Mitch McConnell caught with Amgen’s *ahem* in his mouth

The federal government, as you know, is nothing more than a Republican whipping boy. Deficits are a particularly sweet piece of ass for conservatives to lash. The ‘fiscal cliff’ would have significantly cut government debt, but what good does that do? Bob Schieffer on a Sunday morning without his fiscal banshees? I don’t think so.

What I’m saying is that Republicans don’t give a damn about government spending. They didn’t before, and they don’t now.

WASHINGTON — Just two weeks after pleading guilty in a major federal fraud case, Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology firm, scored a largely unnoticed coup on Capitol Hill: Lawmakers inserted a paragraph into the “fiscal cliff” bill that did not mention the company by name but strongly favored one of its drugs…

The provision gives Amgen an additional two years to sell Sensipar without government controls. The news was so welcome that the company’s chief executive quickly relayed it to investment analysts. But it is projected to cost Medicare up to $500 million over that period.

Half a billion for nothing. Who pulled this scam?

The story told us of a pharmaceutical giant called Amgen and three senators so close to it they might as well be entries on its balance sheet: Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), Democratic Senator Max Baucus (MT), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and that powerful committee’s ranking Republican, Orrin Hatch (UT). A trio of perpetrators who treat the United States Treasury as if it were a cash-and-carry annex of corporate America . .

All three have received hefty campaign donations from the company whose bottom line mysteriously just got padded at taxpayer expense. Since 2007, Amgen employees and its political action committee have contributed nearly $68,000 to Senator Baucus, $73,000 to Senator McConnell’s campaigns, and $59,000 to Senator Hatch.

Hard to find any Republicans more conservative than McConnell or Hatch. There are no Democrats more conservative than Baucus.

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