Bob Dole may like the health care bill, but Bob Dole has plenty to criticize in the Obama administration.
Dole has signed on to be Sen. Chuck Grassley’s national finance chairman for his reelection campaign. In a letter to Grassley supporters, Dole blasted Obama has hiring “30 of his cronies as ‘czars’ over massive new bureaucracies with billions of dollars in budgets and thousands of employees.”
Dole also said MoveOn and ACORN are trying to unseat Grassley (R-IA), who he believes has been instrumental in standing up to Obama. Grassley, Dole argued, is “good for America.”
Grassley has been one of Obama’s loudest detractors, and especially opposes the health care plan. Dole has argued for the plan’s passage, though last month sparred with Democrats over use of his support in a political ad.
Dole takes aim at health care in this letter, saying Grassley is trying to block “an attempt to allow government to take over health care and for Washington bureaucrats to decide which patients sees which doctor and what limits and access there will be on their treatments, drugs and therapies.”
That’s a far cry from Dole’s statement last month:
The American people have waited decades and if this moment passes us by, it may be decades more before there is another opportunity. The current approaches suggested by the Congress are far from perfect, but they do provide some basis on which Congress can move forward and we urge the joint leadership to get together for America’s sake.
Oh yeah, and Dole says liberals are trying to please Castro and Chavez.
Read Dole’s full letter to Grassley fans after the jump.
My Dear Fellow American,
I am writing to you today with an urgent, personal request.
I need you to join with me in supporting a strong, conservative U.S. Senator and personal friend of mine, Chuck Grassley, in his re-election campaign. I know Chuck Grassley and I worked with Chuck Grassley. He is the hardest working Senator in Washington for all the right reasons.
That is why I’ve agreed to serve as Chuck’s National Finance Chairman for his 2010 re-election campaign.
As soon as you finish reading my email, I hope you will take out your checkbook and join me in supporting Chuck because he is fighting hard on so many fronts to stop Democrats in Congress from rushing to enact a slew of new and radical liberal policies.
In fact, Senator Grassley has been so effective in standing up to this liberal agenda; they have finally succeeded in recruiting a top tier candidate to challenge Senator Grassley in the next election.
The Democrats have recruited an ultra-liberal Democrat trial lawyer who I believe will vote in lock-step with the Senate Democrats. She is also a past President of the American Trial Lawyers Association.
In fact, she’s the type who will probably take it a step beyond that to the point of being an activist liberal senator coming up with one way after another to make America less competitive, and pushing those ideas hard. She has been a statewide leader in the Iowa Democrat Party for decades and was at the top of the Democrats’ wish list of candidates to take on Grassley.
What’s more, she’s got great personal wealth and has pledged to spend $10 million to defeat Chuck.
And that’s just what the Democrats want because they are determined to force through the most aggressive big government agenda in our nation’s history…and they don’t want anyone to stop them! She might be a nice person, I don’t know, but I do know she is not the person Iowans want representing them in the U.S. Senate.
Consider what we have seen from the liberals in Washington recently:
â¢Bailouts and takeovers that have cost tax payers billions
â¢A $787 billion economic stimulus plan laden with pork projects which hasn’t stimulated, while unemployment has risen from 8% to 10%, and we’re told it will go higher and not go down for another year.
â¢ Globally, a lack of understanding of America’s role in the world and how to protect our national interests, coupled with a desire to please the likes of Castro, Chavez, and socialist leaders of Europe.
â¢Here at home an attempt to allow government to take over health care and for Washington bureaucrats to decide which patients sees which doctor and what limits and access there will be on their treatments, drugs and therapies.
â¢An energy plan that will impose a whole new set of taxes for Washington spenders, with negative results for the economy, taxpayers, and still higher unemployment.
â¢A staggering increase in federal deficits, projected to be $1.4 trillion, and a total federal debt exceeding $24 trillion within 10 years– more than $70,000 for every man, woman and child in this country.
I doubt many Americans thought this was coming when they voted for the “change” in 2008.
I know that Chuck Grassley saw it coming and he’s been sounding the alarm for the past year.
You have probably seen him on tealevision or heard him on national radio
reporting the truth about what’s going on and what must be done to stop the liberals.
Chuck Grassley has been an effective voice in Washington, standing up to a radical left-wing agenda.
Meanwhile, back home in Iowa, liberal groups like MoveOn.org, ACORN and others have been organizing to defeat him when he comes up for reelection in 2010.
Why? Because he’s a major threat to their radical agenda and their liberal dreams of government running our lives and our economy.
They were able to win Iowa for President Obama in 2008 and they hope to increase the liberal Democratic majority in Congress. They want more power, and defeating Chuck Grassley will give them what they want.
While the President has named more than 30 of his cronies as “czars” over massive new bureaucracies with billions of dollars in budgets and thousands of employees, Chuck Grassley has stood strongly opposed to the practice.
Chuck Grassley has raised this issue repeatedly and forcefully.
If you are like me, you know that returning Chuck Grassley to the Senate is good for America.
Will you help me assure that Chuck Grassley is reelected to the U.S. Senate in the coming elections? Will you invest in his campaign to protect your children’s future with a generous gift of $25, $50, $100, or even more?
Your contribution today will help him build the war chest to win.
Your support now will prepare the ground work for the battle that is sure to come.
By recruiting their “dream candidate” – a multi-millionaire trial lawyer who has set a budget of at least $10 million to defeat my friend Chuck Grassley — the Democrats think Chuck is vulnerable and beatable.
Without the funding necessary to defend his record and present his vision
for the future, they just may get what they want.
Even in a smaller state like Iowa, campaigns now cost millions of dollars.
Chuck needs the ammunition for the battle. Please, join me in supporting him by sending a gift of $50, $100, or $250 today.
I thank you in advance for your generosity and leadership in the battle to protect this great nation.
Senator Bob Dole