I pretty much know everyone’s name in congress but I didn’t recognize Alan Grayson’s name until recently. Now it’s time America got to know this jerk better. I say jerk because that’s what he was in this hateful diatribe:

The disgusting nature of Grayson’s speech speaks for itself. It’s obvious that Rep. Grayson is a hatemonger and a backbench bombthrower. After this, it’s also possible that he’ll be a one-term wonder.

This speech would’ve fit right in with Howard Dean’s speech where he said that “We’re in a fight between good and evil and we’re the good.” Democrats like Dean and Grayson aren’t good. Hate-filled people aren’t good.

Republicans who heard of the diatribe are demanding that Rep. Grayson apologize:

Veteran Tennessee Republican Jimmy Duncan abandoned customary reticence to chastise Grayson. “That is about the most mean-spirited partisan statement that I’ve ever heard made on this floor, and I, for one, don’t appreciate it,” Duncan said. “It’s fully appropriate that the gentleman return to the floor and apologize,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, another Tennessee Republican.

Thus far, an apology hasn’t been offered. After this blows up in the media, I suspect Speaker Pelosi will ask Rep. Grayson to fall on his sword. The last thing Democrats need is a hotheaded backbencher shooting his mouth off when they’re attempting to cast Republicans as an angry mob.

Besides, it’s going to be difficult for Speaker Pelosi this week after the Senate Finance Committee defeated Jay Rockefeller’s amendment to include a public option in his bill:

The 15-to-8 vote could forecast the fate of the public option in the Senate as a whole. The outcome was expected but still a defeat for liberals who view government-sponsored insurance for the middle class as a key component of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Five committee Democrats, including Chairman Max Baucus, joined with all 10 committee Republicans to defeat the measure by Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia.

The public option is just one of the hurdles standing in the way of the Democrats’ health care legislation. Another obstacle that will be difficult to overcome is how to pay for it. The biggest obstacle facing Democrats, though, appears to be Sen. Baucus’s attempt to hide the legislation’s costs by shoving millions more Medicaid patients onto the states’ dime:

Democrats want to use Medicaid to cover everyone up to at least 133% of the federal poverty level, or about $30,000 for a family of four. Starting in 2014, Mr. Baucus plans to spend $287 billion through 2019, or about one-third of ObamaCare’s total spending, to add some 11 million new people to the Medicaid rolls.

About 59 million people are on Medicaid today, which means that a decade from now about a quarter of the total population would be on a program originally sold as help for low-income women, children and the disabled. State budgets would explode, by $37 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office, because they would no longer be allowed to set eligibility in line with their own decisions about taxes and spending.

That provision is sparking a states’ rights fight:

In more than a dozen statehouses across the country, a small but growing group of lawmakers is pressing for state constitutional amendments that would outlaw a crucial element of the health care plans under discussion in Washington: the requirement that everyone buy insurance or pay a penalty.

Approval of the measures, supporters suggest, would open a legal battle over states’ rights versus federal power, an issue that is, for some, central to the current health care debate, but also one that affects a broad range of other matters, including education and drug policy.

In the public’s mind, it’s almost irrelevant whether that provision is constitutional or not. The mandates are another reminder of the Democrats’ overreach. It’s a symbol of them saying that they’ll dictate what policy will be, that We The People won’t be having input into what policies will be enacted.

Rep. Grayson’s behavior is reprehensible but no more so than Democrats ignoring the will of the people in cramming this reprehensible legislation down our throats. At minimum, Rep. Grayson owes Republicans an apology. At worst, he needs a new occupation.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

5 Responses to “Alan Grayson’s 15 Minutes of Shame”

  • eric z. says:

    I think you are correct saying the Baucus bill is loaded with deceit.

    Can you imagine if he were pulling this stuff if Lyndon Johnson were President?

    He’d be called in, there’d be talk of water projects, flood control money, some of those mines up there in Montana that are pollution problems, and how all the range-fed cattle money could go to Texas.

    It would be a hoot to see Baucus treated as high-handed as he treats all us plain folks in the public.

    But he only gets majorities in committee, remember this, by having some Dems and all GOP votes his way. The facilitators are deserving of their degree of shaming. Go for it, Gary.

  • Walter Hanson says:

    Gary:

    Is it my imagination, but weren’t the democrats outraged a week or so ago that a Republican member of Congress called Obama a liar during his speech and wanted to formally censor him. I assume that since this member were accusing people of wanting to commit murder Nancy and the Democrats will immediately censor him or kick him out of Congress?

    Furthermore since that speech haven’t there been moves to make those people which Obama said couldn’t get on the plan such as making them legal which Obama wants to do as do over 20 members of Congress including our fifth district congressman.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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