By Bret Baier
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Some Congressional Democrats representing rural America are feeling left out when it comes to the President Obama’s ambitious agenda. The Politico newspaper reports from greenhouse gases and climate legislation, to the closing of hundreds of car dealerships, many within his party aren’t exactly feeling the love from the White House.
California Congressman Dennis Cardoza says, “They don’t get rural America. They form their views of the world in large cities.”
Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu adds: “I wouldn’t say it’s a complete strikeout, but they’ve just got a few more bases to it when it comes to the rural community.”
And Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln complains the president has not paid much attention to rural states since his campaign ended, saying: “We’d love to see him out in rural America more.”
The president’s proposal to pay for health care reform in part by cutting government Medicare and Medicaid spending by more than $600 billion over the next decade, has been welcomed by many Democrats.
It’s being called Medicare and Medicaid savings. But, when the Bush administration proposed similar cuts, many Democrats railed against the plan. Continue reading