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The sell-out

How coincidental:

U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) announced three airports in northern Michigan have received grants totaling $726,409 for airport maintenance and improvements. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration.

“This federal funding will help these airports better provide critical services to communities in northern Michigan,” Stupak said. “I am pleased the FAA has made this investment in our local airports and the individuals and businesses they serve.”

Do you seriously believe that Bart Stupak is so ill-informed that he believes an executive order will stand up in court against a law passed by Congress? Every single time the law passed by Congress will take precedence over an executive order. If the Senate bill allows for federal funding of abortions then the court is not going to set that aside for an executive order. Federal funding for abortions will be the law of the land.

So what is behind such an obvious cave by Stupak?

Unless Stupak is the dumbest Representative to walk the halls of Congress, he know his EO holds little but symbolic power. He has a nice autograph from the president that might bring a dollar or two on Ebay. And assuming he knows his EO is baloney, then you have to conclude that he just pitched principle (the supposed principle he found to be more important than health care reform) over the side. By doing so, he essentially announced that his former position wasn’t a position of principle, but one of convenience.

I can’t believe it was for airport funds although I do believe the FAA did “conveniently” decide now was a good time to award those grants (yes, friends – grants. That means your tax dollars given away to a few local airports in Stupak’s district). If it was he’s a cheap date. Or a cheap sell-out.

There has to be something more.  Somewhere, hidden in all of this, we’re going to find 3o pieces of silver.

But hell, if that’s all it took, he’s not as cheap as Dennis “this bill stinks and I’ll be voting no” Kucinich. All it took for him was a 45 minute airplane ride.

Principles – something you can always depend on the left abandoning when the going gets tough.



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6 Responses to The sell-out

  • The real question is not whether Stupak is that stupid, but whether the people in his district are.

    We’ll see in November.  Anybody want to give odds that Stupak will be reelected by a comfortable margin?

  • The stock market is opening.  Let’s see at the end of the day if the “double-dip” recession is coming.
    By the end of the day, we should be able to see if Stupak sold out both the born and the unborn.

    • The stock market should do just fine – it’s the small businesses (the big, public corps most adroit competition) and regular taxpayers (those who can’t afford tax lawyers/accountants) who are going to take it in the shorts.

  • Stock market likes certainty. The listed companies can figure out how to deal with legislation, or just outsource more.

  • I’m guessing  Dennis’ vote went  for more than a plane ride. He has ambitions to be more than a Congressman, and is probably getting tired of running for re-election every two years.  If he gets a big job in the Obama administration in the next two years, we’ll know what the plane ride was all about. If he gets into trouble in his district, it’ll happen sooner.