Franken, a man of the people?
During the last 3+ weeks, we’ve seen Al Franken make one terrible decision after another. Actually, we’ve seen Chuck Schumer make his decisions for him. Prior to and during the Obama Shutdown, Al Franken voted on multiple reasonable Republican proposals. Each time, Al Franken was a good little mind-numbed soldier for Sens. Reid and Schumer.
For instance, Al Franken voted against a proposal that said Congress shouldn’t be exempted from the laws they’ve written and voted for. When he did that, his vote said that he’s fine with getting special subsidies that aren’t available to anyone except Congress.
That’s classic stand-up-for-the-little-guy stuff, Democrat style.
According to Kimberley Strassel’s article, Al Franken is supporting Jean Shaheen’s proposal:
Jeanne Shaheen doesn’t sound like a Democrat who just won a government-shutdown “victory.” Ms. Shaheen sounds like a Democrat who thinks she’s going to lose her job.
The New Hampshire senator fundamentally altered the health-care fight on Tuesday with a letter to the White House demanding it both extend the ObamaCare enrollment deadline and waive tax penalties for those unable to enroll. Within nanoseconds, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor had endorsed her “common-sense idea.” By Wednesday night, five Senate Democrats were on board, pushing for ... what’s that dirty GOP word? Oh, right.“Delay.”
Now that it’s Jeanne Shaheen’s proposal, Franken is supporting delaying the individual mandate:
CNN reports that all 16 Senate Democrats up for re-election are expected to support Ms. Shaheen’s proposal.
This is partisanship at its worst. Saying no to the right ideas simply because he didn’t want to admit that Republicans were right in calling for delaying the individual mandate is doing the wrong thing for the worst reasons. That’s Al Franken alright.
Since the Affordable Care Act was passed, Al Franken has promised he’ll vote to repeal the medical device tax. During the shutdown, Franken voted against repealing the medical device tax. Again, that was when it was a Republican proposal. I’d bet the proverbial ranch that he’ll vote for it the minute it’s a Democratic proposal.
That isn’t just foolish policymaking. It’s vindictiveness and pettiness at its worst. Worst, it’s proof that Al Franken doesn’t represent Minnesota. He represents Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer. Certainly, Medtronic, Boston Scientific and other Minnesota-based medical device manufacturers and their employees would appreciate seeing the tax repealed.
Doing what’s right for these companies didn’t matter to Franken. When Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer come calling for Franken’s vote, it’s their’s.
Franken professes great admiration for the late Sen. Wellstone. While Wellstone was a partisan, he fought first for Minnesotans. Thanks to the last month, we know that that isn’t a priority for Franken. We know that because there’s a litany of votes proving Franken’s partisanship-first mindset. http://looktruenorth.com/9-blogs/453-franken-...