IF a picture tells a 1,000 words, 3 pictures tell the story of America's AWOL "democratic" opposition party... Hugs and Kisses for Bush!
(In deferring to Nancy Pelosi's "leadership", formerly firebrand "liberal" Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz is now COMPLETELY ALIGNED WITH the Bush administration, on those issues which DEFINE the neo-con, right-wing dominance of American politics, such as keeping even DISCUSSION of impeachable abuses of power "off the table," and thus away from the nightly news casts, and out of mind of American citizens.)
DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ is YET ANOTHER "JOE LIEBERMAN Democrat" - a Democrat who wins election victories POSING as a liberal, populist candidate fighting to help citizens overcome bureaucratic obstruction, government neglect, and big business abuses, but, once she attains office in Congress, she REVERTS TO AN AUTHORITARIAN, establishment conservative, support for the decades-long EMBARGO of Cuba (a Right-Wing Republican issue) agenda. Debbie is also of course OPPOSING EVEN BASIC IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS for the Bush-Cheney White House, despite the nearly decade-long list about criminal abuses of power by President Bush and Vice President Cheney. (For example, Mr. Cheney still owns HALLIBURTON STOCK, which value goes up with every billion dollar no-bid, no-oversight contract Mr. Cheney uses his power in the government to hand his "former" company, Halliburton. Bill Clinton was IMPEACHED for "lying" about a consensual, NON-CONSUMATED AFFAIR; MARTHA STEWART WAS CONVICTED of "LYING", AND SENT TO PRISON, over her sale of $55,000 of stock OF A COMPANY SHE HAD NO fiduciary or legal connection with!
DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ REPRESENTS that modern American standard of "justice" - ONE STANDARD for Bush-Cheney administration friends and officials, AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT and MUCH HARSHER STANDARD for "ordinary" Americans!
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: This week's BAIT AND SWITCH Democratic fraudster, running for Congress as a "liberal," but ruling over her constituents from her perch in Congress as a Joe Lieberman pro-war, anti-impeachment, pretend-not-to-notice massive corruption in war contracts administration supporting hypocrite.
Freedom to Travel? More on the Audacity and Hypocrisy of Debbie Wasserman Schultz
by Steve Clemons
Posted March 23, 2008
I had to laugh reading the news that Florida insurance regulators are zapping a major insurance firm because of the travel preferences of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-20).
Schultz apparently applied for an 'increased amount' of life insurance because she planned to travel internationally. I guess one needs more money if one dies in Tel Aviv rather than Tallahassee.
Buzz up!on Yahoo!In any case, a representative of American General Life Insurance, a subsidiary of AIG, called about her travel plans and was told by Wasserman Schultz's husband that she planned to visit Israel.
The mere question of where Wasserman Schultz planned to go allegedly violates Florida's "Freedom to Travel" statute.
Last Wednesday, Wasserman Schultz stated "Our legal travel choices should not adversely impact our ability to purchase life insurance."
Legal travel choices? Who in America says "legal travel choices"??
This sounds like what an apparatchik from the Brezhnev-era Soviet Union might have said. And the notion of a "freedom to travel" statute in Florida certainly sounds at oddes with the sound of "legal travel".
Well -- it is no surprise that Debbie Wasserman Schultz offered such a qualification of her comment and her own pretty silly claim that has tried to throw AIG out of the State of Florida.
She has worked with three of the most right-wing Republicans in the State of Florida -- Ilieana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-18), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25), and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL-21) -- to maintain the US embargo against Cuba and to tighten the noose around not only Cuban-American families hoping to see loved ones in Cuba -- but on ALL Americans.
Wasserman Schultz, despite serving as a National Co-Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Red-to-Blue Program has refused to campaign against these three Republicans, who are moderates in no one's books and have successfully made Cuba the only place in the entire world where the Cold War actually got colder in the last decade.
The freedom of Americans to travel has long been considered a human right by nearly every member of Congress. When I worked in the Senate, Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and others spoke of the right of Americans to travel as a protected human right.
There are court cases that challenge the notion that free travel is a Constitutionally-protected right, but nonetheless -- it is a "fringe view" that believes that the federal government of the United States of America has the legal right to tell its citizens where they can and cannot go.
Wasserman Schultz has the audacity to challenge AIG because she feels that her "freedom to travel" has been inhibited by an insurance firm that made a phone call?!
She is complicit in one of the most significant cabals preempting the travel of Americans today and she has no moral authority or legitimacy complaining in her own case that her travel latitude has been restricted when she is directly responsible for inhibiting the freedoms of so many other American citizens.
I recommend to Congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to go pay a call on Republican House Member Jeff Flake (R-AZ-06) who will remind her that it is communist governments that restrict the travel of their freedom-challenged citizens. The U.S. government should not be party to such practices, he will tell her -- as will more than a hundred of her Democratic colleagues, with whom she is politicaly out of line.
Regarding this AIG claim, Wasserman Schultz should feel pretty ashamed that she can twist the state to do her bidding while she is forcing Cuban-American families to choose whether they attend a mother's funeral, or a father's -- because the legal constraints on travel that Wasserman Schultz helped to construct and supports won't allow these families to go to both.
-- Steve Clemons publishes the popular political blog, The Washington Note