So now we find out, thanks to Bill Moyers (Indefatigable Defender of Democracy) and the Public Accountability Initiative's LittleSis database that the "heathcare bill" to be voted on tomorrow by the Senate Finance Committee was NOT written by Sen. Max (Prophet for the Insurance Profiteers) Baucus. The bill was in fact written by the former Vice President for Public Policy for Wellpoint Insurance, the biggest profiteer of them all. Talk about the fox guarding the people's house!
Read the Moyers article here: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/10-0
My favorite passage from the article references David Graham Phillips who in 1906, (in the last Gilded Age) wrote "The Treason of the Senate" for Cosmopolitan Magazine including the following quote;
"Treason is a strong word, but not too strong, rather too weak, to characterize the situation which the Senate is the eager, resourceful, indefatigable agent of interests as hostile to the American people as any invading army could be, and vastly more dangerous: interests that manipulate the prosperity produced by all, so that it heaps up riches for the few: interests whose growth and power can only mean the degradation of the people, of the educated into sycophants, of the masses toward serfdom."
The public outrage provoked by Phillips and other muckrakers contributed to the ratification of the 17th amendment to the Constitution, providing for the direct popular election of senators, who until then were elected by easily bought-off state legislators. Where is our outrage today!