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    NY-23: Owens Breaks 4 Campaign Promises in first hour in Congress
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    GOUVERNEUR TIMES 

    November 6, 2009

    Nathan Barker

    Congressman-elect Bill Owens was sworn in at noon today.

    Owens indicated in a press release that he was now in favor of the bill in direct contrast to his earlier position during his campaign.

    According to Politico.com, Mr. Owens assured voters that he felt the public option had no place in the health care reform bill. Contrary to that position, Mr. Owens now indicates that he intends to vote in favor of the bill even though it now contains a public option.

    Mr. Owens also indicated during his campaign that he was firmly opposed to cutting Medicare benefits, taxing health care benefits, and increased taxes on the middle class in any way as you can see clearly in the screenshot below, taken directly from Mr. Owens' campaign website.

    The House Health reform bill contains sections that cut Medicare benefits, tax existing health care benefits, and increases taxes on the middle class, yet Mr. Owens stated today that he will now vote in favor of those things contrary to what he had promised the voters of NY's 23rd Congressional District that he would vote against.

    Mr. Owens indicated in his press release today that "This legislation will reform the insurance industry and provide increased access to affordable healthcare without taxing healthcare benefits, cutting Medicare benefits or raising taxes on the middle class, and that is exactly the direction we need to go."

    When The Gouverneur Times attempted to contact Mr. Owens to clarify this information, we received no direct response to our phone or email inquiries. Both FactCheck.org and the Congressional Budget Office agree that HR 3962 contains potentially hundreds of billions of dollars in planned cuts to Medicare, yet Mr. Owens indicates that he supports this legislation and says that it does not cut Medicare benefits. Either Mr. Owens has been snowed or the public is about to be.

    HR 3962 also includes a range of various taxes on middle-class families as well as language to repeal tax relief already in place. Has Congressman Owens blindly followed Ms. Pelosi's rhetoric in believing that the end to a tax cut is not the same thing as an increase in taxes or is he hedging his bet with very carefully chosen words?

    HR 3962 now also contains language that allows illegal immigrants to be covered under the legislation. When The Gouverneur Times attempted to contact Mr. Owens for clarification of this language, we received no response other than the press release heretofore mentioned. Specifically, we asked if illegal immigrants would be forced to purchase healthcare insurance as citizens will be and whether or not they would be forced to do so at standard rates or if they would qualify for the public option subsidy.

    The Associated Press said this morning that: "House leaders said that, in keeping with the Hispanic Caucus' demands, there was not likely to be any prohibition added to the House bill against illegal immigrants shopping in the exchange."

    In a speech made to Congress a short time ago, [Alleged] President Obama had stated that the bill would not contain support for illegal immigrants - a statement for which he was called a "liar" by Rep. Joe Wilson. Rep. Wilson was severely chastised for his comment at the time though it would now seem to be true.

    The mixed-up mess that was the 23rd Congressional District Special Election was a close race between Democrat Bill Owens and Conservative Doug Hoffman. Many feel that it was unlikely Mr. Owens would have won those crucial few thousand votes if the voting public was aware of his intent with regard to the Health Care bill. The majority of residents in this district do not support the Health Reform bill as it is now written and many feel like they've become victims of a fraud perpetrated by their chosen candidate.

    Breaking campaign promises is not unusual for politicians... it's a cliche. This is almost certainly a record though. Mr. Owens broke no less than 4 promises in his first 24 hours in office.
    Posted 2009-11-06 4:45 PM (#27536) By: EternalVigilance


    "Congressman-elect Bill Owens was sworn in at noon today."

    Can someone explain this to me? Yesterday at midday New York State Board of Elections could not give me results from the special election. Not all the relevant counties' boards of elections had reported. I called one county who had zero results reported because of discovered problems with voting machines. That board did not know when the problems would be corrected.

    Since when do we install someone as a result of an election in which all the votes have not been reported? If they have been reported (the results still are not posted at the New York State Board of Elections Web site), should not the results be reviewed in light of obvious discrepancies?
    Posted 2009-11-06 6:05 PM (#27545 - in reply to #27536) By: Gregory


    You know, this whole thing is starting to remind me of a similar story, reported here at AIPNEWS just a few days ago,

    Mexican Mayor Reveals Death Before Body Found

    Has not Nancy Pelosi essentially done the very same thing?

    On the morning of Wedesday, November 4, 2009, Nancy Pelosi made the following statement to the media: "... from our standpoint, we picked up votes last night, one in California and one in New York."

    The video is available here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmNzhbJeYGI

    This struck many of us as a very strange statement for Nancy Pelosi to make.

    As it will be remembered, Bill Owens ran for office on the campaign promise that, even though he was running as a Democrat, he would not support the type of healthcare legislation that had been proffered by Nancy Pelosi.

    And so when Nancy Pelosi first made these remarks, a lot of folks began to chuckle amongst themselves, joking that she must not have been aware of Bill Owens' open opposition to her plan, throughout his campaign.

    In fact, so far as I am aware, there was only candidate who had openly campaigned in favor of Pelosi's plan, and that was Dede Scozzafava, who ended up with only 6% of the vote.  And so it may be instructive to note that the other 94% of the votes essentially went to candidates who have, up until now, stood in opposition to Pelosi's plan.

    But yesterday, with Mr. Owens having apparently won the election, and being sworn into office, his first order of business was to issue a statement saying that he is now in favor of Nancy Pelosi's proposal.

    And so, in the final analysis, it would seem that Nancy Pelosi was very well aware of Bill Owens' true intentions, to support her bill, and she's probably been aware of this for quite some time.

    And, so far as I'm concerned, the most intriguing part of this story is this: How the voters of New York's 23rd District were never made aware of Bill Owens' intention (which now appears to have been his intention all along) to suddenly shift gears on this matter as soon as he was sworn into office.

    It would seem as though the Democrat elites have probably been aware of Mr. Owens' true intentions for quite some time.  And, no doubt, this is what prodded the White House to so actively move to resuscitate Mr. Owens' campaign, in the final days before the election.

    And yet it seems that this tragic example is very indicative of the level of corruption that our nation now faces.

    Posted 2009-11-07 4:43 AM (#27564 - in reply to #27545) By: VALEDICTION

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