QUESTION: What’s the difference between Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar?
ANSWER: Sen. Franken doesn’t pretend to be a centrist.

The reality is that Amy Klobuchar, for all her rhetoric, isn’t a centrist. Remember the 2006 campaign? In one of Ms. Klobuchar’s shining moments, Ms. Klobuchar said this about the Iraq war:

Since April, I have been asking the President to give the nation a clear plan to bring our troops home safely. As with any effective plan, there should be a realistic time-frame based on specific milestones and benchmarks, with honest and current information from the administration about the status of our efforts, the training of the Iraqi forces, and the restoration of basic services to Iraq. In fact, the leaders of Iraq’s otherwise sharply divided Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis agreed that there should be a time frame for the drawdown of American troops. If the president is unwilling to provide a plan, Congress should call upon the Joint Chiefs of Staff to do so. By establishing such a plan and setting a time frame for a drawdown of forces, we send an important signal to the people of Iraq that we do not intend to stay indefinitely and that we expect them to take on the responsibility of governing and securing their own nation. That is why I oppose establishing permanent military bases in Iraq.

What an idiot. Congress can’t compel the Pentagon to draw up plans for anything. Congress doesn’t have that authority over the Pentagon.

The reason I mention this is that Sen. Klobuchar’s respect for the Constitution still doesn’t exist. Thursday morning, Sen. Klobuchar voted for Harry Reid’s health care bill knowing that it contained an individual mandate that is unconstitutional. It also contained some tax provisions in it that aren’t constitutional either. You can’t tax insurance companies, then exempt the Michigan Blue Cross-Blue Shield and the Nebraska Blue Cross-Blue Shield companies from that tax. That violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protections Clause:

The Equal Protection Clause, part of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, provides that “no state shall…deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”.

Sen. Klobuchar should stop pretending that she’s a moderate. Senators take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. Thus far, she’s failed miserably in defending the Constitution. Frankly, I haven’t seen proof that she even thinks about the Constitution.

Here’s Republican Party Chairman Tony Sutton’s statement on Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar voting for Sen. Reid’s health care legislation:

After weeks of shady backroom payoffs, unseemly sweetheart deals and Enron style accounting, Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar sold out Minnesota today by voting for a reckless nearly trillion dollar spending bill that increases premiums, raises taxes by $500 billion, cuts Medicare by over $470 billion and mandates that taxpayers fund abortion on demand. Candidate Obama promised America an open legislative process played out on C-SPAN. Instead, we saw a sleazy, secretive power play where Harry Reid bought off senators to get to 60 votes. In 2010, Democrats will pay a steep political price for their decision to ram this unpopular bill down the throats of the American people.

The only correction that I’d make to Chairman Sutton’s statement is that it costs $2,500,000,000,000 when all the provisions are fully implemented. The “nearly trillion dollar spending bill” is the CBO’s number that they arrived at only because the Democrats’ bill taxes us starting immediately but doesn’t start spending until 2014.

Another indication that Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar vote the same way is that their votes would’ve been the same on President Obama’s failed stimulus bill, just like their votes have been the same on President Obama’s omnibus spending bill this year. (NOTE: Sen. Franken was still locked in his recount fight when the stimulus bill was voted on. However, he’s quoted as saying he would’ve voted for the pork-filled, less-than-stimuluating bill.)

Sen. Klobuchar isn’t the only so-called moderate whose reputation got disintegrated during the health care debate. Ben Nelson, Bill Nelson, Claire McCaskill, Mark Pryor and Evan Bayh all saw their reputation as fiscal conservatives disintegrated by voting for this job-killing, tax-increasing monument to fiscal insanity. Instead of putting the nation first, they put their ideological priorities first.

Rest assured that voters, especially independents, will remember that the next time they’re up for re-election. They’ll remember because they will have been paying the taxes and they will have dealt with the individual health insurance mandate.

Contrary to Sen. Schumer’s bald-faced lie, this legislation’s popularity has hit its peak. Here’s Sen. Schumer’s lie:

“This is a happy day. (Senate Republican Leader) Mitch McConnell said on the floor that we’re going to go home and hear our constituents rail against this bill. I don’t believe that. I believe that the negativity that Leader McConnell and others have continually displayed on the floor has peaked, and now when people learn what’s actually in the bill, and all the good it does, it is going to become more and more popular because it is good for America, good for the American people, and a true symbol of what we can do if we all pull together,” said Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer.

When the bill gets published and dissected, people will learn about the CLASS Act, which is the start of another entitlement. People will get hit with the legislation’s tax increases and fines for not doing what the politicians have told them to do.

That, by itself, will doom the Democrats’ election chances for the next decade. In my opinion, Sen. Schumer’s statements are said to tell his colleagues that the protesters at their townhalls aren’t real, that they’re just astroturfed supporters of the evil insurance companies and the evil pharmaceutical companies. (Isn’t it ironic that Sen. Schumer is attempting to villify the insurance companies that he voted to a huge windfall profit to?)

Sen. Schumer shouldn’t worry about townhalls, though, because neither Sen. Franken nor Sen. Klobuchar have the fortitude to subject themselves to open events. They’ll only enter the event if it’s a totally controlled environment.

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that America has a strong libertarian streak in them. Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar stand opposed to most of what the libertarian movement believes in. Sen. Klobuchar should worry about this because she’ll have to deal with a revitalized libertarian movement in 2012.

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One Response to “Franken & Klobuchar”

  • walter hanson says:

    Gary:

    Lets not forget another important line each campaign used.

    Amy K talked about how we had to get the budget deficit under control. Since she’s become Senator Amy K has voted to dramitically increase spending and the deficit has sky rocketed.

    Al last year during the campaign was critizing Norm for being George Bush’s yes man. Franken made a point that Coleman had an obligation which he failed to do to oppose George Bush. Just what exactly has Al done to oppose Obama since he got his oath. Shouldn’t Al be practicing what he preached.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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