Editor's note: Eric Jackson's article, Evan Bayh: Hypocrisy on the Public Option, has generated spirited comments from readers of RealMoney and TheStreet.com. We have compiled a sampling below. You can post your comments directly to TheStreet.com Web site by becoming a member here.
There's no hypocrisy unless he favored one thing for some people and another for others. If Susan Bayh served on the board of a think-tank that favored capitalism and a strong defense, would you say that Evan's support of those principles represented a conflict of interest? The REAL conflict of interest is those politicians who want to take from those of us who EARN MONEY and are HAPPY with our healthcare so it can be REDISTRIBUTED to voting blocs that do not pay for health insurance or healthcare right now.
I thought I was an informed Hoosier. Now I am an educated one. Great post!
Interesting article on Evan and Susan Bayh. I am an Emmis shareholder and agree with many of your comments regarding her tenure as a director of EMMS. However, one minor problem with your story is that EMMS sold its corporate jet this spring. Taken from
The basic fallacy of your article is the assumption that Evan Bayh's opposition to a public option does not reflect the views of the voters he represents. As a Midwesterner, I can assure you that a majority of people in Indiana and Illinois are dead set against the public option. If Bayh should recuse himself from the Senate vote, then a majority of the liberal democrats in the chamber should also recuse themselves for accepting campaign funding from pro-public option neo-socialist groups. It all amounts to whose ox is gored.
It does not matter what your political views are. I am a staunch Democrat
To me your article says "vote for term limits." I agree that this is a sad state of affairs but it has been this way for a long time. Also, elected officials should not be allowed to become lobbyists after their term in office. Unless we get more unselfish people into office I feel that mediocrity is our destiny at best. Nice article.
Your small disclaimer (at the end of your article) about supporting a private sector based approach to health care reform did not overcome the tone of the article. Evan Bayh may be compromised by his families ties to a for profit health care corporation but with Democrats in charge with overwhelming majorities the Blue Dogs are all that stand between my ability to choose my health care and the leviathan state rationing away my ability to protect myself and my family. The effect of your article is to strengthen the Pelosi/Reid coalition which is not friendly to those of us who feel they are better equipped to make their own choices about health care. After 60 Minutes expose on massive waste in the administration of Medicare who in their right mind would want another bloated government mandate? PS - If management of Real Money would permit it then why don't you pen a piece on private sector based alternatives to a state run health care program.
I have a big complaint about the article
How was this supposed to help me make money? You should've tried to get this piece into the Times or WSJ, not