Monday, July 27, 2009

Why Max Baucus (DINO) Refuses to Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

Max Baucus is the Democratic (Blue-Dog Wing) Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

He represents a relatively conservative state, he isn't up for re-election until 2014. He seems more interested in negotiating with Republicans than with his own party. Baucus says he wants a bipartisan Medical Health Plan bill out of his committee.

Why is he so passionate about Bipartisanship? Is it because he is representing his constituency?

Lawmakers have two constituencies: one, the voters back home; and the other, the people and interests that finance much of their re-election campaigns. These donors often live out of state.

When Baucus ran for his sixth term last year, his campaign raised $11.6 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Nearly half of the funds came from out-of-state donors, including millions from health care and other industries overseen by Finance and Baucus' other committees.

Clicking on the chart to the right will disclose which constituency senators Baucus and Grassley are representing.


All five of his Baucus' former Senate staffers now lobby Congress for various interests. Among their clients: drugmakers Wyeth, Merck, Amgen and AstraZeneca, plus the third-largest corporation in the world, Wal-Mart.Baucus' patrons and handlers understand Baucus when he says "Sloooow" on the Public Option portion of the legislation, he actually means "Noooooo". He's only doing what he's been paid to do.

12 Moderated Comments:

Blogger Yellow Dog said...

See NY Ceve's warning on Baucus (12/01/08): Extremely revealing graphical displays on comparison of national health costs.

7/27/2009 11:53:00 PM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

I approve of this message!

7/28/2009 07:04:00 AM  
Blogger MacDaddy said...

This is a good illustration of how we've lost our country to big business. Baucus goal, as told to him by donors, is to get rid of the public option.

7/28/2009 07:53:00 AM  
Blogger Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

I think "Democracy Now" broke open this story a while back. Pretty damn revealing, huh?

7/28/2009 08:16:00 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

The blue dogs are inserting all kinds bull-poop about no counseling prospective mothers on abortions and no counseling seniors on death with dignity.

7/28/2009 09:14:00 AM  
Blogger Stimpson said...

Let's be clear about what Baucus and his friends are doing: They're condemning fellow citizens to death for lack of health care. It's that simple.

7/28/2009 10:35:00 AM  
Blogger Beach Bum said...

Days like this make me miss Skip Seivert.

7/28/2009 01:57:00 PM  
Blogger Sawyer said...

This just goes to prove that regardless if you're a Democrat or Republican, money will always supersede your party affiliation!

7/28/2009 03:05:00 PM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

APB! APB! Readers of this thread are mandated to beam themselves up to see what Stimpson Writes! He has a great column on Canadian health care, a series of additional informative links and an especially great, great You Tube on Dennis Kucinich!

7/29/2009 09:15:00 AM  
Blogger Stimpson said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Vigilante. Very much appreciated.

7/29/2009 06:31:00 PM  
Blogger Jolly Roger said...

He's representing his bagmen, just like the rest of the "Blue Dicks" are. They're contemptible scum, the lot of them.

7/30/2009 11:28:00 PM  
Blogger Yellow Dog said...

Baucus isn't sure how he'll vote on Sotomayor.

8/01/2009 08:19:00 AM  

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