Friday, January 12, 2007

Democrats cave and leave taxpayers in the dark.

So much for changing things in Washington as the Democrats cave into the Pharmaceutical lobby. As usual the taxpayers wallets will be the ones who suffer. Here are some of the money quotes from the Washington Post article:

"To strengthen their position, drug firms and their trade groups have been transforming their Washington operations by hiring top Democratic lobbyists to gain access to new committee chairmen, bolstering Democratic political donations and spending millions on public relations campaigns to overcome an image, indicated in recent surveys, that the industry puts profits ahead of patients.".

How does this happen? Senator Charles Grassley explains it very simply:

"You can hardly swing a cat by the tail in Washington without hitting a pharmaceutical lobbyist," said Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), a key sponsor of the 2003 legislation that created the current program."

And that is the problem Senator! Instead of swinging dead cats our elected politicians need to be swinging baseball bats! Maybe then there would be a few less lobbyists and better legislation for us taxpayers who pay the bills.

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