Monday, December 21, 2009

How Much to Bribe a Democrat Senator?

Nelson is cheap. He should have held out for $100 billion

Nebraska will receive $100 million in assistance for its state Medicaid program under provisions negotiated by Sen. Ben Nelson (D) in the Senate's healthcare reform bill.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) informed lawmakers on Sunday night that the section of the manager's amendment to the Senate's health bill would cost $1.2 billion over 10 years.

Nelson managed to win a share of the section of the manager's amendment on Equitable Support for Certain States, which will provide Nebraska, along with Massachusetts and Vermont, support in paying its share of additional costs to Medicaid in the health legislation.

The provision, which Republicans have derided as the "Cornhusker Kickback," actually provides Nebraska the least of the three states. Vermont will receive $600 million over 10 years, while Massachusetts will receive $500 million. The money to Nebraska had previously been reported to be $45 million.

Man asks a woman "Will you sleep with me for $10,000?"

Woman "Sure!"

Man "How about for $2?"

Woman "What do you think I am, a common whore?"

Man "We've already established what you are. We're just haggling over the price"

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