Thursday, January 27, 2011

Business As Usual

John Boehner To Give Keynote Address At Annual Insurance Lobbyists Summit

They don't even try to hide it anymore.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has been booked to deliver the keynote address at the annual conference of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, a group that will hold powerful sway over lobbying efforts regarding health care and regulatory reform on Capitol Hill this year.

Like I said....

According to a press release from the IIABA:

Speaker Boehner will be a key note speaker at the legislative conference breakfast which occurs just prior to the association’s annual Big “I” Day on Capitol Hill. Every year more than a thousand agents and brokers visit Capitol Hill offices to lobby members of the House, Senate and their staffs on issues that directly impact independent agents and consumers.

“The Big ‘I’ is honored that during such a pivotal year, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) will be kicking off our annual agent pilgrimage to Capitol Hill,” says Robert A. Rusbuldt, Big “I” president and CEO. “We’re looking forward to hearing his insights on the implementation of the new health care law, tax and spending issues, financial services regulation and other important topics facing our members, their businesses and the American economy.”

"Speaker Boehner has been a longtime friend of our small business owners in his home state of Ohio and, as a former small business person himself, can provide an important perspective our members will appreciate," says Charles E. Symington, Jr., Big "I" senior vice president for government affairs. The Speaker's focused commitment to removing government barriers in order to create more jobs and economic growth go hand-in-hand with many of the Big 'I's' goals."

No word on whether he will be passing out checks on the floor of the House from lobbyists like he did with the Big tobacco racket years ago.

The IIABA has been a staunch opponent of President Obama's health reform law, and supports House Republicans' misguided attempt to repeal it. The group's PAC spent nearly $2 million in the 2010 election cycle alone, including a $10,000 donation to Boehner.

Emphasis mine.

Conflict of interest much?

Like I said, they don't even try to hide this shit anymore. Used to be it was done in smoke filled dark rooms where not every Tom, Dick And Alvin could see what was going on, now, it's a big middle finger and wink wink, in broad daylight.

Is it me, or isn't he supposed to be

on our side?


I just made a funny.

Fuck You Boehner.


This is your new Speaker of the House folks, you asked for it, you got it.

H/T Huffpo


  1. Yup, those which caused the meltdown Probably aren't likely to fix it. At least the misguided libs would like to help us, in their own way. The thieving bastard Repugnicans just want to put us in our proper place.


  2. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  3. Anonymous6:28 AM

    where are the jobs, john ??

    i send one first thing every morning, just so he can't forget about us.

    mrs. jp

  4. a big middle finger and wink wink, in broad daylight

    Ah, transparency!

  5. LMAO!!
    One way to look at it I guess.

  6. Me thinks I've voted my last...

  7. After the Koch meeting, it's de rigeur!

    Everyone's doing it.

    And getting paid very well.

    And the citizenry sleep on . . . .

    Thanks, B,


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  9. I HATE orange, in a blog or on a Speaker Of The House.

  10. The business of the American people is business...even when they're supposed to be representing the American people.

  11. Hey Busted, my weekend's here!

    Clinks some Tennessee Sour Mash to Busted N His Minions In Here!

    Four fingers worth, bitchez!


    Best to all, now back to the Egyptian Jasmine . . . 'oh the times they are a changin'.

  12. Actually, it'll be a prayer breakfast: They'll be praying they can gouge us for even more money than in 2010.