Lipinski: "Exec order will likely be overturned by courts"

John Kass is Chicago's most beloved columnist if you're conservative and anti-corruption and most hated columnist if you're liberal and part of the Democrat machine.

chicago tribune logo 2.jpgKass's Chicago Tribune piece today was on Congressman Dan Lipinski, the only member of Bart Stupak's bloc of pro-life votes who stayed strong and voted against the healthcare bill in the House a week ago tonight.

Lots of money lines. Here's one: "People have asked me, 'If it was good enough for Stupak, why wasn't it good enough for you?'" Lipinski said. "The executive order most likely will be overturned by the federal courts. The order does not trump the law."...

Lipinski's father Bill has always been dear to my heart as being a co-sponsor of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act despite the fact Christ Hospital was in his district. He took a tough political stand.

I found out last week the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

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Here's the column...

Lipinski lonely but proud to be pro-life Democrat

Congressman stands up to naysayers in White House after voting against health bill

The only IL Democrat in Congress to vote against Obamacare was on the phone.

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski - one of the few pro-life Democrats who didn't cave in to White House pressure - was explaining how it felt to be very much alone.

"It was rather lonely, yes," Lipinski said of voting against President Barack Obama's federalized health care agenda. "But I could not vote for a bill that would change the status quo on funding for abortion."...

By voting "no," Lipinski has put a target on his back for smears from the WH staffed by the guys from Chicago.

"There were aspects of the president's package that I liked. Helping people get insurance, that sort of thing. But we weren't really voting for health reform. We were voting for a bill that is financially unsustainable. And I couldn't support that bill," he said.

As a Roman Catholic against abortion, he's formally a pariah among most Democratic elites. And predictably, he's been attacked by unnamed WH sources in media reports. Who's behind that? Perhaps when WH chief of staff Rahm Emanuel (D-Tomczak) asks me out to lunch, he'll tell me.

Lipinski said that his "no" vote was about more than abortion.

"I looked through the analysis, I determined it was not a good bill," Lipinski said. "It's not sustainable. It will cost more than we can afford."

Democrats argue that the health care plan will eventually save money when (or if) cuts in Medicare for senior citizens kick in.

But Lipinski, son of the former congressman and longtime 23rd Ward Democratic boss Bill Lipinski, knows that politicians quiver when faced with cutting existing benefits to seniors who vote in big numbers.

"You cannot tell seniors on Medicare that they're going to see cuts, or that they can't see the doctor they've been seeing, or can't go to the hospital they're used to," he said. "It's not going to happen. It's not politically feasible."

Lipinski is my congressman, representing the Southwest Side of Chicago and southwest suburbs. He was one of only 34 Democrats who opposed the bill that passed the House 219-212.

Pro-life Democrats, led by MI's Bart Stupak, argued that Obama's massive health plan could allow federal funds for abortion. Stupak demanded an amendment in the legislation explicitly forbidding that possibility.

But Stupak caved, after the president promised an executive order that would ostensibly do what Stupak asked. It was just a political fig leaf giving Stupak cover for abandoning his principles. It didn't convince insiders on either side of the abortion debate. And it didn't convince Lipinski.

"People have asked me, 'If it was good enough for Stupak, why wasn't it good enough for you?'" Lipinski said. "The executive order most likely will be overturned by the federal courts. The order does not trump the law."

Being a pro-life Democrat must be a lot like being a pro-life newspaper columnist. Sometimes you get awfully chilly.

"It's not just about being against something, it's believing that every individual deserves dignity and respect, whoever they are, at whatever stage of life they're in," Lipinski said. "That is something I hear my Democratic colleagues say. And I say that it's self-evident that the individual is there at conception."

Lipinski has degrees in mechanical engineering, economic systems, and political science. He's not a biologist.

"We know that at conception, the genetic code is there, for a unique individual. This is not something that is just a religious belief," Lipinski said. "If you look at what we know about reproduction, you can see it."

And I can see that the sliming of Lipinski continues by those unnamed WH sources. Last week's media spin was that Lipinski's father installed him in Congress for great health care. Dan Lipinski is a diabetic. Therefore, the spinners whispered, Lipinski is a hypocrite for voting against the president.

"But none of the attacks are true about my health care," he said. Lipinski said he had health insurance as an assistant professor at the University of TN when he took a leave of absence to campaign for Congress. And since his election, he's been on the federal plan.

"I had health care," he said. "If someone has a problem with how I voted, then address my concerns about the legislation. But they use ad hominem attacks based on 'facts' that are incorrect."

Lipinski's real problems are that he voted "no" and he upholds the teachings of his faith on abortion. These must surely be considered grievous secular sins in some quarters of the WH.

"And I thought we transcended the politics of the past. What happened?" Lipinski asked sarcastically.

He reports that in his predominately Catholic and conservative district, the support for his "no" vote is running 3-1 in his favor. If that's accurate, then he did the smart political thing by voting "no."

Smart politics or not, Lipinski is part of a tiny minority in his party. That bothers the WH, but it doesn't bother him.


Comments:

Anti-corruption? They opPOSE the very things they HAVE. They only want rich WHITE people to get it while denying it to others. HOW is THAT anti-corruption.

Anti-corruption? How is it anti-corruption when someone doesn't oppose the SAME things under one government but they do under another, simply because they don't like the one party?

I don't see democrats doing that. I'm protesting Obama's executive order because Hyde needs to be repealed. And I AM a dem. Republicans have been show to NOT do that OVER and OVER.

Anti-corruption? PUUUUHHHHLLLEEEAAASSEEE!!!!

Posted by: Angels_9 at March 29, 2010 2:13 AM


Also, don't blame me for my multiple postings. Your server is the problem. If it wasn't then the pages would not take so long to load. My computer is absolutely fine, after all.

Posted by: Angels_9 at March 29, 2010 2:18 AM


Angels_9

Please dispense with the class warfare and race claptrap. Its old, tedious, and very tiresome.

Visit my hometown of Detroit to see what 50 years of liberal class warfare did for the black residents of that city.

BTW, I lived in the city when black and white residents lived in thriving neighborhoods and attended intergrated schools, and that was before the civil rights movement. That was also before the liberal Democrats took over.

Posted by: Mary at March 29, 2010 5:48 AM


Did he support Nancy Pelosi as speaker? Did he support BHO for president? If so, is he really pro life?

Posted by: Susie at March 29, 2010 8:33 AM


Courts made trafficking in Pornography on the internet be allowed although COPA was a law passed by the legislature that made it illegal.

My court case might make it illegal to require a pornographer like myself to show his pornography to his own children?

5:09-cv-05151 in AR against Google and others.

Posted by: Curtis James Neeley Jr, MFA at March 29, 2010 11:45 AM


Hey Curtis:

Well, this is what God says about people like you.

"Matthew 18:6-8 (New International Version)
6But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

7"Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! 8If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire."

Posted by: Phil Schembri is HisMan at March 29, 2010 3:48 PM


Dear Mods, IF this Curtis is truly a pornographer like he claims may I suggest taking his post and the link down to his name? No need to feed the sickos who troll here.

Posted by: Prolifer L at March 29, 2010 4:23 PM


That may be true but I have lopped of two legs and I think they were burned because when I asked that they let me get them mounted they only said they were no longer in existence.

I do not cause anyone to sin by my actions and I have already been at Heaven's gate. I was removed from a respirator on life-support after slightly over six weeks non-responsive and in a coma. I am here by a miracle on the order of the one described done to Lazarus. I am not physically or mentally healed but I am thankful that I am here.

I know why Lazarus is not discussed post-healing in the Bible but I will never tell in writing to be gathered up by a search engine. It requires speech and can be excused as a delusion. I know that at least one person claimed to have accepted Christ as a result of my website that presents the nude human figure as an object of art. He may have not have completely,but that does not matter. My nude art site witnesses about God more than many churches do.

I have read the entire Bible while in a hospital bed. Few Christians have. I have read the entire Qur'an there as well. Few Muslims have. I am not able to remember either completely due to a severe traumatic brain injury. The first man born killed the second. Moses was a murder who was saved and many consider him a prophet or a saint. Few remember him as a murderer who was on the run.

That is exactly what he was.

The portion of the Bible I think you were referring to was about the church becoming upset about members buying cheap meat after being sacrificed to idols. The portion of that that is too often overlooked is the part that was a command.

Romans 14:16 -
“Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil.”

I hope to stop the broadcasting of pornography to minors in America and two laws that did were stopped by the Courts. I believe the Courts are the proper venue for ending porn trafficking and it might be a unique opportunity that I have and is therefor a responsibility that I have as well. They have offered a large sum of money via phone if I just shut up. It may have been a prank call. It is not about money for me. There is a number that I would accept but they will never consider that because it is in the ?illions and starts with a "b". Ten million is less than 1% of their annual profit. They donated several million to politics last year.

The human figure presented as an object of art is not evil. I am sorry if you think that it is. You might look at my art and disagree. I do not particularly care if you disagree. I realize you are entitled to your opinion. Even if it is wrong and it is if you believe it is evil.

Posted by: Curtis James Neeley Jr, MFA at March 29, 2010 4:54 PM


That may be true but I have lopped of two legs and I think they were burned because when I asked that they let me get them mounted they only said they were no longer in existence.

I do not cause anyone to sin by my actions and I have already been at Heaven's gate. I was removed from a respirator on life-support after slightly over six weeks non-responsive and in a coma. I am here by a miracle on the order of the one described done to Lazarus. I am not physically or mentally healed but I am thankful that I am here.

I know why Lazarus is not discussed post-healing in the Bible but I will never tell in writing to be gathered up by a search engine. It requires speech and can be excused as a delusion. I know that at least one person claimed to have accepted Christ as a result of my website that presents the nude human figure as an object of art. He may have not have completely,but that does not matter. My nude art site witnesses about God more than many churches do.

I have read the entire Bible while in a hospital bed. Few Christians have. I have read the entire Qur'an there as well. Few Muslims have. I am not able to remember either completely due to a severe traumatic brain injury. The first man born killed the second. Moses was a murder who was saved and many consider him a prophet or a saint. Few remember him as a murderer who was on the run.

That is exactly what he was.

The portion of the Bible I think you were referring to was about the church becoming upset about members buying cheap meat after being sacrificed to idols. The portion of that that is too often overlooked is the part that was a command.

Romans 14:16 -
“Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil.”

I hope to stop the broadcasting of pornography to minors in America and two laws that did were stopped by the Courts. I believe the Courts are the proper venue for ending porn trafficking and it might be a unique opportunity that I have and is therefor a responsibility that I have as well. They have offered a large sum of money via phone if I just shut up. It may have been a prank call. It is not about money for me. There is a number that I would accept but they will never consider that because it is in the ?illions and starts with a "b". Ten million is less than 1% of their annual profit. They donated several million to politics last year.

The human figure presented as an object of art is not evil. I am sorry if you think that it is. You might look at my art and disagree. I do not particularly care if you disagree. I realize you are entitled to your opinion. Even if it is wrong and it is if you believe it is evil.

I am a "pornographer" who does ART you will all call PORN. Only a pornographer has a chance to stop trafficking of pornographer.

Posted by: Curtis James Neeley Jr, MFA at March 29, 2010 4:58 PM


I only posted the long message one - delete all of them if you want. Something is wrong with your system. This will probably appear many times too.

Posted by: Curtis James Neeley Jr, MFA at March 29, 2010 5:11 PM


Wow. Random troll is random indeed.

Anyway, thank you Lipinski for calling this what it is. And for pointing out that Stupak and his crew sold out on their principles for very temporary political capital.

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