Monday, August 17, 2009

Kent Conrad on FOX News

Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) spoke on FOX News. In his best Cheney impersonation, Conrad stated:

"The fact of the matter is there are not the votes in the United States Senate for a public option. There never have been."

So President Barack Obama and the White House punked us? Where's the hidden camera? Everybody give out a big chuckle at our foolishness.

Looking back, the laugh is on us. Who could believe a filibuster-proof Democratic majority would ensure the government provide a quality service to people long disdained by the private sector? Not "Fox in the Henhouse" Kent Conrad or his many partners in corporate benefacting. Recall how quickly the White House coopted the "nonprofit plan" language and how vociferously Rahm Emanuel defended Blue Corporacrats from accountability.

Corporafornication is truly bipartisan and it took very little time:

June 11-Kent Conrad introduces co-op idea after meeting with UnitedHealth President Steve Hemsley

June 24-White House shifts language to accomodate a "nonprofit" public plan

August 7-White House warns groups not to run ads against Democratic Senators opposing a government run public plan

August 16-Kent Conrad delivers blistering discount of government run option's prospects in Senate. White House caves.

The wheels of Corporatocracy move rather quickly.

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