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April, 27th 2009

Americans United for Change FAIL

– Liz Mair

I noticed this in a Glenn Thrush post earlier about liberal interest group Americans United for Change attacking Susan Collins, very likely one of President Obama's best potential Republican allies and someone who, in my opinion, it makes no sense for Democrats and groups friendly to them to be alienating right now.  Tom McMahon, the Acting Executive Director of Americans United for Change apparently says, while blasting Collins for allegedly opposing $800 million-plus in panedemic preparation, that "Eight years of shortchanged priorities in critically important things like pandemic preparation in order to pay for more tax cuts for millionaires and big oil subsidies were quite enough.”

Did I read that right?  Big oil subsidies?  Maybe McMahon should go back and look at the voting record, because he seems to have missed the memo: Obama voted for the 2005 Energy Bill (oft-styled by Democrats and left-leaners as "Dick Cheney's Energy Bill") which contained $2.8 billion in subsidies for... oil and gas companies!  Maybe if AUC has an issue with shortchanged priorities, apparently including big oil subsidies, they should take it up with the guy whose agenda they've been pushing for this whole time? [intro]

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