Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Obama on Change, Hope, and kicking points to U of C Hospital

Talk about old politics:
Senator Barack Obama on Thursday released a list of $740 million in earmarked spending requests that he had made over the last three years, and his campaign challenged Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to do the same

The list included $1 million for a hospital where Mr. Obama’s wife works....
A six figure salary for directing external affairs indeed. From McCain's Columbus speech on a McCain first term,
After exercising my veto several times in my first year in office, Congress has not sent me an appropriations bill containing earmarks for the last three years. A top to bottom review of every federal bureaucracy has yielded great reductions in government spending by identifying programs that serve no important purpose; and instigating far reaching reforms of procurement and operating policies that have for too long extravagantly wasted money for no better purpose than to increase federal payrolls.
Who's the real progressive here? The candidate who asks the opponent to show their earmark achievements, or the one saying he'll veto earmarks?

4 comments:

Dr Bermangolu said...

"Who's the real progressive here? The candidate who asks the opponent to show their earmark achievements, or the one saying he'll veto earmarks?"

Didn't you mean to say "Who's the real progressive here? The candidate who will knock out the lobbyists or the one who is in so many pockets that he's fired five of them from his campaign?"

Bill Baar said...

I don't have a big problem with Lobbyists. They guy hand-in-hand with Free Speech plus everything is out in the open. You know who the Lobbyists are and who they work for. Roeser has a good post on it today.

I have a problem with people with Federal Contracts --and that's what U of C has with Medicaid and Medicare-- employing politicians family members and then the politicans kicking bucks over to the contractors.

Dr Bermangolu said...

"I have a problem with people with Federal Contracts --and that's what U of C has with Medicaid and Medicare..."

Quite a stretch, even for you. Medicare and Medicaid are insurance plans. They are not like something a hospital has to bid for. So it follows that no relative of a politician should work for a doctor or hospital in the United States?

Bill Baar said...

It's no stretch. Medicare and Medicaid contract with providers and there is a whole body of law that's grown around it since the inception of the programs. Those agreements providers sign are "contracts" and if the providers don't get paid... they'll let you know that.

The family member can work for providers, but the Politican should recuse themselves from votes on matters that effect the provider's reimbursement.

Earmarking funds to a specific provider where the family member works is about as contrary to a recusal as the Pol can get.