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Dear Chuck Grassley

13 August 2009

I used to like you. Throughout the Bush years, you seemed like a stand-up guy — someone who took his oversight responsibilities seriously in the Finance Committee, and who didn’t fall for the whacked-out Republican hysteria of the past eight years. Get this — I even liked you, a Republican, much more than I ever cared for Tom Harkin, Iowa’s Democratic Senator (Mr. “Meh”, in my opinion)!

But I don’t know what’s happened to you since the election. I really thought you would be a perfect liason between the Democratic majority and the Republican minority. Instead, you’ve become a crazy-talking, fear-mongering Palin-esque stranger: “There is some fear because in the House bill, there is counseling for end-of-life,” Grassley said. “And from that standpoint, you have every right to fear…. We should not have a government program that determines if you’re going to pull the plug on grandma.”

In the voice of the youth of America: Dude, WTF?

Why can’t you be more like like Lisa Murkowski, Republican Senator from Alaska: “Quite honestly, I’m so offended at that terminology because it absolutely isn’t (in the bill). There is no reason to gin up fear in the American public by saying things that are not included in the bill.”*

You know that something has to change in the way Americans receive health care — you know it. So please, bring back the old Chuck Grassley, the one I respected so much. Let him be a part of the solution, helping those 46 million Americans with no health care. I’d really like to like you again.

*Since this is my letter, I can minimize her follow-up, “”I’ll be honest with you, there are things that are in this bill that are bad enough that we don’t need to be making things up” because she is a Republican, after all.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Cateling permalink
    13 August 2009 12:27 pm

    I don’t mind Harkin. He and my rep, Dave Loebsack have “up from the bottom” narratives that I like to believe shape and inform their approaches to preserving social safety net programs. If I’m being naive about that, I don’t want to know.

    I have about had it with Grassley though. I do not need my elected represtatives lying to me and the rest of the country. It seems like every time I turn around, Grassley is on TV saying something stupid or ill-informed. I’m at the point where I think he has abandoned his soul to see himself on TV or some other similar petty gain, and that makes me sad and angry.

    In happier news, we’re hoping to go to the state fair on Monday. Woo hoo! Food on a stick!

  2. Cateling permalink
    14 August 2009 8:53 am

    My man Paul Krugman
    agrees with you.

  3. 17 August 2009 8:56 am

    I wish Vilsack had run against him. I think Obama did us some harm when he appointed so many senators and would be senators to the cabinet.

  4. Peaceable Imperatrix permalink*
    18 August 2009 2:36 pm

    Krugman is so funny because he still can’t get over the fact that Obama beat out Clinton. He can’t ever say anything nice about Obama — only worse things about the Republicans.

    I wish Vilsack hadn’t tried a run for president! Now we’ve got Chet Culver as Dem governor, and I have very little respect for him.

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