In a display of just how corrupt the federal government has become, Senator Mary Landrieu literally sold her vote to bring the health care reform to debate in the United States Senate for a newly added amendment that will bring $300 million to her state. So desperate is Senate Majority Leader Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to round up votes to keep this wretched bill alive for further debate, that he must basically bribe a fellow senator with millions of our tax dollars to keep the bill from going down in defeat.
IfIf there be any doubt about the quid pro quo, the language in the amendment promised federal aid for states hit by natural disaster in the past seven years and then added additional language which basically narrowed eligible state recipients down to Louisiana.
It should be noted that Senator Landrieu was one of a handful of senators who had enough problems with health care legislation that, until the pot was sweetened for her state coffers, was not favorably disposed to vote for further debate.
While acknowledging that this kind “horse-trading” undoubtedly goes on everyday in Washington D.C. without much visibility, it is especially disturbing to witness such a blatant trade of “funds for votes” on such a momentous piece of legislation. If this health care reform package is ultimately passed it will not only transform the degree of government involvement in our lives for generations to come, but will very likely bankrupt the entire country.
It’s a sad day for our republic when any senator’s vote on a particular piece of legislation comes with a price tag.