HOW THINGS WORK – AT 10:44 A.M. ET: Every now and then we're reminded of how things work in the real political world. Today's reminder comes from the Daily Caller:
Of the 204 new Obamacare waivers President Barack Obama’s administration approved in April, 38 are for fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Northern California district.
That’s in addition to the 27 new waivers for health care or drug companies and the 31 new union waivers Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services approved.
Pelosi’s district secured almost 20 percent of the latest issuance of waivers nationwide, and the companies that won them didn’t have much in common with companies throughout the rest of the country that have received Obamacare waivers.
Other common waiver recipients were labor union chapters, large corporations, financial firms and local governments. But Pelosi’s district’s waivers are the first major examples of luxurious, gourmet restaurants and hotels getting a year-long pass from Obamacare.
For instance, Boboquivari’s restaurant in Pelosi’s district in San Francisco got a waiver from Obamacare. Boboquivari’s advertises $59 porterhouse steaks, $39 filet mignons and $35 crab dinners.
COMMENT: Where today's liberals play and dine. What a role reversal we've had in the last four decades of American politics. At one time the well-heeled were GOP all the way, and it wasn't always pretty. Today the average Joe often finds that the Republican Party reflects his values, but that the Dems are well represented among the upper crust.
Nancy Pelosi represents a money-talks district, and money talks loudly in politics, especially around election time, when campaigns need it. She uses her clout the way every other politician uses it. No hope and change there. So, out of 435 House districts, hers gets 20% of the Obamacare waivers. That's fair, isn't it?
May 17, 2011