NY Times: Is Obama Punking Us?

Written by admin on August 11th, 2009

Frank Rich write about the continued public uneasiness over Washington dealmaking;  Read the story here: (NY Times registration required)

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/opinion/09rich.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

In this maze of powerful moneyed interests, it’s not clear who any American in either party should or could root for. The bipartisan nature of the beast can be encapsulated by the remarkable progress of Billy Tauzin, the former Louisiana congressman. Tauzin was a founding member of the Blue Dog Democrats in 1994. A year later, he bolted to the Republicans. Now he is chief of PhRMA, the biggest pharmaceutical trade group. In the 2008 campaign, Obama ran a television ad pillorying Tauzin for his role in preventing Medicare from negotiating for lower drug prices. Last week The Los Angeles Times reported — and The New York Times confirmed — that Tauzin, an active player in White House health care negotiations, had secured a behind-closed-doors flip-flop, enlisting the administration to push for continued protection of drug prices. Now we know why the president has ducked his campaign pledge to broadcast such negotiations on C-Span.

The Best Government Money Can Buy? is a non partisan documentary that looks at the effects of lobbying and campaign financing.

 

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