Video: Greg Walden on Fox News over C-Span blocking

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  • Rupert in Springfield

    Aren’t we more familiar with how policy decisions are made in China than in Washington?

    This is the most paranoid administration ever. I mean when you are trying to ban cameras from showing the most expensive piece of legislation to come down the pike since LBJ it is absolutely Stalinesque to want to hide that from the public.

    Everyone agrees on one thing, this legislation is incredibly unpopular. The actions of wanting to keep as much of it secret as possible make it clear the politicians are aware of that. Maybe they think cobbling up the bill in secret will protect them from the wrath they know is coming.

    The only thing funnier is Pelosi stomping out with that fake smile, like the politburo members when they stood on the Kremlin watching the tanks go by, and waves and pretends people want this garbage.

    Tell you what Nancy, if people are so gung ho on what you clowns are doing, then why do you have to do it in secret?

    • caron5948

      Dead on the money, Rupert. If Pelosi, Reid, and Obama did not have “neuturing of one’s political career” in their bag of tricks, healthcare reform would die in it’s tracks.

      If healthcare refrom is really as unpopular as I beleive it is and as virtually every poll shows, Republicans may very well reclaim control of the House. Wish I could say the same for the Senate.

  • Diamond Jim

    Greg is so brave. Why not just block the stupid bill?
    No one wants it.
    Not one single fool.

  • Oregonian

    He should file a lawsuit under the Government in the Sunshine Act.

    I agree with him, but this is NOTHING compared to the Rove-Hastert-Delay tactics of absolutely shutting disagreeing parties out of everything and running roughshod over them.

    As a lifelong Democrat, I have more respect for Rep. Walden than many Oregon Democrats seem to. I think his work on forests has been good, but his partisan hackery of late is most unpleasant.

    • Rupert in Springfield

      >I agree with him, but this is NOTHING compared to the Rove-Hastert-Delay tactics of absolutely shutting disagreeing parties out of everything and running roughshod over them.

      Well, I sure cant remember Republicans promising to post every bill for 72 hours on the internet before a vote and then not doing so. I sure cant remember then shutting out CSPAN.

      Actually I can remember one of the biggest complaints against Bush being that he acquiesced to basically the Democrats threw up at him. The only major veto I can remember was his veto of the expansion of SCHIP because he felt expanding a program based on a declining revenue source, cigarette taxes, was an unwise move.

      Working on legislation with Democrats?

      Hmmm, No Child Left Behind comes to mind. Ted Kennedy basically got to write the bill and worked closely with the Bush administration to pass it as a recent Time retrospective on Kennedy noted ( https://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1918873_1918869_1918857,00.html )

      “Kennedy worked closely with President George W. Bush to advance the No Child Left Behind Act”

      On perscription drug coverage, the largest expansion of Medicare in decades, Bush worked with Democrats to acheive a compromise on the bill.

      Frankly that was Bush’s problem in the eyes of Republicans. He compromised way too much with Democrats.

      • v person

        Rupert of the selective memory. Bush did not veto much legislation because he had a Republican Congress doing his bidding for 6 years. And criticizing the democrats over not making legislative sausage on c-span? Would you have watched it? Would anyone?

        Yes, every promise Obama made in the campaign is not going to be kept. He is a politician. That is news?

        Bush caved to Democrats? On Medicare Part D? I’m amazed you even brought up that legislation. Only 16 Democrats in the House voted for it, with 202 Republicans in favor. So he caved to 16 Democrats? I don’t think so. And the Bush Administration flat out lied about the cost projections.

        Read this and weep: https://www.forbes.com/2009/11/19/republican-budget-hypocrisy-health-care-opinions-columnists-bruce-bartlett.html

        Please remind us again how Republicans are more fiscally conservative than Democrats.

        • v person

          They don’t have boyfriends like you 😉

        • Rupert in Springfield

          >And criticizing the democrats over not making legislative sausage on c-span? Would you have watched it? Would anyone?

          Nice try, but bragging about your ignorance if C-Span, or trying to argue the absurd, that Bush did not compromise with Democrats is really a little ridiculous.

          I watched C-Span quite a bit before I dropped cable. My wife and I had a game, name the congressman. You had to name the congressman and party before his name came up. Eventually we moved on to “name the congressman” from outside the room making dinner. You had to name based strictly on recognition of the voice.

          I know you like being told what to do. For those of us who like to be informed, including the majority of the country that doesn’t want this thing, please don’t assume otherwise. Not all of us are as totalitarian minded as you Dean.

          >Yes, every promise Obama made in the campaign is not going to be kept. He is a politician. That is news?

          No, that is the point of this post.

          The entire point of this post is the secretive nature of this administration.

          I was replying to both that point and someone who claimed that was nothing compared to Republicans.

          Look – Word to the wise. If you cannot stay on topic, and cannot even remember the topic, as evidenced by this statement. Maybe it is best to post replies when you are in a more lucid state of mind.

          >Bush caved to Democrats?

          Please Dean. Grow up. Learn to read, and think a bit before commenting here.

          I never claimed once that Bush caved to Democrats on prescription drug coverage.

          >Please remind us again how Republicans are more fiscally conservative than Democrat

          Woops, we are off in crazy Dean land.

          He has forgotten the topic of the post

          Forgotten what he was replying to.

          And now we are off on another wild tangent no one even brought up.

          • v person

            Rupert wrote: “Actually I can remember one of the biggest complaints against Bush being that he *acquiesced* to basically the Democrats threw up at him.”

            Ok. You did not write “cave.” You used a word that means he accepted what the democrats wanted without protest or dissent. Do you really believe that? Are you saying that No Child Left Behind was not Bush’s own initiative? That Medicare Part D was not his initiative? THat he simply went along with Democrats on either of these or anything else?

            If you believe your own words you are delusional.

            “Woops, we are off in crazy Dean land. He has forgotten the topic of the post. Forgotten what he was replying to. And now we are off on another wild tangent no one even brought up.”

            No, we aren’t and I didn’t. What was brought up, by you no less, was Bush and Medicare Part D. What that points to is the party you support left us with a $500 billion 10 year budget hole, and now you insinuate this was a Democratic initiative. It wasn’t, and it passed with minimal democratic votes. Get your facts straight. Bush did not “acquiesce” to Democrats on anything. Unfortunately too many of them “acquiesced” to him, especially on the Iraq war, another fiscal fiasco.

  • Rob DeHarpport

    Greg Walden actually works for all Oregonians, a rare thing these days. Yes, both parties are guilty of similar sort of shenanigans over the years. But this health care bill is far and away the largest bill to ever be crafted by solely one party ( and then crammed down our throats) Even Democrats do not know excactly what’s in this big simmering pile of …..
    The thing is we were “promised” repeatedly that this would be a “new era” of biparticianship, transparency, CSPAN viewed etc. etc. crafting of this bill. HA! HA! We (not I) were suckered. Imagine that, a Politician lying! The dealmaking began before Obama was even sworn into office.
    But this IS A HUGE LIE of tremendous proportions and consequence, looks as if the true consequences may be a power shift due to the big lies…. can’t wait till November.
    Truth or Consequences, where is Bob Barker?
    Keep up the GREAT WORK Congressman Walden!

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