A story our website failed to cover extensively was the backroom deals that took place in the Senate to get Obamacare passed. One of the big recipients was Ben Nelson a formerly popular Governor from Nebraska. In return for his vote his state received ‘the cornhusker kickback’, which among other things gave the state a permanent exemption from the state share of Medicaid expansion for Nebraska, meaning federal taxpayers have to kick in an additional $45 million in the first decade. Maybe America is beginning to wake up, the very constituents that benefited from this deal booed and heckled Nelson out of a Pizza Hut. Now he trails by 31 points in a hypothetical match-up with Nebraska’s current governor for the 2012 elections. I commend the citizens of Nebraska for holding their representatives accountable.
While the heat was on Nelson and negotiations were being made, Nelson ran this video to help persuade his fellow constituents.
We found out this week, that it’s not a Ben Nelson campaign ad. You probably can’t make out the disclaimer, but the ad was paid for by the Nebraska Democratic Party. So, not only did Nelson get bought off with Medicaid funding from the federal treasury, it now appears he got TV ads from the NDP. The DNC and Organizing for America have been asking supporters of “real” health care reform for funds and to the tune of about 500,000 dollars that support went to Nelson. The same Nelson that helped kill the public option, medicare buy-in, and insisted on harsh anti abortion language. Funny, that at this very time in Martha Coakley was running some horrendous ads in Massachusetts. Think this money could have been better spent?
Over the weekend the NY times ran a few pieces about the felony charges placed on James O Keefe. If you’re not familiar with him, he is the guy who dressed up as a pimp and went into several ACORN offices looking for advice on all kinds of illegal activity. He posted these entertaining but very serious videos all over the internet. Remember ACORN, the organization having problems with voter fraud and tax evasion while consuming millions of our tax dollars? When this happened, the NY times and the rest of the mass media completely ignored that story, of course now that O’ Keefe is being charged with phone tampering he gets a front page story.
Tim Tebow and his cause
I completely despise Tim Tebow and everything he has done on the football field. What bothers me the most is the way he is heralded as a hero for his off the field actions dealing particularly with faith. I don’t mind that he is fawned over as a hero or role model, what I do care about is that no other college athlete gets any recognition for their off the field contributions. Anyway, the reason I am talking about this is because Tebow and his mother will be running a pro life ad of some sort during the Superbowl. Good for them, I say. The Raging Grannies of South Florida think differently though.