Friday, February 26, 2010

Photo Friday

 Today's photo is more of a snapshot. A snapshot of our lawmakers, and why we don't have decent health care in the United States. All these guys and gals who were elected by voters, are beholding not to the actual voters, but to the folks who 'contributed' money to them. The United States is number 37 in the World Health Organizations rankings. Two above Cuba, and right behind Costa Rica. Yes I know my conservative friends, WHO must be a socialist, commie club. I started watching that healthcare 'summit' yesterday, and I don't hold out much hope that any real change will come from it. People from the United States love to hate France, but they are number one in healthcare, and they've got some damn good cheese.

The following snapshot is from Open Secrets and Crew.

Ranked from highest to lowest, the invitees to the health care summit received the following contributions to their campaign committees and leadership PACs since 2005:

• Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) received at least $2,557,930.
• Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) received at least $2,223,985.
• Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) received at least $1,982,904.
• Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) received at least $1,897,093.
• Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) received at least $1,842,311.
• Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) received at least $1,646,218.
• Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) received at least $1,645,025.
• Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) received at least $1,640,375.
• Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) received at least $1,638,722.
• Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) received at least $1,384,520.
• Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) received at least $1,262,787.
• Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) received at least $1,225,900.
• Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) received at least $1,149,165.
• Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) received at least $1,088,360.
• Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) received at least $1,055,600.
• Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) received at least $1,033,079.
• Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) received at least $817,961.
• Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) received at least $726,434.
• Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) received at least $706,051.
• Rep. George Miller (D-CA) received at least $222,784.
• Rep. John Kline (R-MN) received at least $197,250.


  1. It makes you sick.

  2. It better not make you sick, unless you are one of the fortunate that can afford decent health insurance.

  3. This health summit fiasco only confirmed to me that our government is broken.

    Maybe this is the time for revolution by voting out career politians and lawyers.

    Why are so many freakin lawyers being elected to government?

  4. Like ambulance chasers, they go where the easy money is.

  5. let us not forget, these schmucks don't even have to pay for their health care - for the rest of their lives. term limits and accountability - something that should have been established a long time ago.

  6. The funny thing is that the 'teabaggers' are right in many respects, and would have a much larger following if they could just refrain from the name calling and social agenda. Unfortunately their unmistakable racism, and one sided love of all things 'Rush Limbaugh' makes them almost irrelevant. If they had started screaming about government spending when GW Bush started his ill advised wars and bank bailouts I would have more respect for them. They could have the germ of a third party if they'd drop all the social prerequisites, and put the blame for the mess we're in where it belongs. On the Bush's, Reagan, and to a large part Clinton who signed off on many republican ideas.

  7. Max used all that money paying for his divorce. Rat bastard.

  8. I never understand why people claim the politicians work for us. If that was so, they'd be paying exhorbitant prices for their health insurance and have no pension plan just like us....and we could fire them a lot easier!

  9. Al, I see you have added another P to your blog. Besides writing on pets and poop, you have now added politics. I’d like to add to your rant:

    The funny thing is that Bamanites are left of left in many respects, and would have a much larger following if the could just refrain from the name-calling and social agenda. Unfortunately, the use of the race card is inevitable, and their one sided love of all views 'Jon Stuart Leibowitz" makes them irrelevant. If they had started screaming about government spending (this year $665,000,000,000 in the red) and stood up to al-Qaida’s war on the West, I would have more respect for them (applause please). The Bamanites could have a germ of the liberal-socialist-progressive party (third party of Change and Hope) if they didn't drop all things American, and they had shared in the blame for the mess we are in.

  10. Even More AnonymousMarch 7, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Oh come on Dave, I mean anonymous, you are just parroting the Glen Beck, Rush Limbo, teabaggers. This is bullshit that just because you might be a little left of center you are un-American. What horrible things has President Obama done. Bailed out the banks? That started with the republicans, and I was sad that Obama jumped on that band wagon. Wants health care for all US citizens and not just for the lucky ones? Have some empathy for those who are not as well off. Yes sometimes the better off have to help their brethren, I think that is basic tenet of the Catholic Church.

  11. This is not politics! This is about the health and well being of the people of the United States! It was just made into a political football by a bunch of pandering politicians.