Swalwell's inappropriate remark in Congress
Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep 26, 2013
He said, "I invite my colleagues on the other side to wake up from this radical, ideological wet dream and come back to reality."
Swalwell defeated 20-term incumbent Pete Stark last November. Stark was known for shooting his mouth off and had a career full of comments that were way too quotable for the wrong reasons. Swalwell, who was a prosecutor in Alameda County before winning the seat in Congress, should know much better.
The Washington Post covered the story and described Swalwell's language as an R-rated word.
Perhaps what is more telling is how Swalwell, who has been endorsed by Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi, is toeing the liberal Democrat line. More realistic members of both parties have seen the disaster that Obamacare is becoming and realize that it is clearly not ready to go.
What's more is that the president unilaterally has delayed implementationbreaking the law he signedfor a year for big business and then announced an exemption for members of Congress and their staffsanother violation of the law that specifies members participate in the exchanges. The simple logicif it's good enough (or bad enough as the case may be) for their constituents, it is good enough for them to be covered.
Some employers now are reducing hours for employees to part-time status, hiring temps or simply not hiring as they wait to see what shakes out.
Ironically, it will be small businesses and self-employed people who will have to deal with the individual mandate in a couple of weeksthe president has put off the law for others.
Swalwell, who has been running for re-election since he won the seat about a year ago, already has kicked off his formal re-election campaign with former CIA chief and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta delivering the keynote address.
The rhetoric on both sides of the aisle on Obamacare and funding the government is intense. Swalwell wrote in a fundraising email that "Washington is in crisis. Our nation is threatened by lawmakers who have insisted that unless they get 100 percent of what they want, they will shutdown the government."
Actually, shutting down the government may do some good. How much have you heard lately about how damaging the sequester has been? What's clear is Democrat leaders have no intention or stomach for rolling back the huge increases in discretionary spending established in the first two years of the Obama Administration. They are okay with borrowing 40 cents of every dollar spent and neither party has done anything to address the demographic train wreck coming with Social Security and Medicare.
on Sep 26, 2013 at 8:23 am
Daveg is a registered user.
Although I'm not a fan of Obamacare,I think some of your statements are incorrect. For example:
Claim: Congress is exempt from the law.
FactCheck.org says: False.
Several versions of this claim have been circulating since before the Affordable Care Act was passed. But no matter how many different ways the critics spin it, Congress isn't exempt from the law. In fact, members and their staffs face additional requirements that other Americans don't. Beginning in 2014, they can no longer get insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, as they and other federal employees have done. Instead, they are required to get insurance through the insurance exchanges.
on Sep 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm
liberalism is a disease is a registered user.
From the National Review on 9/16 ( Web Link):
"Senator David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, has demanded a floor vote on his bill to end an exemption that members of Congress and their staffs are slated to get that will make them the only participants in the new Obamacare exchanges to receive generous subsidies from their employer to pay for their health insurance."
"Under behind-the-scenes pressure from members of Congress in both parties, President Obama used the quiet of the August recess to personally order the Office of Personnel Management, which supervises federal employment issues, to interpret the law so as to retain the generous congressional benefits."
on Sep 26, 2013 at 6:35 pm
Daveg is a registered user.
Sure hope somebody can straighten this out. This the latest from Fact Check:
We also heard some claims that we have debunked before, including these:
•Cruz repeated the false claim that members of Congress are exempt from the health care law. As we have written numerous times, the law requires congressional members and their staffs to get insurance through the newly created exchanges, so they are not exempt. In fact, the law prevents them from getting insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, like other federal employees. However, the federal government, will continue to make contributions toward the premiums of lawmakers and their staffs just as most large employers do for their employees.