PoliticalPen

September 13, 2009

Jason Lewis at Denver 912 Protest, 9/12/09

Filed under: Obama — tommoriarty @ 9:47 pm
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Here is the entire Jason Lewis speech on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol at the 912 protest yesterday.   He displays thoughtful political insight mixed with a sometimes juvenile humor.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

August 25, 2009

Billy Tauzin’s deal with Obama

Filed under: health care,hypocrisy,Obama,Uncategorized — tommoriarty @ 2:43 pm
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Do you remember when candidate Barack Obama was going to save us from the evil drug companies and their lobbyists?  Maybe this campaign ad, titled “Billy,” will help spur your memory:

Here are the exact words from the ad:

Barack Obama: The pharmaceutical industry wrote into the prescription drug plan that Medicare could not negotiate with drug companies. And you know what the chairman of the committee, who pushed the law through went to work for the pharmaceutical industry making 2 million dollars a year.

 Imagine that.

 That’s an example of the same old game playing in Washington. You know I don’t want to learn how to play the game better, I want to put an end to the game playing.

The reason this campaign ad was titled “Billy” is because the “chairman of the committee, who pushed the law through” is named Billy Tauzin.  Tauzin is now the chief executive officer of the  Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, known as PHaRMA.  Back when Obama was still a candidate the National Journal noted

NBC News/National Journal reporter Aswini Anburajan reports that the spot comes directly from Obama’s stump speech and that Tauzin’s story is Obama’s favorite example of how lobbyists interfere with policymaking in Washington.

Really?  I guess that explains why Obama just made an $80 billion dollar deal with the very same lobbyist,  Billy Tauzin, promising to block Medicare from negotiating with drug companies, doing the exact same thing he was critical of in his campaign ad.  Will the Obama zombies twist themselves into pretzels trying to justify this?  Or will they be victims of the main stream media and simply never know it happened?

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