Beer Monday Linkfest: So Much For Lobbying Reform

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You'll need a beer after you read this by Stephen Spruiell, and so will Nance Pelosi

House Democrats offered a variety of bribes to their colleagues this week in an attempt to dispel opposition to their slow-bleed strategy of attaching troop limitations to the latest war supplemental. The most outrageous of these was a $4-billion package of farm subsidies, the bulk of which would go to farmers in the Midwestern districts of a handful of Blue Dog Democrats like House Agriculture Committee Chair Collin Peterson (D., Minn.).

 “They haven’t released the specifics of their draft yet,” a GOP House staffer tells National Review Online. “But ‘drought relief’ is expected to be a big part of it, and Collin Peterson is Exhibit A of a Dem being bought off.”

Yesterday, Peterson told The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “I don’t think the supplemental will pass if we don’t [include the $4 billion],” adding that, by failing to pony up the cash, “They’d lose [my vote]”

With nothing less than victory in Iraq at stake, Peterson has announced that for $4 billion in “disaster relief” for Midwestern farmers, his vote is for sale. What makes that $4 billion so important that it suddenly renders Peterson indifferent to the outcome of a foreign war?

Didn't the Democrats say they were going to stop these kinds of shenanigans? More proof that they talk the talk, but just do not walk the walk. Heck, they do not even get the chauffers to walk the walk.

To be fair, this is just business as usual with politics at all levels and with all parties. They tell us they are going to do something, and follow through on them only sometimes. Check the rest of the story at National Review.

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