Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Undoubtedly, Congressman John Boccieri has given a lot of speeches in his time as a politician and office holder.

And in those speeches he peppers his audience with quotes from famous and revered Americans.

One of the revered Americans would be Abraham Lincolon.

But you can bet that he doesn't use the following quote to describe himself:

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time"

He may use it to describe some of his political opponents, but the SCPR suggests that the well known quote may be best applied to himself.

The SCPR never believed that Boccieri would vote against "cap-and-trade." Remember now, yours truly favors some form of "cap-and-trade." So Boccieri cannot say that the SCPR's critique is based on much of a difference on the result of his caving into Obama and House Speaker Pelosi.

And the SCPR thinks that the health care industry is collusive and not truly competitive with one another and people should have a "competitive" choice. So if Boccieri ends up voting with an Obama/Pelosi plan that includes a "public option," would yours truly be upset? Absolutely not!

What the SCPR sees in John Boccieri is a disingenuousness and a feigning of leaning a way contrary to his political party or a undecidedness, when in reality he is the captive of Democratic Party policies and positions on major legislation.

Moreover, Boccieri is more than a tad hypocritical. When newly elected, he criticized Republicans for voting lock-step against the stimulus package.

What is Boccieri's voting percentage with the Democrats?

Ninety-five percent!

With that kind of loyalty factor, how can you criticize others?

Back to the disingenuous factor.

Health care is a major issue. So no matter what Boccieri says now, you can bet he will end up voting the Obama/Pelosi way.

The Repository did excellent work (Robert Wang, Boccieri faces a quandary on health care) on the health care issue and Boccieri's "supposed" dilemma on Sunday.

A lesson that Boccieri needs to learn is this: "talk is cheap."

Perhaps in time he will prove to be his own man. But he hasn't so far.

So when he says (as he did to Wang):
“If people aren’t pleased with the service I’ve provided them, they can vote me out of office, I’m going to vote what’s best for the country. What’s best for the district. ... I’m not afraid to take a stand against my own party.”
One has to be skeptical based on how he has conducted (not words, conduct) himself so far in his tenure as congressman.

The Report expects a lot of Boccieri "bobbing and weaving" over the period that the legislation is being debated in Congress.

All one can do is dare, in fact "double, double dare" him to ACT with boldness. Unless and until he does so consistently, he will continue to come across as a vacillating politician.

And people will ask: Does Congressman Boccieri think he can prove Lincoln wrong? Does he really think you can " fool all the people all the time?"

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