Villainous Money Welcomed

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 1, 2009

You know, if I didn’t like or approve of a particular entity or industry, I would go out of my way to ensure that I had as few dealings with that entity or industry as possible. Ideally–assuming that I said something along the lines of how the entity or industry was made up of “villains”–the number of dealings we would have with one another would be zero.

Nancy Pelosi thinks differently:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called health insurers “the villains” in the unfolding story of the health care overhaul on Thursday, ratcheting up an anti-insurer theme trotted out by President Obama earlier this month and encouraged by other Democratic leaders in Congress.

“It is somewhat immoral what they are doing. Of course, they have been immoral all along how they have treated the people that they insure,” MSNBC’s Luke Russert quoted her as saying. “They are the villains in this.”

Pelosi, of course, has accepted campaign contributions from said villains this year and in the past, as have most of her Democratic colleagues. Pelosi’s campaign committee, for example, took $2,500 from AFLAC’s political action committee on April 13. But she’s not giving the money back just because she thinks the sources are immoral and villainous.

“As the Speaker’s opposition to the health insurance companies being in charge of American’s health care shows, there is no link between political contributions and positions on policy,” said her spokesman Brendan Daly.

Apparently, contributions to the Speaker that come from the health insurance industry do not make up that large of a portion of her total contributions from the insurance industry in general. Still, if one is in the top 12% of recipients of health insurance campaign contributions, that ain’t chicken feed.

Pelosi’s example reminds us that a paraphrase of one of Orwell’s famous lines holds quite true: All politicians are guilty of hypocrisy. But some are more guilty than others.

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