I’ve never hidden the fact that I don’t think highly of Rep. Jim McDermott, especially after his trip to Baghdad right before the war started. Let’s recall that Rep. McDermott said that he’d trust Saddam Hussein more than he’d trust President Bush:
The controversy ignited on September 29 when Bonior and McDermott appeared from Baghdad on ABC’s “This Week.” Host George Stephanopoulos asked McDermott about his recent comment that “the president of the United States will lie to the American people in order to get us into this war.”
McDermott didn’t backpedal at all: “I believe that sometimes they give out misinformation…It would not surprise me if they came out with some information that is not provable, and they, they shift it. First they said it was al Qaeda, then they said it was weapons of mass destruction. Now they’re going back to and saying it’s al Qaeda again.” When Stephanopoulos pressed McDermott about whether he had any evidence that Bush had lied, the congressman replied, “I think the president would mislead the American people.”
An American official floating unsubstantiated allegations against an American president during a visit to Baghdad would be troubling enough. But McDermott compounded his problem by insisting, despite its twelve years of verifiable prevarication, that the Iraqi regime should be given the benefit of the doubt on inspections and disarmament. Said McDermott on “This Week”: “I think you have to take the Iraqis on their face value.”
In Rep. McDermott’s mind, Saddam deserved “the benefit of the doubt” but it wouldn’t surprise Rep. McDermott if President Bush misled “the American people” to take us to war.
That’s awful on its own but it isn’t the only stain on Rep. McDermott’s thin record. Other than consistently seeing the United State through a hostile lens, what has Seattle’s Congressman-for-Life done?
Steve Beren’s campaign has a summary of what he’s been about this session:
Jim McDermott and his fellow Democrats took control of congress in 2006 with claims to a mandate and big promises, but the latest (May 20) Rasmussen survey found that voters have a very, very low opinion of congress. Excerpts from the report follow:
“Just 13% give the national legislature good or excellent ratings, while 47% say it is doing a poor job…Over half of Republicans (58%) say congress is doing a poor job. That number has dropped slightly over the past month. Just 31% of Democrats give cngress poor ratings. That number has increased slightly over the past month… Just 12% of voters think congress has passed legislation to improve life in America within the past year. Most (61%) disagree and say congress has done nothing to improve life throughout the nation. Voters have little hope for the near future. Just 37% think it is even somewhat likely that congress will seriously address important problems in the next six months. Most (56%) say that congress is unlikely to face up to the issues of the day. Seventy-one percent (71%) think Members of congress are more interested in furthering their own political careers than helping people. Just 14% disagree.”
That’s congress for you. That’s the Democrats. That’s McDermott’s congress: failure, disappointment, nothing to improve the nation, not facing up to the issues of the day, more interested in his own political career than helping people. That’s McDermott, and that’s McDermott’s congress.
There’s a reason why Congress’s approval rating is lower than President Bush’s approval rating. The Democratic leadership has worked hard to ‘earn’ the reputation of being a do almost nothing congress. Their first year, their list of accomplishments was that they got a minimum wage bill passed. I noted at the time that that’s only because they attached it to the Iraq War supplemental bill and while they included tax cut for small businesses. It’s also worth noting that the Iraq War supplemental passed moths after President Bush proposed it.
Another ‘accomplishment’ of this ‘Do Almost Nothing Congress’ is their letting the Patriot Act lapse, thereby blinding our intelligence agencies to huge amounts of intelligence. If terrorists hit us in the United States, the blood will be directly on the Democrats’ hands.
Rep. McDermott has advocated single-payer universal health care, something that even its advocates say has its faults. Here’s what an AMSA study said about single-payer:
Although there are some advantages and some disadvantages to each system, universal health care confers the greatest number of advantages. They include:
- Every individual would receive necessary medical coverage, regardless of age, health, employment, or socio-economic status.
- Health care spending would decline because centralized billing procedures would reduce administrative overhead. Consequently, a larger percentage of the cost of health care would actually be spent on patient treatment.
- Increased access to preventive care and the ability of government to purchase prescription medications in bulk would also help drive down health care costs. However, the corresponding drop in revenue for pharmaceutical companies could lead to a reduction in overall research and development, slowing down technological advancement.
- Patients can choose their physician and physicians can choose the most appropriate treatment for their patients.
- There would be a removal of profit-motive in health care. The driving force behind the health industry would be patient care and not profit maximization.
Removing the profit motive for health care, or anything else for that matter, and that product will stop getting produced in a heartbeat. I’ll bet the ranch on that. AMSA says that “the ability of government to purchase prescription medications in bulk would also help drive down health care costs” is a positive, then notes that “the corresponding drop in revenue for pharmaceutical companies could lead to a reduction in overall research and development.” COULD lead to a “reduction in overall research and development”???
This is what Rep. McDermott’s been pushing as long as I’ve seen him in the House or Representatives. It’s a system with serious flaws. It hasn’t worked anywhere it’s been tried.
Jim McDermott’s list of accomplishments is almost as thin as Barack Obama’s, which is saying something considering Sen. Obama has been in the Senate 17 less years than has Rep. McDermott. It’s time for Seattle voters to ask the question whether they want someone who’s done next to nothing to continue representing them or if they’d rather have someone with a positive agenda representing them. If they want someone who’ll actually get positive things done, then that eliminates Rep. McDermott from consideration.
Cross-posted at California Conservative