May 12, 2005
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?
May 12, 2005
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?
Tonight's Tribute to Tom DeLay is the latest event demonstrating how DeLay and Congressional Republicans have deliveredfor the corporate special interests at the expense of average Americans. The $2,000 per table gala, to be attended by special interest lobbyists and Republican members of Congress, is an ill-conceived acknowledgement of the gifts DeLay hasgiven the special interests in return for the political contributions, lavish trips and legal defense funds they have bestowed on him.
"Staying true to their agenda, Republicans will spend tonight toasting Tom DeLay's leadership in granting the corporatespecial interest wish-list at the expense of American taxpayers, " said DCCC communications director Bill Burton. "Given the choice between giveaways for energy corporations or relief for families at the gas pump, Tom DeLay has chosen his corporate energy pals every time. Instead of putting Tom DeLay at the head table, Congressional Republicans should put middle class families ahead of their special interest agenda."
Under the Table and Dreaming:
American families are wondering what is being done about the continued record prices at the pump and the steady climb of prescription drug costs. Republicans in Congress have not been fighting for American interests, but here's a look at what they have been fighting for:
Tom DeLay's Republican Colleagues supported an $8 billion giveaway to energy corporations. According to independent analysts, the Energy Bill that passed recently included $8 billion in tax breaks, mostly for energy producers. [LA Times, 4/22/05]
Tom DeLay's Republican Colleagues gave hundreds of millions to drug companies. The prescription drug legislation written by Republicans in Congress ensured that more than 60% of the Medicare dollars spent to buy more prescriptions will remain in the hands of drug makers as added profits. This is an estimated $139 billion dollars in increased profits over 8 years for the world's most profitable industry. At $17 billion annually, this means about a 38% rise in drug maker profit. [Alan Segar, Ph.D. & Deborah Socolar, M.P.H. "61 Percent of Medicare's New Prescription Drug Subsidy is Windfall Profit to Drug Makers." Boston University. 10/31/03]
Tom DeLay's Republican Colleagues have taken more than $2,000,000 from Tom DeLay and his PAC and have given more than $300,000 to the DeLay Legal Defense Fund.