Self-proclaimed “Moderate” Senator Bayh Bamboozles Hoosiers

Posted by courage On January - 22 - 2010

With the vast number of letters I have sent Senator Bayh since the first of the year, we should be on a first name basis.  But this is not the case.  Continually letters are answered with generic form mail, barely addressing the questions this constituent poses.  Rest assured though he can send out mass emails which champion his quest for fiscal responsibility; yet he never makes the connection between this stated policy position and the alarming increase in government bureaucracy, as evidenced by his health care “yea’ vote .  When calling either his local or Washington office I have yet to reach a live person; a vast majority of these times the voice mail box was full.  With legislation that impacts each and ever Hoosier can’t the Senator’s staff even find time to clean out the voice mail?

Throughout the health care negotiations in the Senate, Bayh never made a concrete comment as to how he would vote.  After the Christmas vote the Indianapolis Star reported Bayh described the vote as a “close call.”

Publicly Bayh said:

“Legitimate arguments have been made by both sides.”

Yet behind those closed door sessions void of CSpan coverage Bayh was twisting arms of fellow Democrats.

Citing unidentified officials who attended a meeting of Democratic senators and the president Dec. 15, The New York Times said Bayh called health care the kind of public policy he had come to Washington to work on. He said he did not want to see the satisfied looks on GOP faces if it failed. Roll Call said Bayh gave a “rousing speech, arguing that Democrats could not afford to let the reform effort collapse in the face of Republican attacks.”

“Bayh’s speech seemed to crystallize the situation for Democrats and helped them refocus their energy away from intraparty disputes and onto the GOP and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell,” Roll Call wrote.

Bayh will not answer legitimate concerns Hooisers had regarding the health care bill, he attempts to present the illusion of neutrality while championing a bill that will leave Hoosiers on the hook for large tax increases because of the expanded coverage of Medicaid.  The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration reports:

“…the Senate bill will cost Hoosiers more than $2.3 billion over the next 10 years.”

Administrative costs for Indiana to transition to expand Medicaid alone would reach $200 million, according to the report. With revenue decreasing in the middle of a recession, FSSA spokesman Marcus Barlow said it is not clear how the state would raise the funds and tax increases would seem to be the solution.

“We’re on bare bones and the fact we haven’t had a tax increase is just because of great fiscal management,” Barlow said.

With the Senate bill’s proposed expansion of Medicaid, about one in four Hoosiers would be enrolled in a public program. The bill would prevent insurance companies from denying insurance based on pre-existing conditions and provide coverage to about 1 million uninsured and self-insured Hoosiers…

On the eve of passage, Bayh finally speaks out:

Bayh said he also was frustrated with the politics surrounding the bill. He acknowledged the proposed legislation was not perfect, but said it was a step in the right direction as opposed to doing nothing.

“My bottom line is that this is a close call,” Bayh said. “Of course there will be things to correct. With a proposal this large and complex, perfection is unachievable. But one thing is certain beyond any doubt: Inaction will only cause our problems to fester, year after year.”

Could someone, anyone remind Bayh of words spoken by founding father Alexander Hamilton:

The injury which may possibly be done by defeating a few good laws, will be amply compensated by the advantage of preventing a number of bad ones.

Or perhaps Bayh would heed the words of a fellow Democrat ?

You do not examine legislation in light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly adminstered.  ~  Lyndon B. Johnson

This bill is imperfect and would damage the people of Indiana through historic tax increases, because how else will the mandated inclusion of 1 in 4 Hoosiers to the Medicaid rolls find funding?

Aww.. the tale of Bayh’s Democratic enlightenment takes a turn

Mr. Bayh said that the health care measure was the kind of public policy he had come to Washington to work on, according to officials who attended the session… (emphasis mine)

Why could the Senator from Indiana not face his constituents and say these words?  Why could he not answer honest questions from Hoosiers as to the Constitutionality of the bill or for that matter have someone answer his office phone?  Illusion is meant to deceive, and Senator you have deceived the people who elected you to office.  Or to use a favorite quote from the President during the campaign.. you have “bamboozled” us.

There is more though which presents an underlying pathology of Democratic narcissism, Bayh went on to say..

…he did not want to see the satisfied looks on the faces of Republican leaders if they succeeded in blocking the measure.

Mr. Bayh, who do you represent, the Democratic party or the people of Indiana?

Laura Ingraham hits this one… Bayh needs to be held accountable for the deception he and other “blue tongued dog” Democrats perpetrated on their constituents.

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Even before winner was announced in Massachusetts on Tuesday, the deceptive illusionist from Indiana was seeing the writing on the wall…

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If you lose Massachusetts, if it’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope of waking up.

Moderates and Independents, even in a state as Democratic as Massachusetts, aren’t buying our message.

pssst hey Evan, here’s a clue.. the people of Indiana tried to open a dialogue with you before the vote on Christmas eve.. you didn’t care then and you don’t now.  You are about party over people, had you taken a moment to listen to the people you represent, you would have known where Hoosiers stood on the health care bill.  You see the writing on the wall and it says…

Evan Bayh

Elected 1992

Unemployed 2010

For Violating Oath of Office
Disregarding Constituents.

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