Cohen’s Weekly Praise Fest

Our Congressman, Steve Cohen, has sent along his weekly email discussing all the great things he has done for us.

Of course he crowed about the phony 7 million claim by the administration of signups for Obamacare. He calls it “high quality, affordable health coverage.” We’ll see about that. I say phony numbers since 6 million were cut out of their insurance. Already that means only a plus of a million people. And of those, we have no way of knowing who has paid and who will pay. Many of these signups are new people to Medicaid. This does not indicate enough money in the pot to provide coverage for most.
Cohen writes:

. Last month, I launched my “Building a Healthier Memphis” series on wellness in the Ninth District with a panel discussion and education session focused on the racial disparities in breast cancer outcomes in Memphis. During the panel—which drew an overflow crowd—experts discussed the reasons for the current outcome gap and helped identify how Memphians can take advantage of provisions of the President’s Affordable Care Act that include no co-pay and no deductible mammograms to address the disparity and improve outcomes for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Want this translated? Notice he doesn’t give a number on the overflow crowd. Could have been held in a closet for all we know. “Experts” identifying how Memphians can take advantage of the ACA? Probably ACORN or Seedco people telling them how to work the system.

In connection with the ACA, Cohen highlights that he will have a telephone town hall Monday night at 6:20 p.m. to answer questions and “discuss a variety of topics including my next ‘Building a Healthier Memphis’ wellness event taking place next weekend. If you would like to participate in this telephone town hall on Monday, April 7th, please fill out the form here with your home phone number before Sunday evening – unfortunately, we are unable to call cell phones.”

Talk about picking and choosing your questions! Pravda would be proud. How come he won’t meet in person?

He mentions the Senate’s move to extend unemployment benefits and berates House Speaker Boehner for not going along with this:

Speaker Boehner shouldn’t make millions of out-of-work Americans—including more than 31,000 Tennesseans—wait another day for the unemployment benefits they need to keep a roof over their heads and put food on their tables. He should stop obstructing the Senate’s bipartisan bill and immediately let the House vote to extend this critical lifeline to people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

But what is Cohen doing to promote jobs? That is far more important than more unemployment insurance and the real answer to this problem. Instead, he likes to take a swipe at Republicans. Surely even he gets tired of the trite phrases.

He lists the obligatory homage to Dr. Martin Luther King on the anniversary of his assassination and touts his participation in events around town. Fine. He mentions that Isaac Hayes’ “Shaft” soundtrack was inducted into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry. And then that “Memphian Anthony ‘Amp’ Elmore met with South African Ambassador to the United States Ebrahim Rasool to discuss his proposal to launch a cultural and economic exchange between the African nation and the city of Memphis.” This Congressman figures hobnobbing with famous people is his road to the vote and he does it incessantly. You’d think people would get tired of it, but, then again, this man tried to get himself into the Black Caucus in Congress, so he has almost no shame.

Which is a shame for our community that so badly needs a representative more interested in their welfare than his.

The praise fest continues:

This week, I received another “Humane Champion” award from the Humane Society for my perfect voting record in 2013. Not only do I have more of these annual awards than anyone else in Tennessee’s Congressional Delegation, but the Humane Society also gave me extra credit for sponsoring the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, which would end an abusive practice used by some horse trainers.

Following that he derides Republicans for their budget proposal:

On Tuesday morning, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released his 2015 Republican budget proposal. I’m not surprised that he chose Tuesday, April 1st to do it—as his proposal certainly looks like a cruel April Fools’ joke being played on the American people.

He launches into the Supreme Court decision on McCutcheon v. FEC and warns us to check for unclaimed property and against paying too much in our taxes.

Another, week, another praise fest.

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