December 9, 2009

Most of us have heard the phrase, “Talking out of both sides of your mouth.”

Politicians are infamous for the tactic – on all sides of the political spectrum. There’s always a majority party and a minority party, each browbeating the other and themselves in the ongoing struggle to remain relevant in an environment toxic with blather. Add punditry and you have so much noise, even I, who enjoys a good political debate, am flipping channels. A little fiction goes a long way towards escape from the all-too-boring, never-ending, non-substantive discussions that regurgitate and re-digest the same nine-second sound bites for days.

At least there’s an end to a “Law and Order” episode.

I continue to be amused by the lack of knowledge many politicians display about the “Information Age.” They still don’t understand there’s always someone watching, listening and now, recording. They continue to reveal their more-than-obvious biases, and then deny the very words that belie them.

Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Senate’s Minority Leader, is one of these politicians.

Senator; Contradicting yourself from week to week or month to month is something we’ve come to expect. We know you don’t have any real solutions. We know the status quo is fine by you. You have the best of everything life has to offer. But why would you take a stand against the majority party on an issue, only to completely reverse your position  the very next day?

And then post all of it on your website.

The Senate voted 100-0 to protect Medicare benefits on December 3, thus putting to rest any fears that people might have about their care. In an article from the Associated Press, Ricardo Alonso Zaldivar writes, “…amendment by Sen. Michael Bennet, (D-CO) …that no benefits in … Medicare will be cut by the (healthcare) legislation, was approved 100-0.”

On Sunday, December 6, 2009, this was on the front page of Mitch McConnell’s website.

So after a unanimous vote to protect Medicare benefits, McConnell, on his website, continued making the false, fear-based claim that if the Democrats have their way, Medicare reimbursements would be reduced, thus reducing care for millions of elderly Americans. The truth is Medicare Advantage (not Medicare) – which is privately run healthcare insurance and has nothing to do with Medicare or Medicaid but gets subsidized with our tax dollars – would no longer get those subsidies. This is a ten year savings of well over $100  billion, that is now being realized as profits by these insurance companies.

In a rare Sunday session on that same December 6th, there was a discussion of expanding Medicare to those 55 and older. The plan would not only reduce the number of uninsured, but would also strengthen Medicare for those already in the system, thereby assuring Medicare reimbursements would not only remain stable, but could actually increase in some areas, further helping the very same people McConnell was “so worried” about. Here’s his website page on December 7th.

It’s time to retire, Senator.




  1. The position of not wanting to cut medicare, yet not wanting to expand it are not contradictory at all.

    • Thanks for responding, Adam.

      What Sen. McConnell doesn’t understand, or does and is just opposing anything Democrats support – is the cuts would NOT be in Medicare.

      They would be in the privately run (but government subsidized) Medicare Advantage, which was concocted by private insurers during the Bush years to slowly move Medicare to the private sector, much like they wanted to do with investment firms and Social Security.

      Medicare Advantage plans have NOTHING to do with Medicare. Eliminating the subsidies to these plans is simply removing the big give-away to the private insurers I list in the post.

      McConnell doesn’t give a s–t about Medicare or Medicare recipients. His concern is for the private insurers that help fund his re-elections.

      So if what he wrote is not a contradiction, then it’s a lie.

      That’s why I said, “It’s time to retire, Senator.”


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