Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu gained notoriety last year for year her decision to support the healthcare reform bill in exchange for a $300 million dollar earmark for her state.  Many who are outraged by this dubbed it the “Louisiana Purchase”.  Mary Landrieu objects to this, claiming that she did not do a deal in “a smoke-filled room”, and that she was merely correcting a mistake made by the federal government.  But her defense of this unpopular manuever demonstrates the real problem with agenda that is being forced upon this nation.

When asked about if she dislikes the term “Louisiana Purchase” for the deal, she replied:

 “Not only do I dislike it, it’s really a mischaracterization of what happened, it is not a special deal for me, it’s a fair deal for the people of Louisiana.  I’ll tell you what happened, the levees broke, and the hurricane hit and the levees broke.  Our personal income went up 40%, not down, according to the federal government.  It’s never happened in the history of the country and it’s false.  All the extra money, that poured into the state, the federal government claims we are 40% richer.  It’s laughable, it’s a joke.  So we fixed it. When the income goes up by 40%, our Medicare reimbursement drops.”

So let’s get this straight.  Because your state received billions in federal aid, you deserve millions more in federal aid because the federal aid you received was so much that it reduced the amount of aid that you are entitled too.  What is frightening is that a senator expects that to make sense to the people listening. 

She continues: “It’s because of the insurance money that poured in, and the federal funding that poured in, and it arbitrarily and artificially increased our per capita income.  The federal government is saying we are 40% richer, it’s a joke.”

Hold on.  Landrieu is actually claiming that Louisiana has been victimized by all of the federal aid and insurance money that has come to the state to help it rebuild.  This is important on many levels.  First if Louisiana is getting the money from the insurance companies, one would think that would be preferable to them being denied that money.  Second, she is basically saying that if you make more money, the government penalizes you, so it is better to make less so you can get the government to do more for you. 

She is saying this. Mary Landrieu, not Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck.  So, Obama should spend less time complaining about talk show hosts.  This time it is a Democrat that voted for the bill he signed that is calling him into question.

Also Landrieu insisted that the federal funding and insurance money “arbitrarily and artificially increased our per capita income.”

Federal spending doesn’t do that …..wait a minute IT DOES!  She is now saying that public sector spending distorts the income figures, making it look like things are improving when they are not.

Where have we heard that before. Oh yeah. THE RECOVERY ACT.  Mary Landrieu is attacking the entire foundation of the Team Obama approach to this economy!

And throughout the interview, she continued to say “it’s a joke”.  Senator Landrieu informed “The governor (R-Bobby Jindal) and I stood shoulder to shoulder to tell the federal government that it is incorrect.  We have always paid 70 cents on every dollar for Medicaid”.  She says with the upper income adjustment, they will have to pay more. 

So the federal government, led by Obama, Pelosi, Reid and Frank IS WRONG?  And she is standing with Bobby Jindal, a staunch conservative, against them?  Hmmm….

That is much better campaign material than any Republican member of Congress will get from going on a talk show.

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  1. Steve
    April 3, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    THANK YOU for posting this! I love your blog!!

    Common Cents

    ps. Link Exchange??

  2. Tim
    April 3, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    OMG!!! I was listening to Landrieu making these comments to Greta Van Susteren the other day, and I could actually FEEL my face contorting, just trying to make sense out of what she was saying. And then my son called me from the other room, so I didn’t finish digesting what she was trying to dish out.

    I’m glad you got the chance to do so. This is absolutely brilliant! I LOVE IT! I think the writers on Saturday Night Live should be very careful…the Dems are providing so much material they may find themselves out of a job! (LOL – the writers…AND the Dems!)

    Two thumbs up!!!

  3. Cindy
    April 4, 2010 at 1:18 am

    she talks so fast out of both sides of her mouth my head can’t stop spinning!!!

  4. Bill Burt
    April 4, 2010 at 2:24 am

    She sure is making a good case for government involvement in the free market economy. Ha! I can’t believe this. I guess we should thank her for this, as we couldn’t think of a single thing that would be better ammunition against federal involvement in our economy. I think she protesth to much.

  5. John M
    April 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    There is a point that I think most people following this story have missed. First, everything in this article is absolutely correct, but it is only half the story. It is true that the influx of federal dollars were one factor to spiking the income figures, but there is another that was just as influential. After Katrina, many of those displaced by the storm fled to other areas around the country, such as Houston. As we heard over and over in the MSM, most of these folks were jobless, so they were dependent on the government for thier income. Prior to the storm they were keeping the per capita income figures low since they did not have an income. Once they left, they no longer count toward the per capita income figure. This caused that figure to rise accordingly.

    So, the combination of federal relief funds and the departure of non-earners caused the per capita income figure to rise. It’s economics 101, and it clearly shows that there was a huge jump in capital in the state. As such, there is absolutely no reason that $300 million should have been granted to Landrieu and/or Louisiana. Especially in a bill that supposedly is about healthcare. Any way you slice it, it’s underhanded at best and pure corruption at worst. The folks in Louisiana should see this fraud for what it is, and vote out the fraud that was behind it.

  6. April 5, 2010 at 4:48 am

    I agree with James! can we get her to do an ad for the GOP..easy way to get MORE money for the mistreatment of the Federal government!
    Maybe the room had MORE smoke then originally anticipated..did they have any drug tests afterward?

    Lets assume that her state DID get “mistreated”. Does the normal process of correction involve a vote change in return “correction” in the back, smoke filled room?? OMG! DRUG TEST PLEASE!

  7. Mary
    April 5, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I heard the interview too and I really tried HARD to understand what she was saying. I thought I was so ideologically slanted that I was just being unreasonable…but nothing she said made sense. I was trying so hard to understand her point of view I actually hurt. You explain what I felt! You are the best, Jay!

    • April 5, 2010 at 8:47 pm

      Thank you Mary! I just thought it was the apitamy of what was wrong with their perspective. I appreciate your kind words!

  8. Aida Solis
    April 5, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks for this article.. Just proves how many liberals are out there spining the facts.. The amazing thing is, they keep getting away with it.

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