Is Jon Corzine A U.S. Senator?
The Corzine strategy also requires pretending that Doug Forrester is not a private citizen and that from time to time Mr. Forrester votes in Washington and Trenton.
Roberto points us to this article in Newsday:
Seeking to gain traction among senior citizens, Democratic Sen. Jon S. Corzine's gubernatorial campaign on Monday linked his GOP opponent to a Bush administration plan for prescription medicine that has critics predicting disaster for the elderly.Just a couple of points the Newsday article failed to mention:
The new program, sponsored by Republicans, pushed by President Bush, and supported by candidate Doug Forrester, is designed to help low-income seniors meet spiraling drug costs. It goes into effect Jan. 1.
1. The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit is voluntary - no one is forced to participate in the plan.
2. Senator Jon Corzine voted in favor of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit bill.
3. Senator Frank Lautenberg voted in favor of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit bill.
4. Doug Forrester is not a member of the U.S. Senate. He lives and works in New Jersey as a private citizen.
We assume both Senators Corzine and Lautenberg voted in favor of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit because the national and state AARP organizations supported the plan. The Newsday article provides the following quote:
"We supported it because it really does help people with catastrophic drug costs," said Marilyn Askin, president of the state AARP.To sum up, Senator Corzine is trying to scare senior citizens into believing, a voluntary prescription drug benefit that he personally supported with his vote in the U.S. Senate, which is supported by AARP, will be a disaster and it’s all Doug Forrester’s fault.
Why does Newsday peddle this nonsense?