Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Jim Talent - Ineffective in the Senate

One of Jim Talent's big selling points is that, if elected, he will work to create a health care plan that "would help lower health insurance costs and reduce the number of uninsured Missourians. His plan would allow small business people to join together nationally to sponsor affordable health insurance plans for themselves and their workers."

My question is, if this is such a good idea, and Talent is working hard for his constituents, why in the hell is he bringing it up now? He's been in a Republican-controlled Senate, with a Republican-controlled House, under a Bush White House. NOW he's finally getting around to coming up with ideas to help Missourians?!?

Talent has been part of the rubber-stamp republican majority that only does what Bush tells them to do. It's too late to start acting like you have your own ideas, Senator Talent. Where were you when we needed you?

Claire McCaskill will begin working for us, instead of backroom Republican bosses, on the day she starts. If Talent had done that, maybe he wouldn't be dreaming up pie in the sky now. He's had his chance to be a Senator, and he failed.


Blogger emawkc said...

You definitely have a legitimate gripe here, Dan. In fact, this is probably the best argument for voting any incumbent out of office.

"Throw the bums out!"

11/01/2006 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Claire have to pay her taxes if she gets elected? I always feel better knowing they have to pay the same taxes when they raise mine.

On the other hand, maybe Claire could give us some tips on sheltering assets in Bermuda. Then only the unwashed masses will carry the load. Ooops! that sounds like what you would say about the Republicans.

11/02/2006 12:44 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Anonymous - Ms. McCaskill's taxes are all paid, and the Bermuda stuff are weak allegations that relate to her husband's business. Pretty impressive that the Republican smear campaigners couldn't come up with anything more interesting than that.

11/02/2006 1:39 PM  
Blogger Ambitious Fledgling said...

I think "anonymous" stole that off of an ad I just saw this morning.. Almost word for word.. I might go looking for it and post a link later.. that is too funny.

11/02/2006 2:00 PM  
Blogger les said...

Be glad Talent didn't get his health care crapola passed. He wants to allow small business to group together to negotiate for insurance...ok, so far, you'd think. And also, by the way, eliminate the right of states to regulate insurance providers. The biggest backers of Talent's bill (or the bill he brags of supporting--I don't suppose he could actually generate legislation) were--are you ready for the surprise?--insurance company lobbyists. Please, Missourians, send the gomer home.

11/02/2006 2:10 PM  
Blogger les said...

By the way, anon--since I'm sure you don't have a clue--most of the "tax shelters" that McCaskill's husband is "involved in" are affordable housing developments, eligible for a tax credit created by Ronnie Reagan's 1986 tax code changes. One of the few Republican tax initiatives that actually does something good without screwing anyone else, imho.

11/02/2006 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan and Ambitious -

You really got me there. The Democrats nailed Talent to the wall with their ads. They have established that the Conservative Republican Senator frequently voted for things our Conservative Republican President supported. Shocking. Who'd have guessed it? I'll bet Mr. Talent really dropped a load when he got caught on that one!

Oh, yeah. Did you say her taxes are now paid or did you say that she paid her taxes on time? . . . . . . I thought so.

11/02/2006 10:54 PM  

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