24 March 2010

Heathcare's Back Room Deal

President Obama agreed to sign an executive order to appease anti-abortion Democrats, namely Bart Stupak. The order supposedly reaffirms that no tax dollars will be used to fund abortions. This was just a stunt. If the healthcare legislation calls for tax dollars to fund abortions, no executive order could stop them. Executive orders do not trump the law of the land, and few people actually know what is in that legislation.

So why did Stupak give the green light on the bill? Because the Obama Administration awarded airport grants to three regional airports in Stupak's district just two days prior. Now you might say they give grants to regional airports all the time so this is not out of the ordinary. Bullshit. More people pass through the Denny's down the road in a single day than pass through these three airports combined.

Alpena County Regional Airport received a $85,500 grant, but had only 7,519
passenger boardings in 2008 (the most recent year for which there is information) according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data. Alpena County Regional Airport serves fewer passengers than even the late Rep. John Murtha’s famous “Airport for Nobody.”

Delta County Airport has even less customers than that, but still received a $179,209 grant.

Chippewa County International Airport received a $461,700 grant, but had only 13,733 passenger boardings in 2008.

More here. It's sad but this is how government works now. It is no longer about what needs to be done or what the people want. It's about what is in it for me. Its bad enough this bill got passed without a majority of the population supporting it, but on top of that we get screwed for another $700K on the way out.

Who knows what other quid pro quos there are out there?

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