Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ain't That America

According to MPR, MN Rep. Jim Ramstad decided today to switch his "no" vote to a "yes" vote on the famed $700B bailout bill because the new version includes mental health insurance parity.

Was this the plan to get enough votes for the bailout? Take each of the needed 28 votes, find a pet project for each of those representatives, and add it into the bailout bill?

Now I don't know the exact definition of an earmark (never really been one fer the fancy language they like to use out there in DeeCee), but this smells kinda fishy to me.

The MPR story also mentions, at the very bottom, a couple other more relevant provisions that Ramstad also supports. But if those were enough for Ramstad then why include the completely unrelated mental health insurance parity provision as well?

And where were Maverick John McCain and Hopeful Changer Barack Obama when this bill was being crafted? I'm sure each of them vehemently opposed such actions as it represents that greed of the old entrenched Washington ways that both claim to be so opposed to.

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