Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Now we are just negotiating price.

An old story tells us that once a man asked to have relations with a married woman. "Of course not!", was her shocked reply. His offer then included several million dollars thrown in, to which she readily agreed.

He then asked, "How about for $25." Indignant, she said, "What do you take me for?".

His answer: "We have already established that, now we are just negotiating price."

Some of our favorite Senators showed their colors again as the health care legislation chugs down the line.

Ben Nelson of Nebraska (D) (who promised he would support no bill that funded abortions) got a hold of the "Cornhusker Kickback", worth around $100 million in government funding. That's even better than not funding abortions.

Mary Landrieu (D) of Louisiana was able to secure $300 million in spending for her state. The "Louisiana Purchase". Score!

Carl Levin got his state (D-MI) off the hook from a $7 billion dollar tax, Chris Dodd (D-CT) got $100 million for the University of Connecticut and the list goes on.

Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) put it well when she said, "I know I'm not as important as Senator Nelson. I didn't get the money for my state. I was too stupid."

I think more States should have held out for more. California could have got tort reform for their state, Minnesota could have gotten free ellipticals for every household (it gets kind of cold to go out walking or running there in the winter), China (who has a large financial interest in our country) could have asked for some carbon credits in exchange for their support of health care legislation and Arizona, my state, should have promised support if we had a guarantee of more rain once this administration sorts out the weather.

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