; that’s why it’s called an “option.”...
Here are some things that the bill won’t do: It won’t give coverage
to illegal aliens. It won’t ration health care. It won’t establish
“death panels” to deny anyone care. It won’t herd people into the
public option. It won’t cap doctors’ salaries. It won’t let the
Government audit every business in America, or seize your computer or
your bank records, or kill you. These are paranoid delusions, promoted
by fear-mongers. They simply aren’t true. (emphasis added) (More)
by Damozel | As DWT says, there's a reason Grayson fills many on the right with fear and fury: "The bill's provisions, which are expected to meet stiff opposition from
Republicans and Blue Dogs poll exceedingly well among average
Americans. Nearly 70% of Americans support the idea."
In this case, I guess all the wingnuts and Blue Dogs either already get paid vacations or are living on trust funds. .The Politico reports:
[O]n Thursday, the Florida Democrat will introduce the Paid Vacation Act — legislation that would be the first to make paid vacation time
by Damozel | Grayson questions the Federal Reserve Inspector General, Elizabeth Coleman, about those trillions of dollars and where they went. Um..... Watch the question not being answered, after the jump!
by Damozel | While we were busy with other things, BN Politics's favorite Congressman, Alan Grayson (D-Fl), was busy up in DC doing what he said he would. (Extraordinary that this should seem extraordinary.) Yesterday he voted with a bipartisan majority of 300 to 114 in favor of the bill. From yesterday's press release:
The [Mortgage Reform and AntiPredatory Lending Act of 2009] helps to stop the kinds
of predatory and irresponsible mortgage loan practices that played a
significant role in the current economic meltdown. It also prevents
borrowers from deliberately misstating their income to qualify for a
loan. These long-overdue and common-sense reforms perhaps could have
prevented the current crisis.
by Damozel | Can we hear an "Amen" and a round of cheers from our friends on the left? The bill was sponsored by Democrats Barney Frank (MA) and Carolyn Maloney (NY) and is supported by Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Action, Center for Responsible Lending and U.S. Pirg. (SeattlePi) Grayson says:
H.R. 627 is a comprehensive
credit card reform package aimed at leveling the playing field between
credit card companies and consumers. It will abolish industry abuses
that have been described by regulators as “unfair,” “deceptive,” and
Grayson said, “Banks have to make their profit by lending, not by
rip-offs and big fees. This bill protects the consumer from predatory
banking, just at the time when people need that protection the most.”
by Damozel | He said he'd keep his commitment to prevent misuse of taxpayer money and keep them he has. Here's the press posting, explaining how Grayson -- "in fulfillment of his commitment to taxpayers" -- joined House Republicans to support legislation introduced by Ron Paul.
Congressman Grayson said, “As
Congressman Paul pointed many times, the Federal Reserve should have
come clean with the American people a long time ago. The Fed is
disbursing trillions of dollars and the taxpayers have a right to know
who is getting it.”....
Congressman Grayson took the lead on
this issue earlier this year with pointed questioning of Fed Vice Chair
Donald Kohn. During the hearing of the Financial Services Committee,
Congressman Grayson uncovered the fact that Fed officials distributed
$1.2 trillion dollars since September 2008, without reporting to whom
they lent the money, the amount they lent, or under what terms.
Rep. Alan Grayson gives a floor statement supporting his first bill, the Pay for Performance Act, which caps executive pay for companies partially owned by the taxpayer (through the TARP program). Under this bill, taxpayer owned companies must pay their employees a salary that is not unreasonable or excessive, and bonuses must be performance-based. (Rep. Alan Grayson)