Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pants-On-Fire Club V. 1.0

Republicans are "constitutional" "fiscal conservatives" who are against any "budget-breaking" health-care "take-over," while the Democrats are "for" the suppressed and dis-advantaged, right?
'The majority party was pushing the largest entitlement expansion since the Great Society. The minority attempted byzantine legislative maneuvers to obstruct the vote. The majority never relented, even taking unprecedented action to ram the bill through Congress." (hat tip David Paul Kuhn, HERE)
You might be surprised who voted for, and against, one such Measure just seven years ago.

The Measure: H.R. 1  (Prescription Drug and Medicare Improvement Act of 2003 )
Measure Title: An act to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a voluntary prescription drug benefit under the medicare program and to strengthen and improve the medicare program, and for other purposes.

Republican Yea's (current Senate members depicted in bold)

Alexander (R-TN) 
Allard (R-CO)
Allen (R-VA)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burns (R-MT)
Campbell (R-CO)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeWine (R-OH)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Enzi (R-WY)
Fitzgerald (R-IL)
Frist (R-TN)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lugar (R-IN)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Roberts (R-KS)
Santorum (R-PA)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R*-PA) *now a D
Stevens (R-AK)
Talent (R-MO)
Thomas (R-WY)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)

Republican Nea's

Chafee (R-RI)
Ensign (R-NV)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH) 
Hagel (R-NE)
Lott (R-MS)
McCain (R-AZ)
Sununu (R-NH)

See entire vote summary HERE.

It should be noted that the Democrats voted 35:11 against this measure (I thought they were for increased health-care coverage?).


Mike said...

It is just like anything else - If the democrats (either side for that matter) actually passed something pushing along their agenda they wouldn't have a platform to run on for the next election. It is amazing how many times item were "so close" to being passed, just enough to get their constituents "excited" and thinking that their party is a party of fulfilled promises and "checks in the mail" only to not go through. I am convinced that the primary goal of each politician is his/her career and the next election, and if they can get something passed for the people they represent then that is an added bonus.

jet said...

Thanks for dropping by Mike. I appreciate it when others give me their perspective. Our country has strayed far from it's original principles. Most (though not all) politicians continue abuse the system for their own gain. I am simply trying to expose hypocrisy. The most important thing is to keep praying for righteous leaders.

"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan." Proverbs 29:2