But as you listen to the back and forth of the health care discussion, be familiar with the Bought Off and treat their commentary accordingly.
OK, fair enough.
Just be sure you take a look at the health insurance/HMO contributions during the Presidential Election, as reported by Open Secrets, and include President Barack Obama among your list of the "Bought Off":
Health Services/HMOsBarack Obama (D) $1,262,224
Hillary Clinton (D) $535,849
John McCain (R) $412,918
Here's the contribution totals for Health Professionals
Health ProfessionalsBarack Obama (D) $11,532,962
John McCain (R) $5,251,019
Hillary Clinton (D) $3,973,797
[And totally for kicks and grins, here are the figures for Commercial Banks]:
Commercial BanksBarack Obama (D) $3,167,003
John McCain (R) $2,260,697
Hillary Clinton (D) $1,458,941
[Not to mention, Lawyers and lobbyists}:
Lawyers & LobbyistsObama, Barack $43,440,058
Clinton, Hillary $16,941,277
McCain, John $11,290,948
Don't think it matters? All throughout the campaign, to the deafness of our liberal friends, I kept pointing out that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain were the three largest recipients of defense industry contributions, and that Obama had surrounded himself with defense industry lobbyists.
Despite all promises to the contrary the number two spot at the Pentagon (directly in charge of weapons procurement) was handed over to Raytheon lobbyist William Lynn.
Despite all promises to bring defense spending into line, President Obama submitted a defense budget larger than the previous Bush administration defense budget, but claimed to be cutting major weapons pork ... only to turn a blind eye and sign off on Congress re-instituting most of that same pork in supplemental authorizations, stimulus spending, or as amendments to other bills.
So I am all for the category of The Bought Off as long as you have the intestinal fortitude to admit the category includes The Bought Off Occupant of the White House.
Holding breath waiting. Turning blue.