Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I'm Really Beginning to Like Rep. Alan Grayson

Rep. Alan Grayson (D. Orlando FL) is a freshman member of the U.S. Congress. To get readers up to speed, you need to realize that before the episode yesterday:

I told the truth about the Republican health care plan. The plan is simple:

1. Don't get sick.

2. If you do get sick...

3. Die quickly.

Grayson had taken on the Obama administration's top banking and finance administrators. Grayson, like me, is extremely pissed that, after eight months of the Obama administration, you still can't tell the bankers from the robbers. First, Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke:

Soon afterward, he takes on a Federal Reserve functionary attorney:

Here, he takes on the Federal Reserve's Inspector General:

So, people like Bill O'Reilly, who are calling Grayson a "pinhead":

may not know what they've got on their hands.

Grayson, a very progressive Florida congressman, is getting into subjects that the teabaggers have generally appropriated - Obama administration inadequacy and Federal monetary policy, for instance. He even appropriates one of the teabaggers' favorite slogans - "Read the Bill!" - when responding to Wolf Blitzer's question, comparing Grayson's "If you get sick, die quickly," to the Crazy Woman's "Death Panel" meme:

Grayson is also very articulate and out-of-step with Obama (and our own Alaska Washington DC delegation) on the Afghanistan War. Last week, Howie Klein quoted Grayson as saying to him:

"We are using a 19th century strategy to fight a 14th century opponent, " he told me yesterday. "Does anyone seriously believe that the best way to defend our borders is to send a quarter of a million Americans 10,000 miles beyond them?" He also told me he thinks we can change Obama's mind and turn this thing around. "He's too smart," said the congressman, "to let someone else's war ruin his presidency."

I predict Alan Grayson will:

1) Continue to assert himself whenever he sees a problem facing the American people.

2) Be strongly chastised for the this by the Democratic Party leadership.

3) Call them out - the Democratic Party leadership - for being "Knuckle-dragging Neanderthals."


seattlefan said...

What a great montage of clips on Grayson! He is my new hero. I wish more of our elected officials would stand up and speak the truth. I didn't know anything about him until today, but I am a big fan now. As for your predictions, I am going with #1 and #3. Lol! If he is chastised at all, it will be a very slight slap on the wrist. He spoke the truth and he did it without calling anyone a liar. Beautiful!

Eileen said...

Ted would be proud of Alan, he said everything perfectly. Glad to know someone like him finally exists in Congress. Plus he made his bucks against corrupt war profiteers.