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Sen. Schumer: Americans Don't Care About 'Porky' Amendments


Sen. Chuck Schumer's (D-N.Y.) comments on the Senate floor a little while ago seemingly in defense of "tiny...porky amendments" in the economic stimulus bill took Republicans aback.

As you can see in the video above, which Republicans are circulating around, Schumer said, "And let me say this to all of the chattering class that so much focuses on those little, tiny - yes - porky amendments: the American people really don't care."

Tell that to GOP and centrist senators. They protested the bill's $400 million for STD/HIV prevention, $75 million for anti-smoking programs and $50 million for the arts, among other provisions.

"Well we took those out," Schumer said today, in a part of his speech that wasn't captured in the YouTube video above. "If we took them out, they still weren't going to vote for the bill. They were excuses."

And after his "chattering class" comment about how people really don't care about the porky little provisions in the stimulus bill, Schumer explained, "The American people care far more that there's a proposal in the bill...that gives a $2,500 credit to families who pay tuition to put their kids through college...they care far more about that than about some small provision in the bill that shouldn't be in there."


By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 10, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
 
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I hope that Sen. Schumer and the rest of the Democratic Party is smiling when he sees the election results in 2010 and 2012.

Sorry Ladies and Gentleman, but we do care and we will vote in 2010 and 2012. For all of the "Obama-nuts", we pay taxes and the USG can only squeeze so much before it is cheaper to fold-up our taxpaying tents and just retire.

I am not in the market for an RV and I don't see how RV sales are going to improve in the short term. So keep on hitting the road Mr. President, all the way to 2012 when we all vote for REAL CHANGE- Sen. Jim DeMint in 2012.

Remember, pelosi & Reid have had control of the House and Senate for two years and since the Democrats came to town or power, the economy has sunk and shriveled-up.

Vote for REAL CHANGE- Sen. Jim DeMint in 2012.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | February 10, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Just a little dose of arrogance from a true ahole.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | February 10, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Schumer is an arrogant fool who keeps getting re-elected! C'mon voters, WISE UP!!

Posted by: msmyra5 | February 11, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Many comments have been made that Schumer has never seen a microphone or a camera he does not love. This guy is a jerk. As an American, I DO CARE about the "porky stuff." The arrogance of those in power is unbelievable. Typical is the "I won" comment by Obama when confronted with a question he did not like. He is one of the best arguments in favor of term limits -- too long in power -- too much power. Someone once said "Power corrupts - absolute power corrupts absolutely." No need for reps to have lifetime jobs.

Posted by: evelynadele | February 11, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

MORE PONZI SCHEMES? THIS NEEDS TO END! WAKE UP AMERICA!
JPMorgan and CITI were found GUILTY of contributing to the ENRON PONSI SCHEME.
JPMORGAN CHASE and CITI PAID GOVERNMENT SETTLED AGREEMENTS FOR FRAUD in our nation's “LARGEST ‘PRIVATE’ FINANACIAL FRAUD CASE “ in our history! National Century Financial Enterprises, Inc. (NCFE) Federal prosecutors proclaimed “no one has ever heard of” this case. I believe that was intentional. (DOJ case ended 2008)

This month, FEBRUARY ‘09, although the DOJ’s NCFE case ended in December 2008, we now have ‘Credit Suisse Securities LLC has asked the court overseeing litigation over the collapse of health care lender National Century Financial Enterprises Inc. to sanction Lloyds TSB Bank PLC for allegedly hiding a deal with Moody's Investor Services Inc…’

December 2008, at the last trial of NCFE in Columbus, Ohio, ALL executives EXCEPT ONE, was acquitted. Funny, Mr. Happ was the last executive to go on trial, even after the so-called master mind, CEO Lance Poulsen.

Mr. James K Happ, the ONE and ONLY EXECUTIVE acquitted in this trial that NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD OF. Who is Mr. James K Happ?

Mr. James K Happ was the CFO at Richard Rainwater's Columbia Homecare Group prior to arriving at National Century Financial Enterprises, Inc. (NCFE)

As CFO at Columbia Homecare Group, Mr. James K. Happ was responsible for divesting the ‘losing assets’ of a publicly traded company’s homecare segment via NCFE's financing. The alleged divestiture was a sale to a 'PRIVATE' company, Medshares, Inc. Medshares was a healthcare company that was already under investigation for MEDICARE/MEDICAID FRAUD. Medshares acquired this divestiture and six months or so later, filed bankruptcy.

Associated Press - February 21, 2008
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A former executive of NCFE says the company withheld financial information from its investors. Sherry Gibson testified Thursday in federal court in the government's securities fraud case against five former owners and executives of National Century Financial Enterprises.
The government alleges the five schemed to defraud investors of $1.9 billion.
A guilty executive told jurors she told investors "absolutely nothing" about National Century's practices of advancing cash to Memphis, Tenn.-based Medshares, a home-health care provider.

National Century executives also had voting control of Medshares stock. National Century wired that company $93 million without receivables during that same time frame.

The last trial in the “LARGEST ‘PRIVATE’ FINANACIAL FRAUD CASE “in our history, the one and only executive, James K Happ gets his acquittal. According to the jurors, “The PROSECUTOR did not do his JOB!”

The LARGEST CORPORATE BANKRUPTCY ever filed in Memphis, TN was filed by Medshares, Inc. in 1999.

If one searches the court records, the outcry from so many lawyers of fraud were only to be scolded by the judge and warned not to use the "F" word in her court.

Posted by: sasha2008 | February 11, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

[Quote] And after his "chattering class" comment about how people really don't care about the porky little provisions in the stimulus bill, Schumer explained, "The American people care far more that there's a proposal in the bill...that gives a $2,500 credit to families who pay tuition to put their kids through college...they care far more about that than about some small provision in the bill that shouldn't be in there." [End Quote]

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That's right Chuck. So why was the pork in there to begin with!!?? Why do you associate something as worthy as a $2500 college education credit with what you admit are "porky little provisions?" Well, never mind. You’re a sour joke and a political has-been. I don't think even ACORN could save you in the next go round.

Posted by: OIFVet06 | February 11, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

As usual, Komrade Senator Chuckie Schumer has got it all wrong. Americans DON'T CARE ABOUT HIM! It's Schumer who doesn't care about Americans. I'm looking forward to 2010 & 2012, when these clowns will be gone.

Posted by: gbaxterusmc | February 11, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

One more example of how our ruling class is manipulating all of us.

Can someone please tell me if Chuck Schumer ever made a call to a regulator on behalf of Bernie Madoff? It seems odd to me that a Senator with such close ties to the financial services industry and who raised many millions in campaign donations from Wall Street money managers has had virtually nothing to say about Madoff's fraud scheme.

Posted by: deep6 | February 11, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I am a democrat but Schumer, Pelosi and Reid are three of the biggest idiots in politics. Schumer you are sounding like Bush now and you see where it got him and his party.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | February 11, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

He doesn't represent me, so I am not really interested in his tiny little porky comments. My neighbors in New York should be interested in his arrogant tiny little porky (a.k.a. brainless) comments.

Elections indeed, but folks it will never end, unless we force a constitutional amendment down their arrogant throats, to institute term limits. And political force it will take, since the foxes that are in charge of the pig (porky)pens have to vote on it as well.

Posted by: bootlegger1 | February 11, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

We won't make any impression on the elitist Schumer by whining with our posts on bulletin boards and in blogs.
Flood his office with your Calls, Faxes, and Emails; let him know how you really feel.

Posted by: OldFool | February 12, 2009 1:24 AM | Report abuse

And another elitist royalist politician from Versailles tells us to eat cake. The brazenness and arrogance of this person shows the distance and chasm between him and middle America. I am retired and the total tax cuts and dollars that this miserable jerk is sending me will allow me to stimulate the weekly economy at McDonalds and no further. I assume that this pig's friends will afford much better at the Hamptons.

Posted by: rich15 | February 12, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

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