Tim Griffin: Still fudging on killing Medicare | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tim Griffin: Still fudging on killing Medicare

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2011 at 6:24 AM

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin is still trying to lay his vote to end Medicare off on Bill Clinton. He's slightly modified his disinformation campaign, however. The e-mail I received today has Griffin claiming privatization of Medicare is a bipartisan idea and as proof he quotes the words of then-Sen. John Breaux, co-chair of a commission on Medicare appointed by President Clinton.

Yes, now pharmaceutical industry lobbyist Breaux backed privatization of Medicare.

But, again, for the record Griffin won't tell you about, go to this link for the background on how Clinton was so appalled by Breaux's idea that he wouldn't let his members on the commission vote for it. He proposed a plan of his own to shore up Medicare as we know it, not as Griffin would end it.

ALSO: Griffin told Roby Brock he's prepared to vote not to lift the debt ceiling. Somehow, I don't think his campaign finance leader Warren Stephens will like that much, given that such a vote, if successful, will destroy the markets if not the entire U.S. economy.

AND ALSO: Good question from the Hill for Arkansas Republicans, clamoring for President Obama to declare a disaster in Arkansas so federal money can start flowing. Will they support emergency legislation even if it breaks the debt ceiling? Will they pay for that with tax increases or spending cuts? Or is this a case where, so sorry, we MUST tighten our belts?

QUESTIONS FOR T. GRIFFIN? He's having a "tele-town hall" at 6 p.m. today. Call (877) 229-8493 and then enter "17882" at the prompt.

Tags: ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Bipartisan deal to continue subsidies Trump ended. But ...

    Everyone's reporting that Sens. Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander have struck a bipartisan deal on to continue federal subsidies for health coverage that Donald Trump cut off.
    • Oct 17, 2017
  • Tuesday: Open line, news roundup

    The open line, plus the day's news roundup.
    • Oct 17, 2017
  • James Lee Witt corrects Trump on grade for Puerto Rico relief effort

    Donald Trump twice yesterday used James Lee Witt, Bill Clinton's widely hailed FEMA director and now in the private business of assisting in disasters, as a reference on the work he's done responding to hurricanes this year. Media, particularly on the conservative end, have echoed the Trump remarks.But hold on: Witt wasn't talking about Puerto Rico.
    • Oct 17, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • Is Arkansas in or out on Kobach voter data effort?

    The Washington Post has published a map that counts Arkansas as among states that will "partially comply" with a sweeping request for voter data by the so-called election integrity commission set up by Donald Trump in an effort to cast doubt on Hillary Clinton's 3 million-vote popular defeat of him in 2016.
    • Jul 2, 2017
  • Another Republican miracle-working governor

    Great piece in Washington Post on the budget crisis in Louisiana. Big tax cuts and corporate welfare will do that to a state, particularly to a state whose previous governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to join the Obamacare-funded Medicaid expansion. There's a lesson there for Arkansas.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Tuesday: Open line, news roundup

    • As I remember and I could be misremembering, that the ICE raids usually took place…

    • on October 17, 2017
  • Re: Tuesday: Open line, news roundup

    • OMG--could he be any more insensitive? Trump told soldier's widow 'he knew what he signed…

    • on October 17, 2017
  • Re: The Medicaid charade explained

    • How I Got My Desired Loan Amount From A Reliable Loan Company. My name is…

    • on October 17, 2017

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation